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great night. i'm the. tonight, breaking news. the enormous stakes for hillary clinton. still writing and tweaking her speech late today. after that unexpected moment. coming around the corner after listening backstage to performer rival, now making the case for her. >> there has never been a man or a woman nobody more qualified than hillary clinton. >> tonight, what will clinton say here? what might she reveal to a country so fiercely divided on hillary clinton? donald trump and the backlash tonight, after saying to russia, if you're listening, find hillary's e-mails. tonight, the campaign now saying it was sarcasm. and this evening here, my one-on-one with clinton v.p. pick senator tim kaine.
trump's sarcasm? right now, the severe storms pounding the east. from washington, d.c. to philly to new york city. the air scare tonight. passengers watching as an engine ignites moments after takeoff. and the alarming moment for the pope. the fall during mass, and tonight, word from the vatican. good eve pressure could not be greater for hillary clinton. clinton will make history tonight here, the first woman to accept the nomination of a major party. but she knows, this is a country divided. a country with ta very trong opinion about her already. you're looking live at the convention hall right now. we have learned clinton is still tweaking her speech tonight. the campaign knows, and hillary clinton knows, that she must come onto that stage tonight and say something, reveal something that could change minds already
25 years. it all comes after president only bama made his case for clinton last night. hiss one-time rival, who became a close partner in the white house, and a friend afterward. but tonight, it is hillary clinton who must make the case for herself. abc's cecilia vega is on the convention floor. >> reporter: tonight, hillary clinton, with the most important speech of her life. aides say she will cast this election as a, quote, moment of reckoning for voters. and she'll invoke the famous phrase that's been her signature for 20 years. >> it takes all of us. yes, it takes a village. >> reporter: it comes after that ringing endorsement from president obama. >> i can say with confidence there has never been a man or a
more qualified than hillary clinton to serve as president of the united states of america. >> reporter: those words bringing the former president looking on to his feet. >> i hope you don't mind, bill, but i was just telling the truth, man. >> reporter: president obama also going on the offense against clinton's opponent. the name alone drawing boos in the hall. >> and then there's donald trump. don't boo, vote. >> reporter: then, this jab. >> anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end. >> reporter: joining in the trump bashing, vice president joe biden. >> how can there be pleasure in saying, "you're fired"? he's trying to tell us he cares about the middle class? give me a break.
>> reporter: and one billionaire taking on another, former new new york city mayor michael bloomberg. an independent, who has run as both a democrat and a republican. >> trump says he wants to run the nation like he's running his business? god help us. i'm a new yorker, and i know a con when i see one. >> reporter: but it was the president speaking in the most personal terms. >> she knows that, sometimes during those 40 years she's made mist mistakes. just like i have, just like we all do. >> reporter: he says, that's what happens when you've been fighting in the public eye so long. >> she's been there for us, even if we haven't always noticed. you've got to get in the arena with her, because democracy
america isn't about "yes, he will." it's about "yes, we can." >> reporter: and that surprise appearance, clinton walking out onto that stage to the cheering crowd. the long embrace with the man she hopes to succeed. tonight, that stage hers alone. >> and so, let's get right live to cecilia vega on the floor tonight. and we know, it's all up to hillary clinton tonight, but she will get help from one >> reporter: david, her daughter chelsea will be the one introducing her, and she's done this many times, even on a convention stage, but given the history of what is about to happen here tonight, sources close to chelsea tell me the focus is on a daughter's pride in her mother. david? >> cecilia, thank you. i see over my shoulder here, the female senators taking the stage here just hours before hillary clinton's speech, and as we're on the air right now, we are learning new details about what
