This is major! Bernie Sanders, 74, has endorsed his former opponent Hillary Clinton, 68. He appeared with Hillary at an event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on July 12, and we have all the details of his speech right here.
Hillary and Bernie took the stage together for the first time, and Bernie was all smiles as he endorsed the presumptive Democratic candidate. “I intend to do everything I can to make certain [Hillary] will be the next president [of the United States],” he said. “I intend to campaign with her all over the country. She will make an outstanding president. I am proud to stand with her.“
Bernie joined Hillary for the campaign event “to discuss their commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top”, as a statement released by both campaigns said.
Portsmouth, NH is a city that Bernie won by a wide margin. The fact that the Vermont senator and the former Secretary of State spoke together today at Portsmouth High School marks a special time, as it denotes the unity of the Democratic party. Meanwhile, Donald Trump‘s main opponents have yet to endorse him, but is anyone surprised by that?
Sanders might not formally suspend his campaign yet — he has vowed since the beginning of his campaign that no matter what happened during the primaries, he would stick it out until the Democratic National Convention in July. After all, even if a candidate becomes the mathematically presumptive nominee for president, they’re not official until they’re nominated at the convention.
Still, we never thought we’d see him endorse Hillary. What a crazy development in this already wild race toward the White House! It’s important to note, however, that the DNC is going to be a contested convention, meaning that the committee could write in a candidate if they decide for some reason that they can’t stand Hillary! Not that that’s going to happen…