Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, a move that may go a long way toward unifying Democrats as Clinton prepares to accept the nomination in Philadelphia later this month.
“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here today,” Sanders was to say at a rally in Portsmouth, N.H., according to a statement from his campaign.
Over the weekend, Sanders’ campaign expressed satisfaction with changes in the Democratic party platform over issues like climate change and a $15 federal minimum wage. Clinton also said that she would advocate expanding healthcare, including extending Medicare to those over 55.
Sanders’ campaign, however, failed to get robust language in the draft platform opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a key issue he brought up in the campaign. Clinton also opposed the trade deal, but it is part of President Obama’s agenda in the final year of his term.
Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday, “I am somewhat surprised that Bernie Sanders was not true to himself and his supporters. They are not happy that he is selling out!”
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