Bernie Sanders has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.
“I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton,” Bernie said while standing next to Hillary at an event 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,” Sander 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, however, for procedural reasons related to the upcoming Democratic National Convention. When he first took to the stage, he touted the success of his campaign, noting that he garnered 1,900 delegates during the primaries — “far more than almost anyone thought we could win,” Sanders said.
But Sanders conceded, “Secretary Clinton goes into the convention with 389 more pledged delegates than we have and a lot more super delegates.”
“Secretary Clinton has won the democratic nominating process. And I congratulate her for that,” Sanders said to a cheering crowd in a city and state he won by wide margins.”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.”
The event will help to fuse two wings of the Democratic party together that, despite their real differences, seem to be closer together than their counterparts across the aisle. Many of Trump’s primary challengers have yet to endorse him.
Watch video of Bernie’s endorsement below!