When Hillary Clinton dropped out of the 2008 race for the Democratic nomination in 2008, she quickly fell behind her opponent and endorsed Barack Obama. However, when Clinton secured the nomination in the 2016 race, Bernie Sanders was reluctant to follow suit. Since the race effectively came to a close, Bernie Sanders has fallen silent on the issue, avoiding opportunities to endorse his rival and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
However, according to Politico, Bernie Sanders has now confirmed that he will vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming general election, but he still hasn’t dropped out of the race himself. Despite Clinton having secured the required delegates to claim the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders is yet to formally concede. However, he’s given Clinton something of an endorsement, making it clear that he won’t allow his continued campaign to prevent Hillary Clinton making it to the White House.
Speaking about the remainder of the race for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders confirmed that he would vote for Hillary Clinton to prevent Donald Trump taking the White House, saying “Yes, I think the issue right here is I’m gonna do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump.”
According to the Independent, that fresh endorsement for Hillary Clinton doesn’t appear to be stopping Bernie Sanders taking his campaign to the Democratic National Convention in July this year, which could suggest that Bernie Sanders saying he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton doesn’t necessarily mean a full endorsement of the candidate. That being said, Sanders did use the interview as an opportunity to blast Clinton’s Republican rival Donald Trump, making Sanders’ choice for the presidency pretty clear.
I think Trump in so many ways will be a disaster for this country if he were to be elected president. We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry, is insulting Mexicans and Latinos and Muslims and women, who does not believe in the reality of climate change when virtually every scientist who has studied this issue understands that we have a global crisis. This is not somebody who should become president.
Since Hillary Clinton claimed the required delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders has signalled the slowdown of his campaign. However, with no clear path to securing the nomination, Bernie Sanders has been reluctant to give up his campaign as he fights for a bigger voice within the party.
Thanks, Obama. https://t.co/DzKgMFgdmP
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 10, 2016
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Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic nomination earlier this month on June 7, making history as the first female nominee of a major party. After her securing of the nomination, it was widely predicted that her final remaining opponent on the Democratic side of the debate, Bernie Sanders would drop out. However, Sanders has since claimed that his fight will continue, despite the fact that he will be voting for and supporting Hillary Clinton in a bid to prevent Donald Trump claiming the White House this November.
— Financial Times (@FT) June 21, 2016
The news comes on the tail of Clinton facing calls to name Bernie Sanders as her running mate at the Democratic National Convention next month. Clinton is believed to be vetting a number of candidates, not including Sanders. However, polling suggests that Sanders would help Clinton pick up support from areas of the political spectrum that she wouldn’t necessarily be able to reach, meaning that Sanders could be in contention for a top role in Clinton’s administration.
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