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Gov. Malloy speaks at Democratic National Convention

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Gov. Dannel Malloy speaking at DNC on Monday. (WFSB) Gov. Dannel Malloy speaking at DNC on Monday. (WFSB)
PHILADELPHIA, PA (WFSB) -

This week it is the democrats turn to have their convention.

Delegates from Connecticut, and all over the country, are in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention.

It was off to a rough start with an email hacking scandal, and the party chair heading out the door.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is going to resign because of the scandal, but not until the convention is over.

Gov. Dannel Malloy spoke to the delegates on Monday.

Gun violence was a topic brought up at the convention.

"After the Sandy Hook school tragedy, we passed common sense gun safety laws including universal background checks in our state of Connecticut," Malloy said.

He was an early supporter of Hillary Clinton, who first endorsed her last June on Face the State.

He praised Clinton on Monday evening, but spent some time bashing Donald Trump.

"Donald Trump, who has insulted anyone who doesn't agree with him or look like him...women, Mexican Americans, veterans, Muslim Americans, the LGTBQ community, and people with disabilities, you name them Donald Trump has bullied them," Malloy said.

Other lawmakers weighed in on the convention as well.  

"Gun violence will be a key issue in this campaign - the vast majority of Americans 90 percent want to see common sense measures,” said U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy watched Malloy's speech from the convention floor, and will deliver a speech on Wednesday.

He said he plans to focus on combating gun violence.

"Not just because it's the right thing to do to keep our people safe but also because its the best strategy to prevent terrorist attacks on our soil," Murphy said.

Murphy received national recognition after leading a gun control filibuster on the Senate floor, but on a personal note he can't wait to deliver arguably the biggest speech of his life.

"I'm pretty excited that in this country I could get to be here and give a speech, with my mother just a generation before having struggled to make ends meet in public housing in New Britain, that's pretty special and I'm certainly going to savor the opportunity to talk to the country on Wednesday night," Murphy said.

On Wednesday, Erica Lafferty, the daughter of Dawn Hochspring, will speak. Her mother was the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Democrats said they will try to steer clear of the doom and gloom spread at the GOP convention, and instead they will paint a brighter picture of the United States.

Hillary Clinton is still reeling from her own email scandal, and now the head of the DNC has her own email troubles.

"This issue will disappear. What’s important here is choosing the next president,” Blumenthal said.

The convention will also give the country a chance to see more of Tim Kaine, the senator from Virginia who is Clinton’s choice for vice president.

Quinnipiac University has also sent a handful of students to work at the convention.

Jack Onofrio studies political science, and is helping CBS’ 24 hour online news channel, and has already met a few important people.

"I already saw Stephen Colbert and Nancy Pelosi yesterday. That was fantastic. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama are on the speakers listed for today,” Onofrio said.

Former President Bill Clinton will also speak on Tuesday, along with mothers who have lost their children to violence.

The president will speak on Wednesday.

Hillary Clinton will accept the nomination on Thursday.

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