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  1. Security: Stephanie Saul

    Stephanie Saul

    National Politics Reporter

    And now a musical treat.

  2. Security: Jennifer Medina

    Jennifer Medina

    National Politics Reporter

    John Legend! Reid, you know him, right?

  3. Security: Reid J. Epstein

    Reid J. Epstein

    National Politics Reporter

    John Legend I do know! He’s from Ohio – a battleground state!

  4. Security: Jennifer Medina

    Jennifer Medina

    National Politics Reporter

    Phew. In addition to incredible musical talent, he’s been involved in politics and policy for more than a decade now.

  5. Security: Reid J. Epstein

    Reid J. Epstein

    National Politics Reporter

    Friends, let’s hear your impressions of both tonight and the first half of this virtual convention.

  6. Security: David Sanger

    David Sanger

    National Security Correspondent

    It strikes me that tonight was about safety – that Biden would steer Americans back to familiar shores. It was relatively policy free. Rather than focusing on proposals, it was an argument to go back to normal order, where issues are debated (even across the aisle) and not tweeted, and where allies are nurtured. It was an argument to set the clock back. While that may be appealing to many, it’s a rule of foreign affairs that you can’t go back in time. The world doesn’t let you.

  7. Security: Maggie Haberman

    Maggie Haberman

    White House Correspondent

    David, I think that’s right, and that has been the implicit and at times explicit pitch of the Biden candidacy – that something steady and at times seemingly boring is better than what’s there now.

  8. Security: Astead Herndon

    Astead Herndon

    National Politics Reporter

    I think tonight, and the convention, is about reminding Americans what non-dramatic presidencies could look like. It builds on the themes of decency and empathy Biden backers have stressed, that go beyond policy or ideology. It’s not saying, here’s a moderate president you should vote for. It’s, here’s a good guy.

  9. Security: Trip Gabriel

    Trip Gabriel

    National Correspondent, Politics

    The production values have made these virtual hours go down more easily than expected. But so far the takeaway is that Joe Biden is not running on any signature policies, save perhaps health care, or any concrete plans to fix the problems of the economy and the pandemic. He’s running on his character, his empathy for regular Americans and on not being Donald Trump. It may be enough in this unprecedented year.

  10. Security: Sydney Ember

    Sydney Ember

    National Politics Reporter

    Tonight felt very very different than last night, when the theme was all about unity and defeating Trump.

  11. Security: David Sanger

    David Sanger

    National Security Correspondent

    It’s a message of let’s-end-the-chaos, Maggie. And whether you like what President Trump has done, or you can’t stand it, it has been pure chaos. Biden is betting the country is tired of it, and scared what four more years would look like.

  12. Security: Jennifer Medina

    Jennifer Medina

    National Politics Reporter

    I found much of the night sort of plodding, if earnest. But there was such a huge contrast with Trump, which may be what they are really going for. I am thinking about the conversations I had with both strategists and voters today who think that driving the message of a botched handling of the pandemic is the key for voters across age, geography, race and income.

  13. Security: Maggie Haberman

    Maggie Haberman

    White House Correspondent

    Trip, the glue binding the party right now is dislike (putting it mildly) of Trump. So it’s not surprising that that is the focus.

  14. Security: Reid J. Epstein

    Reid J. Epstein

    National Politics Reporter

    Tonight also felt like it had far less of a focus on regular people speaking about their problems than did last night, which had a much faster pace.

  15. Security: Maggie Haberman

    Maggie Haberman

    White House Correspondent

    Reid, it definitely did.

  16. Security: Jennifer Medina

    Jennifer Medina

    National Politics Reporter

    Absolutely. And I am personally more eager for more regular people — maybe talking to the politicians.

  17. Security: Trip Gabriel

    Trip Gabriel

    National Correspondent, Politics

    Also, I can’t sign off without hailing how great the roll call – usually one of the tedious parts of a convention – turned out in this format. What a montage of people, places, languages and cultures – and calamari.

  18. Security: David Sanger

    David Sanger

    National Security Correspondent

    It was a fascinating night – a tour of America, and American diversity, an argument for cross-the-aisle governance in an era of sharp divides, a glossy view of the future in a time of pandemic, unemployment and global disorder. As the only one in this group who misses more cultural allusions than Reid, and the foreign policy guy in the midst of all this political expertise, thanks for having me along.

  19. Security: Reid J. Epstein

    Reid J. Epstein

    National Politics Reporter

    Thank you, chatters, and thank you, readers, for watching and reading along with us tonight. Come on back tomorrow night for more live analysis from an all-star team of Times correspondents (though not me, alas). Until then, stay tuned to our live convention briefing and check out nytimes.com all day tomorrow for all the latest updates from the Democratic National Convention.

  20. Security: Reid J. Epstein

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