Bernie Sanders throws his arms around Hillary

Despite an often acrimonious relationship during the primaries and running a remarkable Democratic presidential campaign, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) formally endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.

Appearing with Clinton at a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and embracing the presumptive Democratic nominee, Sanders told the crowd:

“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.  I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”

Responding to Sanders’ words of support, Clinton said:

“I can’t help but reflect on how much more enjoyable this election will be now that we are on the same side.  Thank you, Bernie, for your endorsement, but more than that, thank you for your lifetime of fighting injustice.”

Although Mr. Sanders officially remains a candidate for the Democratic nomination, his presence is widely viewed as leverage to glean concessions in the Democratic platform for the upcoming convention in Philadelphia.

Often pulled to the left during the primaries, Clinton has adopted several of Sanders’ key issues, including free college at public universities and universal health care.  Clinton did not, however, alter her position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Although the endorsement was weeks in the making with Mr. Sanders often dropping hints indicating impending support, his embrace of Clinton does not guarantee his backers will loyally follow.  Some Sanders supporters vented anger as what they perceive as a “sellout” by the senator to the establishment candidate.

“I am absolutely certain I will not vote for Hillary Clinton.  She’s a crook, and I’m not going to vote for a crook,” said Sanders supporter Gail Bailey, an unemployed graphic designer who attended the Portsmouth rally in a Sanders t-shirt.

Watch Sanders and Clinton give their full remarks, below.

 

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