The Latest: VT Sen. Sanders thanks New England delegates


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT):

9:27 a.m.

Bernie Sanders is thanking New England delegates, telling them that “as of yesterday, I guess, officially our campaign ended.”

Sanders spoke to delegates from his home state of Vermont, along with those from New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island the morning after he urged the Democratic National Convention to nominate Hillary Clinton for president.

He says he is trying to shift his movement to encourage people to run for office and fight for the issues he pushed for during his campaign.

Sanders adds he spoke to President Barack Obama on Tuesday night, saying, “he was kind enough to call.”

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9:22 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says the Democratic Party needs to do a better job connecting with white working class voters.

Biden tells MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the party has done “the right thing” for those voters, but “hasn’t spoken enough” to them.

One reason for the disconnect he suggested is that, “We’ve been consumed with crisis after crisis after crisis.”

He said the Obama administration has had the right policies in place to help these voters, but needs to do a better job of telling them.

Polls have shown Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton struggling to capture support from white male voters, while that group is attracted to Republican Donald Trump’s anti-establishment message.

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9:15 a.m.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is urging men to “stand and support strong women leaders” in the presidential election.

Kaine says the United States has lagged other countries in electing women political leaders. But the Democratic vice presidential nominee says the country has “an opportunity to do something magnificent” in electing Hillary Clinton as the first woman president.

Kaine is speaking at a breakfast with delegates from his home state, one of the country’s most important general election battlegrounds. He’s set to address the Democratic convention Wednesday night.

Kaine cast the contest between Clinton and Republican Donald Trump as a choice between building a “community of respect” or embracing “the politics of division.”

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7:58 a.m.

President Barack Obama says Republican Donald Trump “is somebody who likes attention and maybe surprised himself that he got this far.”

Obama tells NBC’s “Today Show” that Trump “doesn’t seem to have any plans or policies or proposals or specific solutions.”

The president made the comments in a taped interview aired Wednesday.

Asked about Trump’s remarks that he alone could fix the country’s problems, Obama said: “That’s not how our founders designed our system. We’re not a government where some strong man orders people around and banishes enemies.”

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7:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama says he worries about a President Donald Trump who would lack “basic knowledge about the world” and has shown no interest in learning more about it.

Obama says, what he thinks is “scary is a president who doesn’t know their stuff.”

Without mentioning Trump by name, Obama added the Republican presidential nominee doesn’t seem to know much about nuclear weapons, where countries are or the differences between the Sunni and Shiite branches of the Muslim religion.

The interview was aired on NBC’s “Today” the same day he is scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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7:31 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t want Hillary Clinton to become president.

Biden tells ABC’s “Good Morning America” that adversaries of the U.S. think it’s better to have someone “who doesn’t have any idea what they’re doing” in the White House than have somebody “as tough as Hillary.” He said Putin doesn’t want to see a united NATO or a united European Union.

Biden said he doesn’t know for sure if Russia was responsible for leaking embarrassing emails from the Democratic National Committee. But he said the leak is consistent with Russia’s past conduct.

He also said Republican Donald Trump and his running mate “don’t know what they’re talking about” when it comes to national security. Biden criticized Trump for wanting to break up U.S. alliances with NATO countries.

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3:23 a.m.

It was long ago and far away when Barack Obama snippily remarked, “You’re likable enough, Hillary.” It’s a lovefest now.

Shortly after Hillary Clinton formally captured the Democratic nomination and declared the glass ceiling cracked and nearly shattered, her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton delivered an expansive and passionate testimonial Tuesday night. He offered a deeply personal — though sanitized — account of their relationship, a policy-driven ode to the “best darn change-maker I have ever met.”

Tonight, the current president is joining her party — for it is her party now — in making the case to the nation for electing the former first lady, senator and secretary of state as the first woman to occupy the Oval Office.

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