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Iowa delegate at DNC while party unity is in question

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All eyes are on the Democratic party today, wondering if the party can unite. 18-year-old Iowa delegate Sruthi Palaniappan says the division within the Democratic party is clear.

On the first day of the Democratic National Convention, party unity at a stand-still.

18-year-old Iowa Delegate Sruthi Palaniappan says she was met with crowds of protesters as she walked to the convention center this morning.

"Many of them are Bernie Sanders supporters who may especially be upset about the DNC leaks that occurred recently," said Palaniappan.  

After thousands of leaked emails show Democratic party officials favoring Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the primary, Bernie supporters marched into protest.

Sanders supporters also interrupted a delegate breakfast.

Those leaked emails forcing Democratic Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign today.

Now all eyes on Senator Sanders who is set to speak tonight at the convention.

"His statement today is going to be extremely crucial in the sense that he's the one people want to hear directly from," said Palaniappan. "People who are mad, want to hear from him. They want to hear what he has to say, and he's going to be the crucial aspect to unite the party today."

Palaniappan says she's hopeful in the parties ability to come together. 

"His statement today will really help unify the party, and show Senator Sanders supporters that they can still be as energized about those policy ideas that they were talking about earlier, especially because Secretary Clinton has been really trying to add them to their own platform now. And that we have a lot at stake here so we do have to move together forward." 

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