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Transcript Of Bernie Sanders’ Hillary Clinton Endorsement Stresses Unity

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On Tuesday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed former Secretary of State and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton for president. The transcript of Bernie Sanders' Hillary Clinton endorsement released by the Sanders campaign evidences solidarity in standing against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Sanders gave the endorsement during a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, NBC News reported; Clinton and Sanders last met in person privately in June. Though expected, the endorsement took time to plan: the Los Angeles Times reported that Clinton's recent policy shifts helped her to more closely associate herself with Sanders' platform. Though Sanders said Tuesday that he is committed to helping Clinton win, it's uncertain whether he will become a consistently active campaigner on her behalf.

Currently, Clinton is polling ahead of Trump, according to Pew Research Center; a survey conducted in June had Clinton leading Trump by nine points. Unfortunately, neither candidate is overwhelmingly commanding allegiance: each is only supported "strongly" by 45 percent of voters in their party. With his democratic socialist platform, Sanders earned the support of 13 million voters, The New York Times reported. Though an overwhelming majority of Sanders' supporters (85 percent) said they would vote for Clinton if she became the Democratic nominee, Sanders' endorsement gives Clinton a boost going into the Democratic National Convention in late July.

Sanders began his remarks Tuesday by thanking the primary voters and volunteers who propelled his campaign to unprecedented success. He said that he and his supporters had "begun a political revolution," winning 22 primaries and caucuses and nearly securing 1,900 delegates. He conceded that Clinton officially won the Democratic nomination and promised to do everything possible to ensure she becomes president of the United States.

During his speech, Sanders focused on identifying what he and Clinton have in common. He provided a brief overview of Clinton's approach to strengthening the economy, indicating that Clinton has the potential to elevate people out of poverty while Trump would allow for what Sanders called "a starvation wage" by giving states control of establishing (or eliminating) a minimum wage. He emphasized the importance of this election from a social justice standpoint, asking voters to consider who Trump would nominate for a seat on the Supreme Court. Sanders also spoke about Clinton's approach to making health care affordable and increasing access to treatment for drug addiction. The speech covered many of the core issues of Sanders' campaign: tax reform, student loan debt, climate change, and immigration reform. Ultimately, he said that while he and Clinton sometimes have significantly different opinions, they still share a commitment to a progressive Democratic platform that warrants strong support of Clinton in the general election.

Here is the transcript of Sanders' remarks released by his campaign prior to his speech:

It may take time for many of Sanders' supporters to decide whether they want to vote for Clinton, but Sanders' endorsement may be critical to helping Clinton build momentum leading up to the general election.