Supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders chant his name as they protest on the floor during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich
Reuters: On raucous opening night, Democratic stars make a pitch for Clinton
The Democratic Party's deep divisions were on full display on a raucous first day of its convention on Monday, with Bernie Sanders portraying Hillary Clinton as a fellow soldier in his fight for economic equality while his supporters booed the mere mention of her name.
On a night designed to showcase party unity, Sanders supporters repeatedly disrupted convention proceedings, chanting for him and jeering Clinton supporters.
But by the end of the night, Sanders, liberal favorite U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and first lady Michelle Obama offered stirring endorsements of Clinton as the party tried to push through the discord and find common ground.
"Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight," Sanders said as his supporters and Clinton's offered competing chants.
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WNU Editor: As opening day conventions go .... this could have been a lot worse.
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Democratic National Committee apologizes to Sanders over emails -- Reuters
'Hillary Clinton must become the next president,' Sanders tells convention -- USA Today
More than 50 pro-Sanders demonstrators cited by police -- AP
Bernie Sanders Has Lost Control of his Political Revolution -- Sam Frizell, Time
DNC Protesters Want Bernie in the White House and Hillary in Jail -- Daily Beast