Clinton made the announcement in a fund raising appeal this morning just before the she appeared with Sanders at the rally.
“Today, I am so honored that Senator Sanders is joining me on the campaign trail and is ready to take on Trump and the GOP,” she said in the statement.
“With the Republican National Convention just a week away, the Republicans are preparing to put the full force of their party toward one goal: attacking our team.”
At the rally, Sanders’ endorsement was unequivocal.
“Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process,” he said in a speech. “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 was a wild card following his defeat during the nominating process. Some reports claimed he would sit out the election, along with many of his followers, or challenge Clinton at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. It starts July 25.
But after a series of meetings with party and Clinton campaign officials at the Democratic Platform Committee in Florida, he agreed to the endorsement. In return, the party agreed to include a $15-an-hour minimum wage as part of its platform.
Sanders praised Clinton for her pledge to expand health care coverage, increase use of sustainable energy resources and fight income inequality.
“She knows that it is absurd that middle-class Americans are paying an effective tax rate higher than hedge fund millionaires,” he said.
Sanders will undoubtedly play some role in her administration as well, should she win.
But more immediately, his endorsement will go a long way to pulling his supporters into Clinton’s camp..
Trump is expected to grab media attention any day now by announcing his Vice Presidential running mate. The GOP will also begin to unveil their campaign platform, leading up to their convention in Cleveland, OH.
“With Senator Sanders, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and countless others on our side, there’s nothing we can’t do,” Clinton wrote in her fundraising missive.
At the rally, Clinton praised Sanders for his “lifetime of fighting injustice.”
“He has energized and inspired a generation of young people who care deeply about our country,” she said.
Clinton’s campaign is gaining momentum after she weathered relatively unscathed an investigation into her use of a private email server while Secretary of State and her actions involving a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.
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