WATCH: Bernie Sanders’ full speech to the DNC
It was a night sharp in contrast from the tone and colour of the Republican National Convention, as the stars of the Democratic Party took the stage in Philadelphia.
Hilary Clinton’s chief rival in the primary campaign Bernie Sanders gave an impassioned speech to Democratic Convention delegates urging them to head to the polls to prevent a Trump presidency.
“This election is about, and must be about, the needs of the American people and the kind of future we create for our children and grandchildren.”
In a direct message to his supporters, many of whom have vowed not to support Clinton, Sanders admitted he was disappointed at the primary outcome.
But unlike his Republican counterpart Ted Cruz, who was booed off stage after failing to support Trump, Sanders threw his full weight behind Clinton.
Pointing to a stagnant minimum wage, climate change, vacancies in the supreme court, and LGBTQ rights, Sanders warned Democrats not to risk sitting out the election.
“By these measures, any objective observer will conclude that based on her ideas and her leadership Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close.”
The move comes as renewed divisions surface in the party in the wake of revelations DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was active behind the scenes, tipping the scales of primary season in Clinton’s favour.
Despite lingering venom among his supporters, Sanders urged unity.
“In these stressful times for our country, this election must be about bringing our people together, not dividing us up. While Donald Trump is busy insulting one group after another, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths.”
Sanders wrapped by telling delegates that while he might not have one the nomination, his run helped craft the most progressive Democratic platform in memory.
“I’m with her”
WATCH: Michelle Obama’s full speech to the DNC
But much of the night’s accolades were reserved for First Lady Michelle Obama, who’s speech brought assembled delegates to their feet and struck a relentlessly hopeful note.
All eyes were on Obama’s speech, following revelations last week that Donald Trump’s wife Melania had pilfered lines from a 2008 convention speech by the First Lady.
Obama threw her support behind Clinton, who she described as a scrappy fighter.
“When she did not win the nomination eight years ago, she did not get angry or disillusioned. Hillary did not pack up and go home… She never takes the easy way out. And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life. And when I think about the kind of president that I want for my girls and all our children, that is what I want.”
Obama lauded Clinton for her record of public service, and her commitment to equality and tolerance.
And she touched on the potential history making nature of Clinton’s run.
“Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”
But while the First Lady struck a mostly positive tone, she wasn’t above taking a few shots at Trump, telling delegates the country needs a president with more gravitas.
“Somebody who knows this job and takes it seriously… It cannot be boiled down to 140 characters. Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions.”
Tomorrow, the convention will hold a role call to officially nominate Clinton. President Obama and Vice President Biden speak Wednesday.
Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton is slated to speak Thursday.