Published: Mon, June 20, 2016
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Sanders Wouldn't End His Campaign, So Obama Just Did It for Him

Two days after Hillary Clinton clinched a majority of pledged delegates in the Democratic primary - and minutes after finishing a peace summit with Bernie Sanders - President Obama endorsed his party's presumptive nominee. “She's got the courage, the compassion, and the heart to get the job done...I have seen her judgment”.

"I don't think there has ever been someone so qualified to hold this office", said Mr. Obama in a video posted on YouTube and Mrs. Clinton's campaign website.

In January, for example, he told Politico's Glenn Thrush that Clinton had many years of experience, which was why she sometimes seemed to receive more criticism than Sanders, who was new to most voters.

The Sanders campaign drew attention after naming several individuals to the Democratic National Committee's drafting committee whose views on the Israel-Palestine conflict may challenge the party's current position.

In another endorsement, former Democratic candidate Martin O'Malley, who dropped out of the race in February, also weighed in behind Mrs. Clinton.

Speaking after his meeting with Obama, Sanders said that he would work with Clinton to defeat Republican hopeful Donald Trump.

"Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders may have been rivals during this primary".

"It was a healthy thing for the Democratic Party to have a contested primary".

Sanders acknowledged a common political enemy, railing against Trump in his brief remarks to reporters Thursday afternoon and saying he'll do everything in his power to prevent Trump's election.

"I am concerned about us doing the hard nuts-and-bolts work of turning out people to vote", Obama said, "particularly young people, particularly low-income people who oftentimes feel forgotten and are still stressed".

Trump tweeted quickly after the video was released that Obama "wants four more years" of his own administration.



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