Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton

The Vermont senator made it official at a Clinton campaign stop in New Hampshire.

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With just two weeks to go until the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has officially called off his campaign and endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

The announcement came at a Clinton campaign event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Tuesday morning.

“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,” Sanders told the crowd.

“The profound lesson that I have learned is that this campaign is not really about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders or any other candidate who sought the presidency. This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face. And there is no doubt in my mind that, as we head into November, Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that.”

Sanders said that Clinton was a better candidate than Donald Trump on virtually every issue: improving access to health care, increasing the minimum wage, making college more affordable, fighting climate change and opiate addiction, and a host of other issues that Sanders put at the center of his own progressive campaign.

“It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues,” Sanders said in prepared remarks. “That’s what this campaign has been about. That’s what democracy is about. But I am happy to tell you that at the Democratic Platform Committee which ended Sunday night in Orlando, there was a significant coming together between the two campaigns and we produced, by far, the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.”

Clinton stood behind Sanders while he spoke, then took the lectern.

“Hello, New Hampshire,” she said. “It is so great to be here with so many friends, old and new.”

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