On raucous opening night, Democratic stars make a pitch for Clinton

Supporters of Senator Sanders chant his name as they protest on the floor during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in PhiladelphiaBy John Whitesides and Alana Wise PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The Democratic Party’s deep divisions were on full display on a raucous first day of its convention, with Bernie Sanders portraying Hillary Clinton as a fellow soldier in his fight for economic equality while his supporters booed the mere mention of her name. On a Monday night designed to showcase party unity, Sanders supporters repeatedly disrupted convention proceedings, chanting for him and jeering Clinton supporters. By day’s end, Sanders, liberal favorite U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and first lady Michelle Obama offered stirring endorsements of Clinton as the party tried to push through the discord and find a common goal in beating Republican Donald Trump.

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