Newark Mayor Cory Booker has thus far stolen the spotlight on the first evening of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, delivering a strong endorsement of the Democratic platform which woke up the crowd. There was no shortage of passion and fiery rhetoric during the high-profile mayor's speech.
Booker told the crowd, "Our platform, crafted by Democrats, is not about partisanship but pragmatism; not about left or right, but about moving America and our economy forward. Our platform—and our president—stand firm in the conviction that America must continue to out-build, out-innovate and out-educate the world.
This platform is a clear choice between economic pathways: forward or back, inclusion or exclusion, grow together as a nation or be a country of savage disparities that favor the fortunate few over the greatest driving force of any economy—a large and robust middle class."
He continued, "Our platform and our president are not interested in petty political arguments. Instead, this platform of big and practical ideas sets forth an emboldened pathway toward the historic hope which has driven generations of Americans forward—it is our most fundamental national aspiration—that no matter who you are, no matter what your color, creed, how you choose to pray or who you choose to love, that if you are an American—first generation or fifth—one who is willing to work hard, play by the rules and apply your God-given talents—that you should be able to find a job that pays the bills."
Booker was one of the primary authors of the Democratic platform this year, which was released on Monday. For a full run-down of the Democratic platform, see here.
"And this November, with the re-election of President Barack Obama, this generation of Americans will ever expand upon the hope, the truth and the promise of America."
Booker's speech ignited the crowd on the first day of an otherwise quiet convention thus far on Night 1. But the feedback wasn't always positive. Some on Twitter felt that he was too loud and boistrous, shouting too much at various points.
Here are the top 5 reactions on Twitter: