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John Podesta: Sanders 'Went a Long Way' to Unite Party Behind Clinton

("CBS This Morning")

By    |   Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 12:44 PM

Bernie Sanders did all he could with his Monday night speech to help bring together the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta said Tuesday.

"I think Bernie went a long way to doing that last night when he gave her a full-throated endorsement," Podesta told the "CBS This Morning" program.

He also agrees with comedienne Sarah Silverman's suggestion to her fellow
Sanders supporters that "we gotta get over it" when it comes to Clinton's nomination.

The Democratic delegates will hold their roll call vote Tuesday night to formally nominate Clinton, and while there will be votes cast for Sanders, Podesta said the "Bernie or Bust" movement marks a "very small percentage of his supporters."

Boos were heard while many of the speakers were on the stage, which Podesta says shows "a lot of passion in that room. These people have been fighting a very long time for him. I've worked for insurgent candidates. I know what that feels like."

Sanders' voters are "kind of emotional," as they "thought they fought the good cause," said Podesta. "But Hillary Clinton won the nomination fair and square. And tonight is an historic night because we will nominate the first woman to lead a major party ticket."

And he does believe that the Sanders supporters will rally behind Clinton, not GOP nominee Donald Trump.

"I think around the country, they look at the difference between electing Donald Trump, putting his finger on the button, putting him in the Oval Office, and the progressive change that Hillary Clinton can bring forward, and I think they'll support Hillary."

Podesta also addressed the controversy over whether the Democratic National Committee's emails were hacked by Russia,  pointing out that the campaign itself has "very, very robust defense" when it comes to its website. However, he said, the White House and State Department have also been hacked before by Russians.

However, he flatly rejected the idea over whether Clinton's own private email server had been hacked, telling the program that "there's no evidence of it."

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