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State Delegate Nguyen Says She Won't 'Settle' For Clinton Yet

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Former Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., takes the stage during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016.

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is officially underway. And Monday night was filled with speakers calling on voters to support Hillary Clinton, who is the party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

Former candidate Bernie Sanders was among them. And while he took to the stage telling the crowd he was “proud” to stand with Clinton, some Sanders supporters, including Washington state delegate Trang Nguyen aren’t ready to back her just yet. The majority of the 101 delegates from this state support Sanders, following his caucus wins in March. 

"I was very, very vocal when Bernie came out," Nguyen said. "I was cheering my heart out for this man who has spent decades fighting for us. We are committed to him throughout this convention, and we're excited for the role call vote."

Sanders supporters were heard throughout the night shouting, "Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!" and "No TPP." But at an earlier event Monday, supporters were booing the former candidate. Nguyen says she doesn't think it was necessarily directed at the candidate.

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Many supporters for former Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., were yelling from the convention floor during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016.

"I think it was booing more ... settling. Settling for someone who didn't meet our expectations or wasn't the leader that we wanted for our country," she said.

Nguyen says she's not ready to "settle" for Clinton, even in the interest of party unity.

"What I have trouble with is throwing in the towel," she said. "And so, the talk about unity, what it sounds like to me is 'Okay, it's time to give up.' But I don't feel that way just yet."

Nguyen is calling her time at the party's national convention a "life-changing opportunity." This is the 25-year-old's first time as a state delegate.

This is part of KPLU's ongoing election series "From the Floor," focused on the Washington delegation at each of the party's national conventions.

Ed Ronco is a former KNKX producer and reporter and hosted All Things Considered for seven years.
Ariel first entered a public radio newsroom in 2004 while in school at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. It was love at first sight. After graduating from Bradley, she went on to earn a Master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Ariel has lived in Indiana, Ohio and Alaska reporting on everything from salmon spawning to policy issues concerning education. She's been a host, a manager and now rides shotgun with Kirsten Kendrick as the Morning Edition producer at KNKX.