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George Engelbach, delegate from Missouri, Impersonator of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, poses for a photograph at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, United States July 20, 2016. Engelbach's message to the presidential nominee is: "I hope you will appoint all Conservative Supreme Court Justices." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
New Mexico delegate Priscilla Chavez poses for a photograph at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States July 26, 2016. Chavez's message to the presidential nominee is: "Little boys and girls of the next generation can live life without poverty and shouldn't have to worry where their next meal will come from." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
"Arthur the Patriot", an alternate from Arizona, poses for a photograph at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, United States July 19, 2016. Arthur's message to the presidential nominee is: "The Tea Party supports you." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Texas delegate Kim Frederick poses for a photograph at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States July 27, 2016. Frederick's message to the presidential nominee is: "[I want] more positivity uniting this country." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Barbara Finger, delegate from Wisconsin, poses for a photograph at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, United States July 19, 2016. Finger's message to the presidential nominee is: "Keep going the way you are. Make America great again." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Wisconsin delegate Karla Stoebig poses for a photograph at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States July 26, 2016. Stoebig's message to the presidential nominee is: "[We should be] moving forward together." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Sharon Jackson, delegate from Alaska, poses for a photograph at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, United States July 19, 2016. Jackson's message to the presidential nominee is: "Thank you for having my back." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Florida delegate Lavon Bracy poses for a photograph at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States July 26, 2016. Bracy's message to the presidential nominee is: "We can all live together in harmony. Understand that we have differences and appreciate those who are different." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Janis Holt, delegate from Texas, poses for a photograph at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, United States July 19, 2016. Holt's message to the presidential nominee is: "Make America safe for my children and grandchildren." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Florida volunteer Alvin Peters poses for a photograph at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States July 26, 2016. Peters' message to the presidential nominee is: "Spread the joy; dispel the doom and gloom." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Dr. Nancy Weres, alternate for California, poses for a photograph at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, United States July 20, 2016. Weres' hope for the presidential nominee is: "That he will reinstate the physician-patient relationship and get all third parties from coming between doctors and patients." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Louisiana delegate Rodney McFarland poses for a photograph at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States July 27, 2016. McFarland's message to the presidential nominee is: "The minimum wage needs to be 15 dollars." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Sam Barke, alternate from California, poses for a photograph at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, United States July 20, 2016. Barke's message for the presidential nominee is: "Put America first and make America great again." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
U.S. Virgin Islands delegate Edgar Phillips poses for a photograph at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States July 26, 2016. Phillips' message to the presidential nominee is: "Create more jobs to cut crime. America should be green. I want the Virgin Islands to vote in the General Election. Make sure all receive full health care benefits." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Virginia Macha, delegate from Kansas, poses for a photograph at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, United States July 19, 2016. Macha's message to the presidential nominee is: "Keep us safe. Give us jobs." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Florida delegate Rick Neuhoff poses for a photograph at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States July 26, 2016. Neuhoff's message to the presidential nominee is: "I want you to live up to what you have said," he said. "If I have to hold my nose to vote for you, I will be watching and holding your feet to the fire." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Liz Ritchie, delegate from California, poses for a photograph at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, United States July 19, 2016. Ritchie's hope for the presidential nominee is: "To see people know that they can pursue their dreams and there is nothing that can stand in their way of accomplishing them." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Florida delegate Sanjay Patel poses for a photograph at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States July 26, 2016. Patel's message to the presidential nominee is: "I want you to earn my vote and our political revolution is going to make you earn their [voters] votes too." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "DELEGATES CONVENTIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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July 28 (Reuters) - Delegates at both the Republican and the Democratic conventions sported outrageous outfits - but the views from their respective gatherings were a study in contrast.

Republican National Convention delegates in Cleveland last week embraced a freewheeling, policy-light lineup, reveling in messages of salvation from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's inner circle, while expressing their fears that America has become less safe.

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A man wearing an orange jumpsuit and Hillary Clinton mask told Reuters he had been asked to take pictures standing next to "hundreds" of convention-goers, while "lock her up" - a cry to imprison Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton - became the crowd's go-to chant.

A woman wearing a red cape with "TRUMP" spelled out in twinkle lights happily posed for the dozens of passersby requesting photos.

The few remaining, weary Ted Cruz supporters found a rallying cry in the former Republican presidential candidate's refusal to endorse Trump, a moment of party discord that prompted security to escort Heidi Cruz out of the convention hall and away from irate, yelling Trump supporters.

