Former Democratic rival Bernie Sanders to endorse Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s campaign has confirmed that her former Democratic rival Bernie Sanders will join her at a New Hampshire event, where he plans to endorse her.

Mrs Clinton’s team is holding the event today at a school in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 

Mr Sanders defeated Mrs Clinton by a wide margin in New Hampshire, in the nation’s first primary. His endorsement will come a month after the final primary. 

Mr Sanders has pushed for policy agreements on higher education, health care and a $15 per hour (€13.60) federal minimum wage.

Some of those policies were included in a draft of the party’s platform in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend. 

Mr Sanders has not yet confirmed he will endorse Mrs Clinton in a battle against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in the autumn, but told reporters on Saturday that the two Democratic campaigns are coming together, and urged them to “stay tuned”.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump was set to deliver a speech on veterans’ issues. 

The address is his latest bid to set out his policy agenda and convince still-reticent Republicans that he has the discipline and control to mount a credible general election bid against Mrs Clinton.

Mr Trump’s 10-point plan, aimed at improving veterans’ care, will include allowing veterans to seek government-funded private medical care. He was expected to say: “We made a promise to these heroes. You defend America, and America will defend you.”

Mr Trump was expected to continue making the case for veterans to use any doctor they choose, including those outside Veterans Affairs centres.


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