Delegates loyal to Sen. Bernie Sanders say the speakers at the Democratic National Conference have left them “less enthusiastic” about the top of the ticket, according to an online poll of 300 delegates released on Wednesday.
At a downtown news conference, the Bernie Delegates Network, a coalition of 1,200 Sanders delegates said speeches over the past two days of the convention, including an appeal by Sanders himself for the party to unite behind Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, have done little to generate enthusiasm among their delegates.
Norman Solomon, national coordinator for the group, said when asked if the convention’s speeches have made Sanders’ delegates more enthusiastic about the Democratic ticket — 21 percent of respondents said it made them more enthusiastic compared to 55 percent who said the speeches have made them less supportive of the Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine. The remainder said the speeches haven’t changed their opinions.
Karen Bernal, a Sanders delegate from Sacramento, Calif., said the polls demonstrated that the Vermont senator’s liberal-leaning supporters continued to feel excluded from the Democratic Party.
“We’re not here to serve as extras in a scripted production,” Bernal said of delegates continuing to protest and speak out against Clinton’s nomination.