Democrats divided as convention opens in Philly

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., march during a protest in downtown Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016, on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. On Sunday, Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would step down as DNC chairwoman at the end of the party's convention, after emails presumably stolen from the DNC by hackers were posted to the website Wikileaks. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Liberal stalwart Elizabeth Warren is using her Democratic convention speech to make clear her view that Americans won't fall for Donald Trump's plan to fan what she calls "the flames of fear and hatred."

The Massachusetts Democrat says in excerpts of a speech she plans to deliver later Monday that the Republican presidential nominee is peddling an old story of "divide and conquer."

Warren says Trump thinks he can win votes "by turning neighbor against neighbor" and by persuading voters that the source of their problems is "people who don't look like you, or don't talk like or don't worship like you."

She says bankers, oil companies and giant corporations benefit "when we turn on each other."

Warren says a divided America can't "fight back against a rigged system." She says "the American people are not falling for" Trump's divisive rhetoric.

Calls for party to unite

Cory Booker is calling for the Democratic party to unite around Hillary Clinton — and the Democratic senator from New Jersey says Clinton would be a champion for the poor as president.

Remarks of Booker's speech at the party's convention have come out before his remarks later Monday. He says Clinton would measure America's greatness not by the number of millionaires and billionaires, but by how few people are living in poverty.

Booker says the country doesn't always have to agree, but the U.S. can't became a place "where our highest aspiration is that we just tolerate each other."

Booker also champions debt-free college, which he says represents the best of the Democratic party.

'The choice in this election couldn't be clearer'

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says Hillary Clinton is the presidential candidate for paid family leave and equal pay for women.

The New York lawmaker says Clinton's life work has been defined by this single question: "How we help those who need it most?"

Gillibrand says that stands in contrast to what she says is Donald Trump's defining question: "How can I help myself most?"

Excerpts of Gillibrand's speech were released before she was to take the podium at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night.

Gillibrand, who succeeded Clinton as a New York senator, says: "The choice in this election couldn't be clearer."

Demi Lovato sings hit song

Singer Demi Lovato belted out her hit "Confident" at the Democratic National Convention.

Lovato performed for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Iowa during the campaign, and she's one of the first bold-faced names to appear on the convention stage.

The convention opened with a performance from Boys II Men. Paul Simon is set to perform later Monday, and delegates are set to hear from actress and activist Eva Longoria.

Before performing, Lovato told the crowd of delegates at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia that "like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness."

She says, "But I am lucky. I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility." She says Hillary Clinton will help Americans in need of care get the treatment they require.

Bill Clinton at convention

Hillary Clinton may not be in Philadelphia yet, but her husband has started the charm offensive at the Democratic National Convention.

An aide to former President Bill Clinton has met with members of Congress during a private reception at the Wells Fargo Arena.

Hillary Clinton plans to spend the night at her home in suburban New York after campaigning earlier in North Carolina.

The Clinton campaign has been careful not to have Bill Clinton overshadow his wife's efforts. But he's been an effective supporter, often speaking in smaller cities where Hillary Clinton might not have time to campaign.

Sanders delegates not on board with Clinton

'I wouldn't vote for her for dog catcher'

That's the sentiment of a Bernie Sanders delegate when talking about whether she'd support Hillary Clinton.

"No, never in a million years" — Melissa Arab of Shelby Township, Michigan, is making abundantly clear.

She says she's going to work as hard as she can to make Sanders the Democratic nominee for president.

She says "that's what I'm pledged to do and that's what Bernie told me to do."

Sanders' supporters are getting plenty of time at the podium at the Democratic National Convention.

Some key backers of the Vermont senator were late additions to Monday night's program — in an effort to promote party unity.

Tensions are simmering on the convention's opening night as Sanders' allies celebrate the onetime presidential candidate and advocate for Hillary Clinton's election.

Among those added are two strong Sanders supporters — Maine lawmaker Diane Russell and former NAACP president Ben Jealous.

Jealous is praised the party platform and saying, "Join us at the ballot box and we will elect Hillary Clinton as president of these United States."

Some frustrated Sanders fans are continuing to boo at the mention of Clinton's name.

Sanders asked his supporters as a "personal courtesy" not to protest at the Democratic convention — but not everyone's willing to heed that request.

Michigan delegate Bruce Fealk says he understands Sanders' position and understands why the Vermont senator is making the request.

But Fealk also says: "I'm really annoyed. ... I haven't decided yet. I want to support Bernie, but I also want to voice my displeasure with the Democratic Party."

Fealk says he sees the hacked party emails as a revelation, and says they show the party's disrespect for progressives.