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Philadelphia preps for Democratic convention

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 01:25

The stage is set and security beefed up ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Linda So reports.

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Inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the stage is ready and so are the balloons. People are getting their first glimpse inside the arena where Democrats will formally nominate their party's presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. SOUNDBITE: PHILADELPHIA MAYOR JIM KENNEY, SAYING: "It's just amazing to see it transform the way it is and for national world stage. And we are very very proud of Philadelphia, of this building, of the work that was done here, and for what is going to happen here." Outside, security preparations are tightening up. These workers are installing anti-shatter film on the windows of a local business. And fences have gone up to keep protesters a safe distance away from the arena where the convention will be held. SOUNDBITE: LEAH DAUGHTRY, CONVENTION CEO, SAYING: "Police will not be dressed in riot gear, they are in their everyday attire. They are riding their bikes. Their doing their jobs, and we expect people as we always have to express their opinions, exercise their first amendment rights, so that's nothing unusual for us we have that at every convention and we are looking forward to it." Massive crowds are expected to descend on Philly for the four-day convention. Many volunteers have already arrived. SOUNDBITE: YVONNE WATSON, VOLUNTEER, SAYING: "We're going all the way for Hillary- all the way to the White house, woman power." SOUNDBITE: BARBARA MCKENZIE, VOLUNTEER, SAYING: "I think we're going to do wonderful , because that's what we are, the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection." Philadelphia has hosted big events before. The city welcomed about a million people for last year's papal visit.

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Philadelphia preps for Democratic convention

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 01:25