Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton for POTUS at New Hampshire Rally

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens as Sen.Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on July 12, 2016. Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

He’s with her! At long last, following a heated primary battle that concluded last month, Bernie Sanders formally endorsed Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States at the presumptive Democratic nominee’s rally in New Hampshire on Tuesday, July 12.

“Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that,” Sanders, 74, said of Clinton, 68, on Tuesday at Portsmouth High School. “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.”

Sanders, who has been under scrutiny for not endorsing Clinton earlier, continued, “I have come here today not to talk about the past but to focus on the future. That future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8 in voting booths across our nation than by any other event in the world. I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.”

As Us Weekly previously reported, the Clinton campaign released a statement on Monday, July 11, hinting that the Vermont senator was planning to endorse the former first lady. The statement said that the duo would “discuss their commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.”

Tuesday’s rally in New Hampshire makes the politicians’ first joint general election campaign event. Last month, Clinton and Sanders met in Washington, D.C., to discuss their political agendas and the 2016 presidential election.

Last week, the drama surrounding Clinton’s emails essentially ended after the FBI recommended no charges against her for using a private email server while she was secretary of state. Attorney General Loretta Lynch later announced she would accept the FBI’s advice not to pursue charges.

President Barack Obama previously endorsed Clinton for POTUS in June.

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