"When a young black life is cut short, it's a personal loss, but it's also a loss that diminishes all of us."
It was a speech that delivered an eloquent and profound truth about the stakes of the presidential outcome.
"Many parts of the city are still reeling from the loss of hundreds of thousands of factory jobs."
The Virginia Supreme Court struck down the governor's restoration of voting rights for ex-felons. But McAuliffe has a back-up plan.
"We have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution - our revolution - continues," said Sanders, to prolonged, thunderous applause.
"Winning in a landslide" is needed now more than ever; don't count out the American people in seeing with new eyes, and what's at stake in November.
Kaine pushed the political envelope of Virginia, an erstwhile red southern state, in a progressive direction - and won; everyone agrees he's a sincere, nice guy.
"Trump is a bully and a demagogue," Sanders said; "Trump has made bigotry and hatred the cornerstone of his campaign."
In his acceptance speech, given in Cleveland last week, Trump served up his usual stew of pompous and belligerent nationalist statements.
In his speech last night, Trump tossed lies, hate, distortions, and fear-mongering harder than Jake Arrieta throws his four-seam fastball.