There is nothing like a good theme for a party.
With the Democratic Party’s Pennsylvania delegation, that theme was clear in the first meeting Monday at the DoubleTree hotel on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. It was all about party unity.
Notable speakers for that first event included Gov. Tom Wolf, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, John Podesta.
After a weekend that saw emails from members of the Democratic National Committee leaked and the subsequent resignation of Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party Marcel Groen asked supporters of Bernie Sanders to stand up, urging support.
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“We want you,” he said. “We need you.”
Podesta spoke to journalists about the inclusion of Sanders into the Clinton campaign, stating that Clinton has spoken to Sanders.
“We’ll be highlighting issues like income equality,” Podesta said. “We’re working with his team more and more.”
This is not Podesta’s first foray into the political arena. Or courting the former opposition, and his or her followers.
“I’ve been on the losing side of campaigns,” he said. “Doesn’t mean I don’t love and support the candidate … They’re welcome into our campaign.”
While he is open to welcoming any and all supporters, his choice for president was clear.
“Let’s elect the first woman of the United States!” John Podesta said, rallying the crowd. “Let’s elect Hillary Clinton!”
Delegates from Pennsylvania attended caucuses throughout the day, culminating in the evening’s most notable speakers, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., First Lady Michelle Obama and Sanders.
Louis William Finley is a journalism student at Temple. He is covering the Democratic National Convention for the CDT.