how much tweaking and writing she's still been doing today. let's get right to abc's jonathan karl on the floor right by the stage, not far from the podium tonight. and jon, quite a scene of all those female senators lined up tonight. >> reporter: absolutely, david. and we've learned that hillary clinton will make a specific and direct appeal to people who have serious doubts about her. they may not be sold on trump, they may not like donald trump, but they still have doubts about her. so, her most important audience here is not the people in this room, but independents republicans who she simply knows may not trust her. we're told she started working on this speech weeks agoal. last night, after that moment on the stage with president obama, she worked late into the night and today she's been in a philadelphia hotel room putting on the final touches. >> all right, jon karl, thank you. donald trump telling his supporters, don't watch hillary clinton's speech tonight. donald trump tweeting last night, president obama spoke
but it's not what president obama said, but what donald trump said that trump is now responding to tonight. the appeal to russia, saying to them, if you're listening, find hillary clinton's 30,000 e-mails. tonight, the campaign says he was being sarcastic, that he was not encounselling espionage. abc's tom llamas on the campaign trail. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump trying to retreat from his cyber battle cry, claiming he was just being, quote, sarcastic, when he encouraged the russians to hack hillary >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. i think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. >> reporter: criticism raining down on trump for seeming to ask a hostile foreign government to meddle in an american election. but trump's message now? lighten up. today, his campaign again and again hitting that word, sarcasm. listen to his running mate, mike
media takes what was clearly a sarcastic comment made by donald trump. they've taken a sarcastic come. statement laced with sarcasm. >> reporter: but trump sure wasn't backing away from his comments when he made them. >> do you have qualms about asking a foreign government, russia, china, anybody, to interfere, to hack into a system, of anybody's in this country? >> that's up to the president. let the president talk to them. >> does that not give you pause? >> no, it gives me no pause. >> reporter: in fact, he applauded the idea of vladimir putin's regime hacking his democratic opponent. >> i hope they do. i hope they have her 33,000 e-mails that she lost and deleted, because you'd see some beauties there. >> reporter: tonight, from the clinton campaign, this cutting statement. "it's not sarcastic. it's never a joke. he's the republican nominee, and we should hold him accountable." >> let's go live to tom llamas tonight. back to his call for supporters not to watch hillary clinton's speech. this comes with trump and clinton in a fierce battle now
biggest bounce coming out of their conventions. >> reporter: and we should know soon, but david, we do know this much right now. the democratic national convention has outrated the republican national convention. and we know how much donald trump loves to talk about his ratings. today, he sent out a letter, telling people to boycott hillary's speech, writing, unless you want to be lied to, belittled and attacked for your beliefs, don't watch hillary's speech. david? >> tom llamas with us again tonight. tom, thanks, as always. and as you heard tom report there, plea to russia about those e-mails, but then pointing out today, it was simply him being sarcastic. we talk that straight to clinton's running mate, senator tim kaine tonight. and we ask what he thought of the sarcasm explanation. we also ask if he really thinks trump is hiding something in his taxes, after telling millions that last night here. my one-on-one tonight with senator kaine. >> hey, david. >> reporter: senator kaine. >> good to see you, man. >> reporter: good to see you. >> thank you. >> reporter: we walked with the senator right back onto that
tonight, it's hillary clinton. there was someone else in the audience last night, the man who holds the job right now as vice president, joe biden. >> yeah. >> reporter: and he was asked afterwards, what hillary clinton needs to do tonight, and he said, "she needs to show a little heart." do you agree with him? >> you know, i saw that, really on display, in our first event on saturday down in miami. there's just something being on stage together, and, okay, this is locked into this battle, and hopefully for a very long time. i think >> reporter: america has seen hillary clinton at a podium for many, many years, though, so what will it be about tonight that will reveal something more about the hillary clinton america hasn't been able to learn about? >> i think that hillary tonight, it's really her night. hillary's been at podiums before but in some ways, usually connected with her husband, with others. this is going to be a really wonderful night, especially with chelsea introducing her.
