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Debbie Wasserman Schultz booed at Florida delegation breakfast

DNC chair booed

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz faced chaos Monday morning -- a chorus of angry boos and protesters' signs at a Florida delegation breakfast greeted her address. At one point, protesters shouted, "Shame! Shame! Shame!" at her while she tried to talk over them.

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DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., speaks during a Florida delegation breakfast, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. AP/Matt Slocum

"So I can see that there's a little bit of interest in my being here, and I appreciate that interest -- and a little bit of interest from the press," Wasserman Schultz said. "That really shows you that Florida is the most significant battleground state!"

Protesters jeered throughout her speech -- some held up Bernie campaign signs. Other signs read "No!" and "Bye!" -- the latter was a reference to her impending resignation. There was also an "Email!" sign, a shorthand attack on presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday that she would step down as DNC chair following the Democratic convention, after a trove of DNC emails released by Wikileaks showed top DNC officials disparaging Bernie Sanders during the primary campaign.

Another Democratic staffer tried to quiet the crowd and gavel the protesters down unsuccessfully.

Wasserman Schultz gamely kept talking amid the boos, mentioning at one point a Florida nightclub shooting that had taken place Sunday night, but the shouts were persistent.

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Protesters yell as DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., arrives for a Florida delegation breakfast, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. AP Photo/Matt Slocum

"We know that the voices in this room that are standing up and being disruptive--we know that that's not the Florida we know," she cried. "The Florida we know is united!"

She told the crowd she looked forward to "continuing to representing my constituency of Florida's 23rd congressional district," and she promised they'd see her every day between now and November on the campaign trail.

"We will lock arms, and we will not stand down," she shouted over the crowd.

CBS News' Sean Gallitz contributed to this report


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