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Transcript of Bernie Sanders' DNC Speech Prove He's A Valuable Team Player


All eyes were on Philadelphia Monday night, as the Democratic National Convention kicked off amidst a new email scandal. The party remains divided after an unexpectedly contentious primary pitted Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but many are hoping that the convention will unify the various factions of Democrats behind Clinton. The man with perhaps the most power to foster that unity spoke on opening night, and the transcript of Bernie Sanders' DNC speech shows he's more than prepared to follow through and keep fighting.

When Sanders first threw his hat into the ring as a nominee, not many people expected him to pose a real threat to Clinton's chances. But his focus on income inequality, his no-nonsense manner, and his way with birds caused millions to feel the Bern. Many of his supporters haven't backed down even after Sanders himself conceded and threw his support behind Clinton, with some vowing to vote for a third party candidate, write in Sanders' name, or stay home on Election Day, despite the terrifying — and, after the RNC bump in popularity very real — prospect of a Donald Trump presidency.

A leak of emails from within the DNC added fuel to the fire over the weekend, with the emails appearing to confirm that DNC staffers favored Clinton during the primary. Since the subsequent resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Sanders has been conciliatory, continuing to stress that the most important thing for Democrats is to defeat Trump, and that voting for Clinton is the only way to do so. Earlier in the day Monday, when he addressed his supporters, they greeted that assertion with boos. But during his official convention speech, the crowd roared its approval.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 25: An attendee holds a sign in support of Sen. Bernie Sanders on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A full transcript of Sanders' speech can be found below, which was first obtained by Time:

Sanders may not be on his way to the White House anytime soon — but after an impassioned and impressive speech like Monday night's, there's no doubt that the legacy his campaign leaves behind will impact the political landscape for years to come.