Bernie Sanders calls for unity to open convention


Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – The national spotlight has shifted to democrats this week, and just like their political counterparts last week, convention got started with contention.

The opening night theme for the Democratic National Convention was “United together.”

It carried even more meaning following the bombshell email scandal made public over the weekend.

A former foe turned friend took the stage to a roaring applause.

As the opening night headliner, Bernie Sanders tried to heal the wounds of a heated primary.

“To all of our supporters here and around the country, I hope you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved,” said Sanders.

Despite the recent revelation of nearly 20,000 emails appearing to show party staff working against him, he called for all democrats to get behind the presumptive nominee.

“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding President, and I am proud to stand with her,” said Sanders.

Throughout the night Sanders and other speakers took aim at Republican Nominee, Donald Trump.

First Lady, Michelle Obama never mentioned him by name, but clearly expressed concern of the prospect of Trump becoming President.

“I want someone with the proven strength to persevere. Someone who knows this job and takes it seriously. Someone who understands that the issues a President faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters,” said Obama.

The most important piece of business Tuesday will be the role call vote.

That’s when delegates will make Clinton the first female presidential nominee from a major party.

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