So it finally happened. Five weeks after Hillary Clinton became the presumptive nominee, her opponent Bernie Sanders has conceded and officially endorsed her.
In his speech, Sanders thanked his supporters and vowed to make certain Clinton becomes the next president of the United Staes.
“I am proud of the campaign we ran here in New Hampshire and across the country. Our campaign won the primaries and caucuses in 22 states, and when the roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is announced it will show that we won almost 1,900 delegates. That is a lot of delegates, far more than almost anyone thought we could win. But it is not enough to win the nomination. 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. 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 endorsement came after weeklong negotiations between the two camps over the Democratic platform. There is a lot to be said about the possibility that Sanders lost political capital by waiting too long. After Elizabeth Warren followed President Obama in endorsing Hillary, the progressive darling attracted much attention away from Sanders.
And the fact that it took Sanders five full weeks to endorse Clinton is in stark contrast to Clinton herself – who started campaign for Obama only four days after her loss in 2008.