PHILADELPHIA – Bernie Sanders said Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States Monday night, ending the first night of the Democratic National Convention surrounded by controversy and the sudden resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The Sanders campaign spent the day urging delegate to back Clinton despite growing protests of leaked e-mails showing the DNC may have worked to help Clinton secure the nomination.
“It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues,” he said.
Sanders told delegates in a prime-time address no one is more disappointed than he is over not being the nominee, yet told supporters to take “enormous pride” in the revolution that has formed.
Palpable tension was evident on the convention floor Monday, with “Bernie” and “Hillary” chants at some points overtaking convention speakers.
Sanders met with about 1,900 of his delegate Monday afternoon, including supporters from Indiana, urging them to back Clinton.
Other speakers Monday evening included First Lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton will speak and delegates will officially nominate Hillary Clinton for president and Tim Kaine for vice president.