PHILADELPHIA, July 26 (UPI) — A day after delivering a speech in support of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, Bernie Sanders might again play a large role at the event Tuesday night.
Both camps have been discussing possibilities for the Vermont senator’s role on the second day of the convention. Earlier, some reports said Sanders could formally nominate Clinton and others said the Vermont delegation could make her nomination unanimous by acclamation.
NBC News reported that Vermont is seeking to go last in the nominating roll call. However, Tuesday afternoon the idea of having Sanders nominate Clinton seemed increasingly less likely.
“That’s not the plan,” Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said.
But convention officials indicated the progressive Vermont leader will play some role Tuesday night.
The main speaker will be former President Bill Clinton.
Sanders has soaked up a bit of the spotlight — particularly because many of his supporters continue to defy Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, even though she has the nomination locked up.
Those supporters who advocate “Bernie or Bust” continue to create tension at the convention by opposing Clinton and some even threaten to vote for Republican Donald Trump on Nov. 8 if the former secretary of state is nominated — an ultimatum many Democrats, including most Clinton and Sanders supporters, have ridiculed.
Some passionate supporters don’t want to hear about Hillary Clinton — even when Sanders himself asks for their votes.
“It is easy to boo, but it’s harder to look your kids in the face who would be living under a Donald Trump presidency,” he said at a a breakfast event Tuesday.
“The goal for the Democratic Party is to make sure Trump and that philosophy has no place in this country — ever,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.