Finally: Bernie Endorsed Hillary

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.

 

 

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Sanders Says He Will Vote For Clinton

Seems like there is an endorsement in the air.

Hillary Clinton has been the presumptive Democratic nominee for a while now, but there was one person who still didn’t agree with that – Bernie Sanders.

Today, for the first time, Bernie announced that he will be voting for Clinton in November.

Clinton Celebrates Nomination

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Clinton’s supporters were well aware of the historic moment. Photo © Elizabeth Lucy
Hillary Clinton made history on Tuesday night, declaring herself the nominee of the Democratic Party – the first time in history that a woman became the presumptive nominee of one of the major parties.

Eight years ago to the day after Clinton gave her concession speech to Barack Obama – where she famously said that the “glass ceiling” of sexism had “about 18 million cracks in it” – it was her moment to shine.

In an anti-climatic moment, the Associated Press had already called the race for Clinton on Monday (thanks to super delegates), but by Tuesday night she had also won the majority of pledged delegates.

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Photo © Elizabeth Lucy
Clinton spoke at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the same spot where she debated Bernie Sanders in April.

In her victory speech, the former first lady made many references to the historical nature of her nomination. (Watch the full speech here.)

“Tonight’s victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible. In our country, it started right here in New York, a place called Seneca Falls, in 1848. When a small but determined group of women, and men, came together with the idea that women deserved equal rights, and they set it forth in something called the Declaration of Sentiments, and it was the first time in human history that that kind of declaration occurred.”

The celebratory Clinton also – once again – embraced the supporters of Sen. Sanders, asking them to “remember all that unites us” in the upcoming battle with Donald Trump.

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Shirley Liu and Elizabeth Lucy were excited to hear Clinton speak. Photo © Elizabeth Lucy
Clinton celebrated together with many of her supporters and volunteers in her home state of New York.

“There was no way I was going to miss this moment in history,” said Elizabeth Lucy, a Brooklyn volunteer. “This is probably the most historical event I’ll ever experience in my lifetime. I can’t wait to tell the grandkids!”

With Bernie Sanders still in the race, Hillary Clinton won’t be the official nominee until the Democratic convention in Philadelphia at the end of July.