Sanders rallies his troops

2016-07-26 16:16
A delegate cries as Bernie Sanders speaks at DNC in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke, AP)

A delegate cries as Bernie Sanders speaks at DNC in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke, AP)

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Philadelphia - Bernie Sanders says he hopes his delegates will support him during Tuesday's planned roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia.

However, the former presidential candidate acknowledged that he didn't have enough support to prevent Hillary Clinton from being formally nominated by the Democratic party for president.

Sanders told a round-table interview with Bloomberg Politics that although he had endorsed Clinton, he still thought his delegates should be able to vote for him during the floor vote.

The Vermont senator said he was hopeful that "our people treat the process with respect" and not engage in demonstrations or booing on the floor.

Sanders said it was possible that someone might request that the vote be considered unanimous once every state has had the chance to voice their support.

On Monday, Sanders urged supporters to rally behind Clinton, but ardent followers seemed intent on keeping his upstart campaign alive.

Destine Madu, a protester from Maplewood, New Jersey, said it doesn't matter if Sanders is calling on his backers to support Clinton.

"He's like a Moses," she said. "He led us to the promised land."

Meanwhile, Russia's presidential spokesperson has accused US politicians of being paranoid about Russia allegedly backing Donald Trump in the US presidential race.

Clinton's campaign on Monday blamed Russia for hacking the party's computers and suggested the goal was to benefit GOP candidate Donald Trump's campaign. Trump has denied the accusations.

Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Tuesday that that the allegation was just another "paranoid" attempt by American politicians to play the Russian card during the campaign.

Read more on:    bernie sanders  |  donald trump  |  hillary clinton  |  us  |  us 2016 elections

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