Sanders formally endorses Clinton

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Sen. Bernie Sanders officially endorsed the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president.

Sanders endorsed Clinton at their first joint rally in Portsmouth, N.H., less than two weeks before the Democratic National Convention.

“Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that,” Sanders said.

“She will be the Democratic nominee for president, and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States,” he added.

He said Clinton is “far and away the best candidate” to address “the needs of the American people … the very serious crises that we face.”

Sanders’ speech focused on several of his policy proposals that Clinton has embraced as part of her unification process. Specifically, he mentioned Clinton’s support of a healthcare public option, an issue that Sanders supporters were able to add to the party platform.

“I cannot help but reflect ow much more enjoyable this election is going to be now that we are on the same side,” Clinton said after Sanders’ speech.

“We are going to defeat Donald Trump, win in November and, yes, together build a future we can all believe in,” she added.

The Clinton campaign touted Sanders’ endorsement in a fundraising email. “Today, I am so honored that Senator Sanders is joining me on the campaign trail and is ready to take on Trump and the GOP,” Clinton said in the email.

“This campaign is changing soon. Trump is expected to announce his running mate any day now, and the GOP platform is taking shape. This is the last week we can pull together and show how unified we are before Trump and the Republicans come after us — and the values we hold dear — in Cleveland,” Clinton said urging supporters to take action.