After invigorating speeches by Sen. Cory Booker and First Lady Michelle Obama, Sanders, the man of the day, delivered a populist message, addressing everything from economic stability to social justice, climate change, and education. As he walked out to the podium, supporters went wild, making it difficult for him to begin.
The DNC opened with turbulence after the WikiLeaks email dump exposed former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and protests by “Bernie or Bust” supporters. In his speech, Sanders sought to shift the focus back to the DNC’s theme of unity.
He began by thanking the thousands of supporters who endorsed his campaign over the last year in his effort to win the presidency. But the majority of his speech focused on stoking the fires of a political revolution and explaining why a vote for Hillary Clinton would guarantee a return to prosperity for the future.
“Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1 percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice – that struggle continues.” Sanders said. “And I look forward to being part of that struggle with you.”
The senator from Vermont laid out Clinton’s in-depth plan, addressing the needs of the American people and the legacy left behind for future generations.
Throughout the address, he infused references to the RNC and their candidate, Donald Trump, blasting Trump’s “divisive” rhetoric and blaming the GOP for the economic downfall of the great recession, in turn thanking President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for a path forward.
In the end, Sanders threw his full support behind Clinton as he had done two weeks ago when they first appeared together in New Hampshire – referencing their differences, but highlighting their 25-year relationship and Clinton’s ability to lead through tenured positions in public service.
“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight,” Sanders said at the close of his speech.