Nuisance: Tue 7/26: I’m quoted in the Burlington County Times (NJ): “I’m more interested in the candidate that wants to show me what they’re about as opposed to threaten me with someone that’s worse.”

Caruso is among those who believe the Sanders and Clinton Democrats will be able to come to the table to shake hands and work together again, as disagreeing Democrats have in the past.

But some believe the gap is too big to close.

Jeff Epstein, a Sanders delegate from Burlington County, said the celebration over Clinton’s success overpowers the fact that there’s a lack of interest on the part of Clinton backers to really listen to the views of Sanders supporters and make them feel part of the Democratic Party.

“I don’t feel really wanted,” he said. “I feel like a nuisance in some ways. It’s their party and I don’t feel very welcome to this party. They (Clinton supporters) just feel Hillary has won and it’s over.”

Epstein said he doesn’t see a way to bridge that divide.

“There’s just so much baggage that’s there’s no way around it. If they did what we felt was right, to sit down with us and come to a resolution … the amount that it would take to do that is infinite,” he said.

Epstein said he’s not a “Bernie or Bust” kind of supporter, but he has a deal breaker if he is to vote for Clinton.

“She needs to earn my vote, as opposed to Trump,” he said. “I’m much more interested in the candidate that wants to show me what they’re about as opposed to threaten me with someone that’s worse.”

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2016 Democratic National Convention

Divisions among Democrats at DNC: some say they can be bridged; others disagree
By Kristina Scala, staff writer Jul 26, 2016

Bernie Sanders supporters wait outside while media is shut in during a sit-in at Tent 2 in the press village moments after Hillary Clinton secured enough votes to deem her the Democratic presidential nominee at the Wells Fargo Center onTuesday, July 26, 2016.

As the second night of the Democratic National Convention was underway, mixed opinions swirled around whether supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton would be able to mend the divide that separates them and the Democratic Party.

On the floor of the Wells Fargo Center, some DNC delegates held signs that read “Love Trumps Hate.” Others were decked out in pins and shirts and hats with Sanders’ picture. One man was spotted wearing a jacket with “Feel the Bern” boldly written on the back in battery-powered lights.

And while some Sanders delegates expressed their distaste for the messages delivered during Monday night’s speeches, the Clinton delegates said they want nothing more then to work together with the Sanders delegates.

“We’re pros at this. We have squabbles, we have disagreements, and our party builds up and builds even stronger,” said Bill Caruso, a Sanders delegate from Camden County. “I expect that’s going to come as a result of this effort and I think that we are going to be unified in the fall.”

Caruso is among those who believe the Sanders and Clinton Democrats will be able to come to the table to shake hands and work together again, as disagreeing Democrats have in the past.

But some believe the gap is too big to close.

Jeff Epstein, a Sanders delegate from Burlington County, said the celebration over Clinton’s success overpowers the fact that there’s a lack of interest on the part of Clinton backers to really listen to the views of Sanders supporters and make them feel part of the Democratic Party.

“I don’t feel really wanted,” he said. “I feel like a nuisance in some ways. It’s their party and I don’t feel very welcome to this party. They (Clinton supporters) just feel Hillary has won and it’s over.”

Epstein said he doesn’t see a way to bridge that divide.

“There’s just so much baggage that’s there’s no way around it. If they did what we felt was right, to sit down with us and come to a resolution … the amount that it would take to do that is infinite,” he said.

Epstein said he’s not a “Bernie or Bust” kind of supporter, but he has a deal breaker if he is to vote for Clinton.

“She needs to earn my vote, as opposed to Trump,” he said. “I’m much more interested in the candidate that wants to show me what they’re about as opposed to threaten me with someone that’s worse.”

U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross, representing Camden, Gloucester and parts of Burlington counties, said he believes the Democrats have already come together in the democratic process when they voted for Clinton as the party’s nominee.

The Democrat from Camden said he believes each speech that was made represented the core values of all Democrats — a livable wage, pay equality, and creating more domestic jobs. He said that despite the divide between Sanders and Clinton supporters, the next few days will become a path that would lead to a united party.

“I’m really proud of Democrats for coming together and having this conversation,” he said. “You’re not going to please 100 percent of the people 100 percent of the time. But at the end of the day, you’ll see that over the course of the next few days, Democrats coming together.”

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