Bernie Sanders Expected to Endorse Hillary Clinton at New Hampshire Rally

He’s finally expected to endorse Hillary. Bernie Sanders will be joining Hillary Clinton at a New Hampshire rally on Tuesday, July 12, according to a statement released by the Clinton campaign on Monday, July 11.

The presumptive Democratic nominee, 68, and the Vermont senator, 74, will “discuss their commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top,” the statement says. The event will take place at Portsmouth High School at 11 a.m, and it is open to the public.

Five weeks after Clinton unofficially clinched the Democratic nomination by capturing a majority of the delegates, Sanders has not yet formally ended his 2016 campaign. He previously told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that he will vote for Clinton in the November election.

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at the Univision News and 'Washington Post' Democratic presidential primary debate on the Miami Dade College Kendall campus on March 9, 2016, in Miami. Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images

“I think the issue right here is I’m gonna do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump,” he said, while declining to say, in numerous interviews, when he might endorse his former primary season rival. 

Sanders has continued to push for policy tweaks and has praised Clinton for recently adopting some of his ideas. She announced a version of Sanders’ plan for free tuition for in-state public colleges for families with annual incomes up to $125,000. She also encouraged a “public option” for the Affordable Care Act.

“I congratulate Secretary Clinton for this extremely important initiative,” Sanders said in a statement about her health care plan. “The proposal, in a very significant way, addresses the crisis we now face in primary health care.” 

The announcement that Sanders is appearing alongside Clinton comes shortly after Democratic leaders were on track to ratify the party’s progressive agenda at the Democratic National Convention this month.

Last week, the ongoing drama over Clinton’s emails finally ended, for the most part, when the FBI recommended no charges against her for using a private email server while she was secretary of State. Attorney General Loretta Lynch later said she would accept the FBI’s advice not to pursue charges. House Republicans called the FBI director, James Comey, to a special hearing and pushed for a new investigation into whether Clinton lied to Congress about her handling of classified information. 

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