Hillary Clinton’s campaign says Bernie Sanders will appear on stage tonight to unify Democrats in support of the candidate, even as his supporters jeered and booed Democrats at delegation breakfasts across the city.
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said Sanders has already endorsed Clinton and is speaking tonight to “double down” and to unite the party. He drew a contrast between Sanders’ appearance and that of Sen. Ted Cruz, who last week spoke at the Republican National Convention, but refused to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Sanders, in contrast, will speak “about how we are stronger together when we join forces as a party to take on the rigged system and get this economy working for everyone,” Mook said.
“This is going to be a big contrast to what we saw in Cleveland last week,” he said. “It is going to be optimistic, it is going to be hopeful.”
And he noted that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolfe will be at the convention, unlike in the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a former Republican presidential contender, skipped.
Sanders supporters, however, jeered Clinton allies, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and outgoing Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who announced she’s resigning her post -- but still plans to gavel in today’s opening session.
Mook said the DNC is reviewing the emails released by Wikileaks and said the campaign had not connected the leak to Russia, as some news reports have suggested.
“All we know is what the experts are telling us,” he said.