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AP Source: Clinton, Sanders discussing endorsement event

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives to speak on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

WASHINGTON >> 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.”

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        • I doubt there’s many demos that actually think Hillary isn’t corrupt, but they’re so fearful of Trump they’re activating their blind eyes.

        • Why bring Trump into this. Every time Hillary’s character is questioned the blind deflect to Trump.

  • Senator Sanders already said that his single focus is to make sure that Mr. Trump’s loss is as lopsided as possible. The goal is to make the loss deeply embarrassing to the point that Mr. Trump disappears forever as a political figure.

    Great goal!

    • Obviously you are not particular with whom you support for POTUS. Today, again, it was confirmed that she lied.
      A referral of perjury was placed with the FBI based on her testimony under oath to Congress. It will never stop. Drip, drip, drip.

      FYI I have taken the liberty of defining the word lie.
      Lie –
      1. fib, fabricate, invent, misrepresent, falsify, tell a lie, prevaricate, perjure, not tell the truth, equivocate, dissimulate, etc.
      It sure sounds like you candidate.

      • So what are you going to dolespark? If you don’t accept lying, well then you obviously cannot vote for the Donald who is the number one liar during this campaign season. So who are you going to vote for? Johnson? Jill?

        • Why do you Hilliary supporters deflect to Trump? I can vote for anyone I choose. The subject of the article is the endorsement event. What does Trump have to do with that. It’s not his problem if Bernie doesn’t want to be seen with her. She is toxic.

    • DEVELOPING: The State Department is reopening an internal investigation of possible mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and top aides.
      Oops.

    • Klastri, Hilliary has a big lead in the polls. She is going to win in a landslide. She is going to crush Trump into oblivion. She has big leads in every state. Might be a whitewater.

  • Great news. Bernie is shelving his ego. If he’s as good a leader as he claims to be, he’ll convince his followers to support Clinton.

  • I really like the free college tuition except for the wealthy. Way to go guts! Now, just add a public option to the health care law, and we’re all set!

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