PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Democrats hoped to send a clear message on day one of the Democratic National Convention. According to a press release on Sunday, the goal was to present a “unifying vision for an America that is stronger together.”
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The mission got off to a rocky start. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she would be stepping down at the end of the convention. The resignation came amid the release of emails showing DNC staff favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primary.
Despite the revelations Bernie Sanders still appeared in support of Hillary Clinton on Monday.
“Any objective observer will conclude that — based on her ideas and her leadership — Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States,” Sanders told delegates, spurring a cascade of cheers.
The first night of the DNC focused on the economy, similarly to the RNC. But instead of “Make America Work Again,” Democrats focused on a theme of Americans are “United Together.” Headlining speaker Astrid Silva is the daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants and focused her speech on keeping those families together.
First Lady Michelle Obama also took the stage Monday.
“Don’t let anyone tell you that this country isn’t great. This right now is the greatest country on earth,” she said.
Obama told the electrified audience that “we are always stronger together,” saying she wants a president “who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters.”
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