Monday 22 January 2018

Sanders to join up with Clinton and endorse her to defeat Trump

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

Elizabeth Titus and Arit John in New York

Senator Bernie Sanders will join presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at an event in New Hampshire today, their campaigns have said.

Sanders made his most pro-Clinton comments to date on Thursday, signalling a formal endorsement of his primary rival was imminent.

"We have got to do everything that we can to defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton," he said in a taping for PBS's 'Charlie Rose' programme.

Clinton (right) and Sanders will "discuss their commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top", at Portsmouth High School, according to the two campaigns.

An endorsement event in the state where Clinton and Barack Obama held their first joint rally in 2008 has been under discussion by the two campaigns, a person familiar with the planning said last week.

Sanders has been working to influence the party's agenda since Clinton clinched the nomination last month. In recent weeks, Clinton has offered plans on healthcare and college affordability that Sanders praised.

The event announcement follows a weekend of intense debate among Democratic Party activists in Orlando, Florida, about the final draft of the 2016 platform - a non-binding document that will be presented at the party's convention in Philadelphia later this month.

An earlier draft hit Wall Street hard in a reflection of Sanders' increased influence on the party. On Saturday, Democrats approved stricter 'financial crime' language in the final platform draft.

About half of Sanders' primary supporters said they'll back Clinton in the general election against Trump, according to a Bloomberg Politics national poll conducted last month.

Meanwhile, NBC reported that the anti-Trump forces within the Republican party have unleashed a back-up plan in case their efforts to deny the controversial billionaire the nomination fail: Give delegates in Cleveland the power to chose his vice president.

It's a roll of the dice, with the idea being that if can't deny Trump the nomination, then at least they can effect one major concession.

The proposal is being distributed by the executive director of the group 'Free the Delegates', Regina Thomson, and it would change 'rule 40' - a party bylaw that guides how delegates choose the nomination of both the president and vice president. The anti-Trump rebels' proposals would give delegates the power to have a say in Trump's running mate.

"It would make it so that it would be more clear and easier for the convention body to assert itself in making the nomination," said a delegate on the rules committee sympathetic to the anti-Trump effort.

The nominee's running mate is still technically decided by an independent delegate vote and delegates have no obligation to support the nominee's choice.

That scenario has recent precedent. When Senator John McCain seriously considered then Senator Joe Lieberman as a running mate in 2008, many delegates viewed Lieberman's abortion record as so unacceptable, they threatened to vote him down in a floor fight if nominated.

Irish Independent

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