Day Two of the Democratic National Convention "A Lifetime of Fighting for Children & Families"

07/26/2016 07:30 PM

PHILADELPHIA – Uniting the party behind the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was the goal of Monday night’s speeches at the Democratic National Convention. Clinton’s primary rival Bernie Sanders took the stage in support of the former Secretary of State, but Sanders wasn’t the one who stole the show. First Lady Michelle Obama was all anyone was talking about at the end of the night. The Kentucky delegates were among those blown away by the First Lady as she talked about rising above the partisanship.

“I think it’s what the country needed to hear,” Kentucky delegate Colmon Elridge said about Michelle Obama’s speech. “I don’t really look at it as a Democrat or Republican. The country needed to hear a vision that rises above politics that just talks about those things that unite us.”

Enthusiasm for candidates helps win elections. And while Clinton won more pledged delegates and votes during the primary, her base never seemed to be as fired up as those “feeling the Bern.” As Sanders supporters start to warm up to Clinton, some are also saying that it is more than just picking her over the Republican nominee Donald Trump. They say this election is bigger than either of them.

“I believe this is bigger than a single person,” Kentucky delegate and Bernie supporter Craig Astor said. “It’s about moving our country forward in the right direction.”

Trump spoke on Tuesday at the VFW Convention in Charlotte, NC, just one day after Clinton made a campaign stop there. The GOP nominee painted contrast between himself and Clinton by suggesting that she was trying to sweep VA scandals under the rug.


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