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posted Friday, July 29, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 31
Dems kiss, make up, Clinton nominated, blessed by Obama and Sanders
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Dems kiss, make up, Clinton nominated, blessed by Obama and Sanders

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In contrast to a chaotic and undisciplined Republican convention, the national Democrats rebounded from a rocky start to bless their nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Speaking on July 27, the night before the nominee herself was due to deliver her acceptance speech, President Obama delivered a rousing address. It was interrupted no less than 70 times by applause.

It was, in a sense, Obama's farewell speech. But it was also a way of passing the leadership of the Democratic Party to Hillary Clinton, and Obama was effusive in his praise for her.

'[T]here is only one candidate in this race who believes in that future, has devoted her life to it,' Obama proclaimed, 'a mother and grandmother who would do anything to help our children thrive, a leader with real plans to break down barriers and blast through glass ceilings and widen the circle of opportunity to every single American, the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton...

'Let me tell you, eight years ago, you may remember Hillary and I were rivals for the Democratic nomination. We battled for a year and a half. Let me tell you, it was tough, because Hillary was tough. I was worn out...

'I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman - not me, not Bill, nobody - is more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America...

'I hope you don't mind, Bill, but I was just telling the truth, man.'

After Obama concluded, Clinton made a brief appearance onstage with him. The two embraced. The convention crowd went wild.

Even Clinton's rival for the nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, boosted her as the party's nominee.

'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 said on the opening day of the convention, July 25.

The next day he personally took the floor to move that Clinton be nominated by unanimous consent.

Sanders also began a tour of state delegations to talk personally with his delegates and convince then to unite behind Clinton.

At a meeting with the California delegation - which booed his unity statement - Sanders scolded his delegates.

'Our job is to do two things: to defeat Donald Trump and to elect Hillary Clinton,' Sanders said. 'It is easy to boo, but it is harder to look your kids in the face if we are living under a Trump presidency.'

Sanders sounded the same theme in a meeting with the Washington state delegation.

'It's not new for us to campaign against Republicans, but understand that Donald trump is different,' he told them.

'It's not just that he wants to give tax breaks to billionaires. It's not just that he thinks climate change is a hoax. It's not just that he wants to throw 20 million people off of health care, ending the Affordable Care Act - he's not the only Republican who wants to do those things.

'But what makes Donald Trump different is that he is a demagogue who does not believe in the constitution of the United States of America. What he is trying to do right now is to divide us,' said Sanders.

'The immediate task we have in the next 100 or so days is to defeat the worst and most dangerous presidential candidate in the modern history of this county, Donald Trump.'

When Ms. Clinton offered her acceptance speech, about 100 Sanders delegates (out of 1,846) walked out of the convention.

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