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Democratic Party trying to unite during national convention's third day

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PHILADELPHIA (WDRB) -- Some Bernie Sanders supporters tell WDRB News there are no walkouts planned for the third day of the Democratic National Convention.

The Democratic Party is still dealing with some unity issues right now and are trying to put aside differences and come together at the DNC.

It's another full day of speakers as the Democratic Party tries to unify by the end of the week.

"You never have 100 percent unity, so people who think that is the goal are missing the point," said Neville Blakemore, Vice Chair for the Kentucky Democratic Party. "It is how do you go through the process to see how you go forward as a team and we'll get there.

"You know division is part of the political process. And when you consider we are in Philadelphia, 1776 (was the) Declaration of Independence, breaking away from an empire, 1787 (was) the Constitution, so the turmoil that this city and this country has been through, the fact that there is a little heckling, a little booing in the audience. It is almost comical to think that in some way, that is a material difference to actually prevent this party from being united and moving forward to defeat Trump."

Rep. Darryl Owens from House District 43 in Louisville had a message for Kentucky delegates who support Sanders.

"I think Bernie Sanders people are obviously are unhappy, but they also have another choice. The choice is him or her. I think most of them are with her.

"I think they are going to be behind Hillary. The fortunate thing, or the unfortunate thing, depending on how you look at it, is what are your choices? For many of us, there is not a choice between the Democratic nominee and that other guy."

Ninety-nine Indiana delegates are at the convention. The Kentucky delegation is made up of 66 delegates, including alternates and super delegates.

Putting on a convention takes a lot of volunteers. For the Kentucky delegation, many are college students, including Daphne Parker.

"It's been really neat to meet everybody. I've met several of my role models. That has been really neat, so it's been a cool experience so far. I really expect the Democratic Party nationally to unify behind Hillary. That's what I'm looking forward to," Parker said.

Those scheduled to speak on Wednesday night include Senator Tim Kaine and President Barack Obama.

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