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Obama Tries To Persuade "Bernie or Bust" Supporters

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While Democrats officially voted to nominate Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday night, some supporters of former candidate Bernie Sanders continued to shout down speakers during Wednesday’s proceedings. President Obama tried to pacify the ‘Bernie or Bust’ movement.

Party leaders continued to pitch for a unified front against Donald Trump on Wednesday night. By the time President Barack Obama delivered the evening’s keynote address, the jeers had mostly subsided.
“If you agree that there is too much inequality in our economy and too much money in politics, we all need to be as vocal and as organized and as persistent as Bernie Sanders supporters have been during this election,” the President told delegates.

During his speech, Obama encouraged Sanders supporters who want “more justice” to vote in state and local elections.

Sanders supporters threatened—but didn’t successfully—disrupt Sen. Tim Kaine’s prime-time address in which he accepted the nomination for vice president. The group says that Kaine isn’t progressive enough, citing his previous support of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal.

The Democratic National Convention continues in Philadelphia today.

Ryland Barton is the Managing Editor for Collaboratives. He's covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Texas. He grew up in Lexington.

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