Today, the Democratic Party made its biggest leap towards party unity after a long and dragged out primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Sanders and Clinton appeared together in New Hampshire today, where Sanders enjoyed his first primary victory in January.
Sanders spent much of his endorsement pointing out the many things that the two have in common. Things like the need to fight income inequality, affordable health care, overturning the SCOTUS’s Citizens United decision and making higher education affordable and debt-free were stressed. Sanders also emphasized the importance of down ballot races and turning Congress back to the Democratic Party’s hands as well of upcoming SCOTUS appointments. He pointed out on how these things will have an impact on worker’s rights, civil liberties, LGBT rights and women’s rights.
Sanders has been critical of Clinton’s willingness to accept ‘big money’ in the past but the two seemed more on the same page than ever today. Sanders seems to have gotten at least a lion’s share of what he was seeking in negotiations with Clinton over the past weeks and months. Sanders formally conceded the race and gave a full-throated endorsement of Clinton.
‘Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process — and I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for President and I intend to do everything I can to make certain that she will be the next President of the United States.’
Sanders emphasized that he was there to talk about the future, and not the past tho he did take some time to thank and congratulate his supporters in a most deserved fashion.
‘The profound lesson that I have learned is that this campaign is not about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. This campaign is about addressing the needs of the American people.’ Sanders added ‘There is no doubt in my mind, that as we head into November, that Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that. It is very easy to forget, and Republicans want us to forget — where we were seven and a half years ago when President Obama came into office.’
Sanders contrasted Clinton and his agreements on the issues vs the positions of Trump and the GOP.
After accepting and praising Sanders and his campaign / movement, Clinton spoke to recent events involving gun violence that have been at the forefront of the news as of late. She called for measures to help police do their jobs better including better training and accountability. She also spoke to the issue of gun violence and called for the end of making ‘assault weapons’ or ‘weapons of war’ as she called them available as a pizza at Little Caesars.
Clinton also talked about raising wages and creating opportunities for all the Americans who are struggling to get ahead or even keep up in today’s economy.
They also showed their unity on climate change and transferring America’s energy consumption to a clean energy economy and leaving fossil fuels in the past.
Clinton emphasized her opposition to the TPP in a way that left no wiggle room for back-tracking. She also was more specific than ever on her ‘debt-free’ college plan promising tuition-free public college to anyone coming from a household of less than 125,000 dollars.
Check out Sanders endorsing Clinton HERE:
Polls are already showing that Clinton has the support of 85 percent of his supporters. No one expects her to get them all and she seems to be off to a great start.
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