Jul 29, 2016 6:14 PM

NH1 News: NH Sanders delegates give thumbs up to Clinton speech

NH1 News Political Director

PHILADELPHIA – Kurt Ehrenberg says “it was a unifying convention for the most part.”

But the Bernie Sanders delegate from Rye added “as long as” Hillary Clinton’s “with us, we’re with her.”

Ehrenberg, who set up the senator from Vermont’s campaign organization in New Hampshire in the spring of 2015 and who served as the state’s political director, spoke with NH1 News the morning after Clinton’s acceptance speech concluded the Democratic National Convention.

In her Thursday night address, Clinton gave a shout out to Sanders, the candidate she battled in an epic nomination race, and to his supporters.

"I want to thank Bernie Sanders. Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary. You've put economic and social justice issues front and center, where they belong. And to all of your supporters here and around the country: I want you to know, I've heard you. Your cause is our cause,” Clinton said.

Asked about that passage, Ehrenberg said “I thought it was a good idea for her to acknowledge the huge effort, the successful effort, that Bernie led, and she needs us to help her win the election.”

“It was a unifying convention for the most part. It’s always hard to reconcile differences after a long hard fought campaign. It’s an on-going process and we’ll continue to work on it,” he added.

State Rep. Renny Cushing of Hampton, another leading Sanders delegate, told NH1 News “I think it was a conscience effort to reach out to Bernie supporters and speak to the issues that we care about. I think that it was a great speech. I’m confident that we’ll work together and defeat Donald Trump in November.”

Andru Volinsky, a pledged Sanders’ delegate who served as legal counsel for the campaign in New Hampshire and who’s currently running to succeed Colin Van Ostern on the Executive Council, said Clinton “didn’t really need to extend that olive branch to me. I’m going to vote for Hillary. I never had doubt about that.”

During her speech, Clinton made reference to the history she made as the first major political party’s presidential nominee, saying “after all, when there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit. So let's keep going, until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have.”

Asked what was the most power part of the address, state Sen. Donna Soucy of Manchester, a Clinton delegate and top surrogate, said “I think for me in particular when Hillary talked about her mother, her daughter, I was certainly thinking about my mother and all the women who’ve gone before us who have laid the foundation for this amazing, amazing moment in history.”


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