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Bernie: 'I Am Proud to Stand With' Hillary

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By    |   Monday, 25 Jul 2016 11:32 PM

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared more like the party's presidential nominee as he was greeted to wild applause as he took the stage on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention.

He attempted several times before the screaming crowd allowed him to begin his speech.

The DNC and Sanders' own staff had worked to avoid having his supporters creating chaos on the opening night, the theme of which was "United Together."

Sanders started off thanking the 13 million Americans "who voted for the political revolution" that gave him 1,846 pledged delegates. And he drew cheers when he thanked his delegates for the votes they will cast for him on Tuesday night.

"I understand that many people here in this convention hall and around the country are disappointed about the final results the nominating process," he said. "I think it's fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am. But to all of our supporters, here and around the country, I hope you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved.

"Our revolution continues!" he shouted to an approving throng of supporters.

But, he laid out a laundry list of why Clinton was a better choice for them than Republican Donald Trump, including her positions on universal health care, abortion rights, immigration, trade and breaking up major financial institutions.

"This election is about ending the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality in America," he said. "She understands we must raise the minimum wage to a living wage. … Brothers and sisters this election is about overturning Citizens United," the Supreme Court decision that allowed super PACs to receive unlimited campaign funds.

"Hillary Clinton will nominate justices to the Supreme Court who are prepared to overturn Citizens United and end the movement toward oligarchy we are seeing in this country," Sanders said.

"Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president, and I am proud to stand with her tonight," Sanders concluded.

There were a few boos when Sanders finally endorsed Clinton 13 minutes into his speech, Fox News' Bret Baier reported, but the reception overall avoided the jeers or chants for Sanders to be the nominee that party officials feared.

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