Andrea Mitchell is no stranger to Philadelphia. NBC News' Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and host of MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports is not only a University of Pennsylvania alum who got her start at KYW, but she's a Penn trustee and travels back to the city regularly to attend board meetings.
Mitchell has been covering Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton since 1992, and has been traveling with her for a year. Alas, neither Mitchell nor Clinton will get to sleep in their own beds post-Democratic National Convention. Instead, they'll both head out on a bus tour with Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, which reminded Mitchell of a similar bus trip between former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. "It was just magic in terms of political chemistry," Mitchell said, referring to Clinton-Gore, "and they're trying to recreate that tomorrow."
How has Philadelphia changed for you?
Philadelphia is so dramatically different. Not just the downtown and the vitality, and the new construction, new civic leadership. It's always been diverse, but it's much less separated. I'm an outsider now, but I think there's been such an improvement in political engagement and civil society.
You've been following Clinton for a long time.
She's always been in the smartest one in the class, she always did more homework. I was with her in Beijing and no on wanted her to say something as controversial about women's rights, that women's right are humans rights. It was a big deal, the Chinese were furious but it was absolutely inspirational to young women who wanted to get into politics.
Everything came to together last night. [Presidential historian] Michael Beschloss said:
When you consider how bitter their 2008 campaign was, it's amazing that Michelle Obama gave her the loving embrace she did.
But tonight is Hillary's big night.
I would not want to be in her shoes tonight. She's given some good speeches, like after clinched the nomination. But there's been so many bad pieces of luck. We were in Scranton and she was going to be endorsed by Joe Biden and those are the pieces she needs, and the tragedy of Dallas happened. She was going to be endorsed by the president, and the FBI director came out with his devastating report. She's not had an easy time. Now she has to follow Barack Obama giving the best speech of his life. But I think the affection was really genuine.
Everyone I've talked has said these conventions are not like anything they've seen before. What are the ramifications of that in the media?