Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Great speeches trump discord at DNC

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 9:26 AM

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With shouts of "Bernie or Bust" in the background, Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke to 1,500 of his delegates to the Democratic National Convention on Monday morning, laying out his argument for the election of Hillary Clinton as an alternative to Donald Trump.

Bernie continued that theme in his address to the convention Monday evening on national TV. He pointed to the huge impact his supporters had on the Democratic Party platform and party rules, including the creation of a party Unity Reform Commission to improve the caucus and primary system.
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This is my third DNC in a row and has had the most raucous debates on the floor of any I have attended. Supporters for both candidates interrupted proceedings with chants for their candidate, and a faction of Sanders supporters continually interrupted speakers they didn’t agree with, including Bernie himself.
Recent problems with the Democratic National Committee have only added fuel to this fire.

Despite our differences, by in large, supporters for both candidates are most alarmed about the possibility of a President Trump, and my discussions with delegates on both sides indicate Democrats will come together this fall.

The disagreements we are having are based more on issues and party process than the hate speech and personal attacks shown by the Republicans is Cleveland. One Bernie delegate described the DNC, using the old street demonstrators' chant, “This is what Democracy looks like.”

Later in the night, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Cory Booker and Bernie himself brought the convention to its feet with their speeches, and most of the disruption turned to applause.
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  • Courtesy Mike Maday
Tuesday morning, the Colorado delegation met and I cast my vote for the third time for the Democratic nominee for president. After a very emotional speech by state Rep. Joe Salazar, a leader of the Colorado Sanders delegation urging us to do so, I was proud to cast my vote for Bernie for president and look forward to supporting Hillary as the convention concludes and we move into the fall.

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