The Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigns are discussing a potential event next week in New Hampshire, during which the Vermont senator would endorse Clinton’s White House bid.
A Democrat familiar with the plans said Wednesday if the two sides continue to make progress, Clinton and Sanders would appear at the joint event Tuesday in New Hampshire. The Democrat spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the plans.
Clinton and Sanders officials declined comment on the possible rally, which was first reported by NBC News.
Sanders has withheld his endorsement of Clinton since the end of the Democratic primaries in mid-June, pressing for policy commitments from the campaign and party leaders developing the platform that will be considered at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. But he has shown signs of coming around.
The senator praised Clinton’s announcement of a proposal earlier Wednesday to tackle the rising cost of college tuition and the burden of student loan debt, calling it a “very bold initiative.” In a positive sign for Democratic unity, Sanders said he hoped to find more areas of agreement with Clinton “sooner rather than later.”
Sanders trounced Clinton in the New Hampshire primary, and holding the event in the Granite State would put the two rivals in a fall battleground state where Clinton will compete against Republican Donald Trump. It would also draw comparisons to 2008, when then-Sen. Barack Obama joined Clinton for an endorsement event in Unity, New Hampshire, a symbol-rich town where Obama and Clinton split the vote in the primary.
Sanders was wildly popular with young voters during the Democratic primaries, with many drawn to his calls for free tuition at all public colleges and universities. Clinton cast her opponent’s proposals as unrealistic, saying that while she shared his concerns about rising debt, she didn’t want wealthier families to be able to take advantage of opportunities aimed at the middle and lower classes.
The new policy proposal from Clinton would place a three-month moratorium on loan payments for all federal borrowers. It would also ensure that families with annual incomes up to $125,000 pay no tuition at in-state public colleges and universities.
Sanders said the plan combined “some of the strongest ideas which she fought for during the campaign with some of the principles I fought for. The final product is the result of the work of both campaigns.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
Justin W says
Many of the Sanders voters probably voted for him as a protest against Hillary Clinton. I’m not sure that his endorsement will do much to change her support base. Many of his allegations regarding Hillary are still true.
Free tuition is definitely something that college students and their families would support. College cost is rising about as fast as health care costs. The question would be whether the federal government would set a certain dollar amount and pay that uniformly or whether they would pay what each college charged. This could turn out to make socialized health care seem cheap by comparison.
Christopher S. O'Rourke says
All of the Bernie Sanders are now going to support Donald J. Trump-Republican, Gary Johnson-Libertarian, Jill Stein-Green party & John Cassel-Constitution party. Bernie Sanders endorsing that damned POS white trash [email protected]&CH Hitlery Killery ROTTON Ayatollah Khoemeni Clinton was threatened and bullied by that other POS white trash racist, Facist, egotist, liar, cheater, vote & election former Figurehead
Sleazeball, draft dodger Bill Clinton. Those damned POS white trash Clinton’s can do anything they damned well please, they are exempt from the law. The only way that damned POS white trash [email protected]&CH Hitlery Killery ROTTON Ayatollah Khoemeni Clinton will be elected is by vote fraud and the damned, worthless,cause less, coward, whinny, coddled brat, NON VOTERS who do 98% of the complaining in public that have never, ever voted at all for NO REASON, and all of the NON VOTERS will never vote at all for NO REASON, but will go right on constantly complaining and finger pointing at the political corruption when they are th main cause of it. NON VOTERS ARE THE CLINTONS BEST FRIENDS.
Harold B. Gross says
SANDERS, YOU ARE A COMPLETE ” PHONEY”. You tell all your 13 Million donators and loyal followers that CLINTON is BOUGHT & PAID FOR BY WALL STREET , THE BIG BANKS, etc. and now you will endorse her.
SHAME ON YOU! You owe us all a HUGE APOLOGY!
Semper Fi says
The guy knows she is a liar and a cheat and responsible for four American deaths,But will endorse her.What an idiot,But that is what lib disease does to you
Stephen Russell says
& he championed to be an “outsider” OK revive 1968 Dem Convention in Chicago X 100 for this year
Dems use & abuse voters, lie & cheat & WE suffer.
See Civil Rights since 1964.
Dems were on the hoses Then & with the KKK.
Dems DONT care.
Bernie has NO cred.
Just puppet in DNC Game.
BS since Day 1?
El Tejas says
No doubt Bernie has hopes that at least some of his ideas and policies will be worked into the Democrat platform if he can work a deal with Hillary. This may mollify some of his supporters and swing them to Hillary. However. there are those that only supported him in the first place as a protest against and an alternative to Hillary. They are not likely to be swayed by Bernie’s indorsement of her. And there are those still angry at how she manipulated the nomination process. Many in this latter group have indicated that if Hillary secures the nomination that they will either vote for Trump or not vote at all. There is also a large contingent of people (both democrats and republicans) that proclaim they will never vote for either Hillary or Trump. These people say that they will stay home and not vote at all or write in someone like Mickey the Mouse. Unfortunately, a low qualified voter turnout coupled with nonsense write ins will give Hillary the edge in the electoral college and secure the Presidency for her. The best option for those who object to both Hillary and Trump would be to get behind a third party candidate like the libertarians. Enough vote pulled away from both the Democrats and Republicans may prevent either gaining the required number of votes that they need in the electoral college. It should be noted that this strategy will not work if there are not enough votes pulled from both of the major parties.