PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Following a meeting yesterday with Missouri delegates supporting Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) released the following statement of unity with the delegates:


"My main takeaway from this meeting is my deep respect for each of these men and women who are passionately fighting to improve the lives of America's families. I'm not always known for listening before I speak - but in this meeting, I listened and I learned, and I think all Hillary supporters would benefit from doing the same. I also used this opportunity to say how sorry I was if my effort to contrast our candidates' electability was seen as a personal attack on Bernie. This convention should demonstrate respect and understanding to those who supported him. Because moving forward, we are going to be a better, stronger, more inclusive Democratic Party because of Bernie's historic campaign and the incredible supporters he's inspired."

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Tessa Sheehan, Missouri Delegate Selection Representative for the Bernie Sanders Campaign, responded with the following statement:


“On behalf of the Missouri Bernie Sanders Delegates, I want to thank Senator McCaskill for her willingness to meet with us this morning to discuss how we can go forward, together, as Missouri Democrats. Her sincere apology to Bernie and his supporters, has been needed in our state and across the nation, and we appreciate the gesture. I would also like to thank Executive Director Crystal Brinkley and Chairman Roy Temple of the Missouri Democratic Party for making this meeting happen. We look forward to building a stronger, progressive Democratic party, together.”


The Missouri Democratic Party’s response to today’s Unity Meeting reads:


“We’d like to thank both Senator McCaskill, Tessa and the Sanders Delegates for the positive discussion”, said Roy Temple, Chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party. “We look forward to continuing the conversation and expanding the tent of the Missouri Democratic Party.”


Former FLOTUS, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will accept the party's nomination for president in a speech this evening.

 

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