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US Election 2016: Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton, Cementing Democratic Unity

Posted: Jul 12, 2016 at 6:53 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Hillary Clinton, presumptive Democratic Party nominee in November 2016 United States presidential election has received an endorsement from her former arch-rival Bernie Sanders, who vowed on Tuesday to do everything to ensure that she becomes the next president.

The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate appeared with Clinton at a campaign event in New Hampshire, where Sanders formally declared an end to their political rivalry, joining forces to take on a shared enemy: Donald Trump of Republican Party.

They have been negotiating since she all but guaranteed the nomination in June and Sanders hopes to have a large influence on the Democratic platform.

“I have come here to make it as clear as possible why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president,” Sanders said at the joint rally.

“ Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nomination and I congratulate her for that ,” said the 74-year-old self-described democratic socialist, who has been a thorn in Clinton’s side over the last year.

“I have come here today not to talk about the past but to focus on the future. That future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8 in voting booths across our nation than by any other event in the world. I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president, “ he declared, adding : “I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”

Clinton, speaking after Sanders, declared: “We are joining forces to defeat Donald Trump!”

“I can’t help but say how much more enjoyable this election is going to be when we are on the same side,” she said. “You know what? We are stronger together!”

The long-anticipated unity event effectively puts to rest Democratic fears of a political nightmare scenario: that Sanders might sit on his hands in the general election, or worse, run as a third-party candidate on the left.

Clinton aides are confident that Sanders , who excited the liberal base and won young voters by large margins during the primary ,could be a potent weapon against Trump and help Clinton rev up liberal voters.

But even at an occasion meant to turn the page on their primary battle, Sanders reminded Clinton, who stood next to him on stage, of the millions of Americans who had rejected her.

“Let me begin by thanking the 13 million Americans who voted for me during the Democratic primaries,” Sanders said. “Our campaign won the primaries and caucuses in 22 states, and when the roll call at the Democratic National Convention is announced, it will show that we won almost 1,900 delegates.”

The Tuesday’s event is the byproduct of weeks of conversations between Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, and Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ top and most trusted aide.

Aides and advisers said that while Sanders and Clinton’s June meeting in Washington, D.C., laid the groundwork for the New Hampshire event, it was Mook and Weaver who made the cooperation between the campaigns possible. After Clinton and Sanders left their meeting at the Hilton, Mook and Weaver stayed for two hours to discuss how to work together.

The two campaign managers would continue to talk daily, a Clinton aide said, and Mook traveled to Burlington, Vermont, where Sanders’ campaign is headquartered  last month so that the two could meet at the Farmhouse Tap and Grill to continue their work together.

Sanders groups, supporters begin to coalesce around Clinton

The  endorsement will help Clinton “enormously,” said former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, a Clinton supporter who co-chairs the party’s Rules Committee.

And in a nod to Sanders’s successful fundraising efforts that brought in millions of dollars from small donors, with at one time an average donation of $27, Clinton’s campaign has made $27 an option on its online donor page.