Twelve years ago at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, then Sen. Barack Obama addressed the crowd, and gave one of the most impressive and impact-full speeches in recent political history. Four years later and that senator became president, and now someone else appears to be setting the groundwork for a similar path.

Booker at the DNC

Heading into the first night of the Democratic National Convention, the big story that dominated the headlines was the Wikileaks email scandal. The emails revealed that now former Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, attempted to undermine the campaign of Bernie Sanders during the primary.

Despite the issues, one speech made a surprising impact, as reported by The Hill on July 25.

Taking the stage shortly after 9 p.m. local time was New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. For the better part of the next half hour, Booker showed flashes of President Obama from over a decade earlier. "King pointed to a mountain top, Kennedy pointed to the moon – from Seneca Falls to the Stonewall Inn," Booker said, stating, "giants stood and said in a chorus of conviction that America, we will rise."

Booker went on to quote Maya Angelou and "Still like dust I rise." "Let us declare, so that generations yet unborn can hear us: We are the United States of America," Booker told a cheering crowd. "Our best days are ahead of us, and together, with Hillary Clinton as our president, America, we will rise!" Booker continued, before leaving to a hot crowd in Philadelphia.

Trump's take

In response the overwhelmingly positive review of Booker's speech, GOP nominee Donald Trump decided to chime in. "If Cory Booker is the future of the Democratic Party," Trump said, "they have no future."

Convention outlook

The Democratic convention might have gotten off on the wrong foot, but it appears to be ending with a bang.

Following Booker's speech, Michelle Obama took to the stage not long after, giving yet another historic and classic address that many have come to expect from the First Lady. Rep. Joe Kennedy 3rd then went on to introduce Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who would be followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders. Within less than 24 hours, despite the controversy that opened the day, all seems right with the world within the Democratic party, at least for one night.

Election status

According to the most recent round of polling, the general election race between Trump and Hillary Clinton is as close as it can get, with each candidate polling within the margin of error. The deal breaker appears to be with minority groups, where Trump is far behind, with a 70 percent negative rating with Hispanics and women.

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