"I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States,” said Sanders at a Clinton rally in New Hampshire yesterday. This effectively marks the end of a fierce battle between the self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist underdog and the frontrunner from the Democratic Establishment. There was immense debate over whether or not Sanders would choose to endorse Hillary, launch a third-party campaign, or stay out of the November political scene altogether; however, it was revealed only recently that Sanders would be joining Clinton's team so long as he saw a more left-leaning platform.
Sanders aides said last week that the Vermont senator would endorse Clinton only once he saw a more progressive tone in her policy proposals and campaign rhetoric. Clinton explained at the endorsement event yesterday that, over the course of the primary election cycle, Sanders pulled her out to the Left on several crucial issues, including minimum wage reform, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreements, and higher education affordability. She also went on to commend Sanders for his hard-fought campaign that was able to invigorate a giant portion of the population that was previously disenchanted with the country’s political process. "Sen. Sanders has brought people off the sidelines and into the political process. He has energized and inspired a generation of young people who care deeply about our country," said Clinton. "To everyone here and everyone cross the country who poured your heart and soul into Senator Sanders' campaign: Thank you."
Although Clinton’s team sees this as a key endorsement for her to win over the more liberal base of the Democratic Party, it was evident that Sanders is still bitter about the fact that he will not be representing the Party in November by his body language and unwillingness to look Clinton in the eyes. Those who noticed this believe that it makes the endorsement look contrived and non-genuine, which is what many pundits predicted would be the case even before Sanders stepped up to the microphone yesterday.
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