Day 3 At DNC: Are The Calls For Party Unity Working? | WYPR

Day 3 At DNC: Are The Calls For Party Unity Working?

Jul 27, 2016

Bernie Sanders supporters Monday night at DNC.
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It’s Day 3 of what has been a contentious Democratic National Convention. After Wikileaks published emails from Democratic National Committee staffers, including DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, showing clear bias for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Wasserman Shultz announced that she would step down as chair at the end of the week. However, after Rep. Wasserman-Shultz was booed at a delegate breakfast on Monday, she relinquished her opening and closing gavel duties to Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who serves as the secretary of the committee. 

On Tuesday, during the roll call vote, Senator Bernie Sanders joined the Vermont delegation to move that Sec. Clinton become the Presidential nominee for the party.

Despite the calls for unity, including rousing speeches from Sen. Bernie Sanders, first lady Michelle Obama, and former President Bill Clinton, some defiant Sanders walked out of the convention in protest to Sec. Clinton's nomination.  Is the discord between steadfast Bernie Sanders supporters and the rest of the party a preview of what to expect this election season? Will the calls for unity be enough to bring the party together to defeat Donald Trump in the fall?  John Fritze is the Washington Correspondent for the Baltimore Sun. He joins Tom by phone from Philadelphia for an update.