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DNC Night 1 – Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘Hillary Clinton must become the next President of the United States’

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 25: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivers remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Sen. Bernie Sanders was given an ovation when he walked on stage that lasted several minutes, then pushed his signature issues as bedrock foundations of the Democratic party as his endorsement multiple times to his primary opponent Hillary Clinton.

Sanders mixed in commentary on his own key policy issues, then addressed them in terms of a Clinton presidency.

He thanked Michelle Obama “for her incredible service to our country.” He thanked the people who worked and funded his campaign.

Sanders said he was disappointed in the vote-counting process throughout the process as his delegates cried.

Sanders said the campaign wasn’t about candidates, or fundraising or things the media spent time discussing.

“If we don’t transform our economy, our children will have a lower standard of living than us.”

“The top 1 percent in recent years has earned 85 percent of all new income.”

“This election is about remembering seven and a half years ago after eight years of Republican economics. They want us to forget the reckless and illegal behavior on Wall Street that led to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. We were running  up a record deficit … and the world’s economy was in danger of collapse.”

Sanders said the election is about the candidate that offers real solutions to the problems of this country. Not just name calling, but leadership that will improve lives for children, elderly, sick and the poor. … That doesn’t  seek to divide us up.

“Based on her ideas and her  leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.”

“Hillary Clinton understands if someone works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty. She understands we must raise the minimum wage to a living wage.”

Sanders said anyone who doubts who to vote for this election, should take into consideration who Trump would put on the Supreme Court.

“Anyone in this county with an annual income of $125,000 or less should be able to go to public college or university free, and those with student loans should get relief.”

“Hillary Clinton wants anyone to be able to opt into a public option on health care, and for anyone to get Medicare at 55.”

He said Trump wants to cut safety nets, Medicaid and Medicare. He said vets and seniors are struggling to pay for the medicines they need. That Hillary knows this, and that Americans shouldn’t pay more for prescriptions than any other country in the world.”

“The Democratic Party now calls for the breaking up of the major Wall Street financial institutions, and a 21st century Glass-Steagall Act. We need to make sure TPP never makes it to a lame duck session of Congress.”

“I have Hillary Clinton  for 25 years. She broke precedent as  she fought for universal health care.”

“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I’m proud to stand with her.”


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