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A delegate studies a copy of the Republican platform document that reflect the policies of the Republican Party that will be voted on at the RNC, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli sneaks in a quick hot dog on the floor of the Republican National Convention as he discusses a controversial fight over the RNC rules with a delegate (R) at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Oregon alternate RNC delegate Nathan Dahlin wears an assortment of political buttons at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
A vendor shows off Donald Trump t-shirts for sale at one of the RNC Convention Stores inside the arena selling goods to delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk
Delegates hold a campaign sign for Donald Trump, presumptive 2016 Republican presidential nominee, during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A delegate attends the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
Delegates react to a rule committee proposal on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Diana Shores from Farmville, VA (C) protests a roll call vote on the floor on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A delegate in patriotic dress on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as its presidential nominee. Some 2,000 delegates descended on a tightly secured Cleveland arena where Trump's wife will take center stage later in the day to make a personal pitch to voters that her billionaire husband is the best candidate for the White House. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A delegate wear an American flag cowboy hat while waiting at a food stand during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (2nd L) along with other delegates from Virginia chant for a rule call vote on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A delegate on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as its presidential nominee. Some 2,000 delegates descended on a tightly secured Cleveland arena where Trump's wife will take center stage later in the day to make a personal pitch to voters that her billionaire husband is the best candidate for the White House. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Wisconsin delegate on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A delegate holds a campaign bumper sticker for Donald Trump, presumptive 2016 Republican presidential nominee, during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Shoes worn by a delegate on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as its presidential nominee. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Robert 'Mike' Duncan, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaks during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Delegates react to a rule committee proposal on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
Delegates react to a rule committee proposal on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
A delegate protests a rule committee proposal on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
A delegate protests a rule committee proposal on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Delegates from Texas wave their hats in the air on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A Florida delegate poses for the media on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A delegate gets a picture taken with a Trump supporter on the floor on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Delegate Beverly Gossage of Eudora, KS attends the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Delegates on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) gestures as he speaks on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Tennesee Delegate Nate Mitchell sports a coonskin hat on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Delegates on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Alexandra smith, national chairman of the College Republican National Committee, smiles during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Linda Lingle, former governor of Hawaii, smile during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senator Kimberly Yee, a Republican from Arizona, speaks during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Matt Walter, president of the State Leadership Committee, gestures while speaking during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A delegate takes a selfie in front of a banner in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Bill Schuette, Michigan attorney general, speaks during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Bob Little, delegate from Michigan salutes during the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Larry Householder, former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, speaks during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Jeff Larson, CEO of the Republican National Convention, speaks on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Delegates speak during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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At this week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, erstwhile candidate Bernie Sanders worked to build a bridge over troubled waters (yes, Paul Simon performed the song of that name). At the end of a roll call of state delegations, he called for Clinton to be nominated by voice vote - a show of support and a bid for unity after a bitter primary campaign.

The move prompted deafening cheers on the convention floor - as well as a boos from Sanders supporters, who, on occasion, could be seen angrily arguing with Clinton backers.

And there were celebrities - actresses Eva Longoria, Lena Dunham, America Ferrera, Sigourney Weaver and Elizabeth Banks drew shrieks and cheers from the crowd. But Clinton's convention was heavy on policy and calls to public service.

Former President Bill Clinton received a rock star's welcome before ticking off a list of his wife's civic accomplishments. First lady Michelle Obama drove some members of a rapt audience to tears when she declared, "I wake up in a house built by slaves."

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Reuters photographers caught up with several convention-goers, both Republican and Democrat, and asked "If you could speak to your nominee, What would you like them to know about your hopes for the future of America?" Here are some of their responses:

"Thank you for having my back," Sharon Jackson, a delegate from Alaska at the Republican convention, said, referring to Trump.

Barbara Finger, a delegate from Wisconsin at the Republican conclave, also expressed gratitude to the New York businessman.

"Keep going the way you are," she said. "Make America great again."

Lavon Bracy, a Democratic delegate from Florida, expressed her support for Clinton at her party's convention, emphasizing the importance of unity.

She said she hopes, "We can all live together in harmony and understand that we have differences and appreciate those who are different."

Democratic delegate Alvin Peters of Panama City, Florida, said he, too, hoped for brighter days.

"Spread the joy," said Peters. "Dispel the doom and gloom."

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