Sanders Endorses Clinton: 'Hillary Will Make an Outstanding President'
At their first joint campaign event Tuesday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton. While Sanders announced in late June that if Clinton became the official nominee, he would be voting for her, the endorsement today is expected to further unify the Democratic Party in an effort to defeat Donald Trump. Though, Sanders insisted it was about the American people more than anything.
"I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton," Sanders said in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
"This campaign is not really about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face," Sanders said. "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."
Sanders did not formally suspend his campaign; in fact, he touted his success of winning "1,900 delegates during the primaries—far more than almost anyone thought we could win."
"Secretary Clinton goes into the convention with 389 more pledged delegates than we have and a lot more superdelegates. Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process. And I congratulate her for that," Sanders announced.
The crowd cheered.
"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."
Trump's last two challengers in the race before they dropped out—John Kasich and Ted Cruz—have yet to endorse him, which puts Clinton ahead as nominee.