two words that we heard from donald trump. >> there's nothing suspicious in my tax returns, believe me. >> reporter: is he hiding something in his taxes? >> yeah. >> reporter: do you think he is? >> absolutely. and i think he's pretty much admitted it. if i turn over my taxes, they're going to make political hay out of it. >> reporter: he's said that when the audit is done, he'll turn over his taxes. >> but that's -- i've released my taxes, everybody's releases their taxes. that's bogus. he can turn them over. you are going to find out that despite all his claims, he's not a guy that gives much to charity some connections in the business world that are kind of challenging and maybe not even befitting somebody who wants to be president and commander in chief. >> reporter: let's talk about russia. you heard him say, russia, if you're listening, i hope you find those 30,000 missing e-mails. >> i was stunned. >> reporter: is he asking russia for help in hacking hillary clinton? >> well, what he's basically doing is saying, hey, russia, if you can put your thumb on the scale of an election, in the united states, please do it. we know, i'm on the armed
committee. we know russia does interfere in the elections of other countries. we've just got that rock solid and cold. and now we got donald trump saying, hey, russia, put your thumb on the scale to help me in an american election. >> reporter: and those that support trump who might say, listen, there was a little sarcasm during that news conference? think there wasn't sarcasm, it was ignorance. he actually said about me in the news conference that i was a lousy governor in new jersey. i'm a governor of virginia. >> si se puede, si se puede. y yes, we can. >> reporter: and you said, "you never would've imagined that," last night? >> no, are you kidding me? no, absolutely not. we got great seats and hillary clinton said, virginia's important. that's one of the reasons she picked me. it ain't really so much about me. she says, you know what, virginia is an important place these days and that makes me feel really good. >> reporter: she might beg to differ -- >> yeah, i got my modest charms. >> senator tim kaine with us
powerhouse political team later tonight in miletime. 10:00 p.m. eastern, for full coverage of hillary clinton's speech. we'll see you later for the primetime special. in the meantime, the news does continue tonight, and there are severe storms hitting as we're on the air. watches up after ground stops in new york and d.c. driving rain outside chicago, as well, flooding streets and stalling cars. and two people rescued from their flooded car after heavy rains in eastern pennsylvania. so, let's get meteorologist ginger zee tonight, tracking it all. ginger? >> reporter: david, you can feel the storms coming. let me take you straight to the map. from virginia and west virginia, right through parts of new jersey until 10:00 p.m. i'll put down the timing of the storms now for you. the damaging wind, the main threat. and as we go into the 7:00 a.m. hour, that's when we paused it for new york city, you could see flash flooding with this, right in time for rush hour. that's why we've got the watches from massachusetts all the way through central tennessee. and that's not it.
thunderstorm watch, wichita included, until 11:00 p.m. central time. david? >> ginger zee tracking it all for us. thank you. and from florida tonight, an urgent call involving blood donations, because of concerns over zika. the fda is now calling for an immediate halt in blood donations in miami-dade and broward counties until all donations can be screened for zika. it comes after florida health officials announced they are investigating two new cases that may have been spread by mosquitos here in the u.s., not country. and there is a stunning turn tonight in a case that made national headlines involving a one-time washington, d.c. intern. chandra levy disappeared years ago. tonight, he's been cleared of the charge, and here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: tonight, this sensational washington murder case is suddenly wide open again. who killed chandra levy, a
apparently not ingmar guandique, an undocumented immigrant from el salvador, who was convictioned based on a jailhouse confession. that conviction later set aside. a retrial scheduled this fall. but today, the prosecutors moved to drop all charges, due to recent unforeseen developments that were investigated over the past week. levy's disappearance and murder in d.c.'s rock creek park in the summer of 2001 was huge news, ending the career of a powerful california congressman, gary >> did you kill chandra levy? >> i did not. >> reporter: but in may, guandique's lawyers asked to present bombshell new allegations in the retrial that, they say, could implicate condit. they claimed the congressman may have killed levy during a rough sex act gone wrong. police ruled condit out as a suspect years ago, and his lawyers have called those new allegations outrageous. no come meant from them tonight, or from the levy family. and the prosecutors won't elaborate on what threw their
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election. >> i am so incredibly proud of my father. >> i am so proud and grateful to be my mom's daughter. >> reporter: they've known each other for years, as chelsea clinton told "e.t. " >> ivanka and i talk about everything. i'm so grateful she's my friend. >> reporter: just last week, we saw ivanka trump introduce her dad. a task chelsea clinton will take on tonight, just as she did eight years ago after her mom's bruising loss. >> i am very proud to introduce my hero and my mother. >> reporter: tonight, the former first daughter finds herself in a much different position. potentially the first person in history to have both parents serve as president. >> i can't imagine a better president for this moment in time. >> linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> thank you for watching, i'm david muir. we'll see you in primetime for