Bernie Sanders officially endorses Clinton

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Portsmouth, N.H. (NBC News)
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Portsmouth, N.H. (NBC News)

WASHINGTON (AP/KXAN) — After a long and arduous battle, Bernie Sanders is at last endorsing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president.

During an event Tuesday morning in New Hampshire, Sanders says Clinton must become the next president because she can take on issues like income inequality, climate change and student debt.

Sanders also said Trump does not share those values. He said Trump would not hike the current minimum wage and would appoint Supreme Court justices that would threaten civil liberties and equal rights.

Sanders has avoided endorsing Clinton for weeks. But he said Tuesday that he was pleased by the updates to the official party platform made over the weekend, which he called the most progressive in history. He said he would work to make sure the party follows through.

He pledged that his “political revolution” would continue. But he acknowledged that she, and not he, had won the delegates to snag the nomination. That has been true for weeks, and Democrats have not-so-quietly been angling for him to drop out and endorse the former secretary of state.

Sanders promised to work to help Clinton win in November, calling her “far and away the best candidate” to confront challenges facing the country.

Republican Donald Trump has been trying to draw Sanders supporters to his campaign.

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