President Obama endorses Clinton

Hillary Clinton
In this Jan. 12, 2016, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Challenged anew by Bernie Sanders, Clinton is reverting to some of the same themes, even strikingly similar attack lines, from her 2008 primary loss to Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) –  President Barack Obama has endorsed Hillary Clinton to succeed him as president.

The move came after Obama met with her rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Sanders said he would work with Clinton to stop Donald Trump.

In his endorsement, Obama said: “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office.”

A spokesman for Bernie Sanders says the Vermont senator had a “wide-ranging discussion” with President Barack Obama about issues facing working families and ways to “create an economy that works for all people,” not just the wealthy.

Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs says that Sanders requested the meeting with Obama because he was “interested in his input.” Briggs says Sanders considers Obama to be “one of the smartest people he knows” and was happy to receive his counsel during the hourlong meeting.

Sanders was meeting later Thursday with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada and his successor, Charles Schumer of New York. Sanders was also meeting with Vice President Joe Biden at the Naval Observatory later in the day.

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