Former White House hopeful Bernie Sanders has told a lively Democratic convention that his rival Hillary Clinton must win the US presidential election in November.
To cheers and some boos, Mr Sanders said that “based on her ideas and her leadership” Mrs Clinton was a better choice than Republican nominee Donald Trump and that she “must become the next president of the United States.”
“The choice is not even close,” Mr Sanders was to say, according to his prepared remarks released to reporters. But he stopped mid-sentence when he addressed the convention, as his supporters cheered.
“This election is about which candidate understands the real problems facing this country and has offered real solutions – not just bombast, not just fear-mongering, not just name-calling and divisiveness,” Mr Sanders told the convention in a lengthy speech in which he highlighted some of the accomplishments of his insurgent campaign.
US First Lady Michelle Obama also told the convention that Mrs Clinton was the one candidate ready to be president, as she poured scorn on Mr Trump’s behaviour and temperament.
“In this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is our friend Hillary Clinton,” she said to standing ovations. “In this election, I’m with her.”
Also speaking on the Convention’s first night were Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker: