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Obama calls on Democrats to unify behind Clinton

5 months 4 weeks 1 day ago June 09, 2016 Jun 9, 2016 Thursday, June 09 2016 June 09, 2016 1:18 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is announcing his formal endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

In an online video, Obama calls on Democrats to unify behind his former secretary of state's bid and "build on the progress" of his eight terms in the White House.

"I want you to be the first to know that I'm with her," he says.

Obama is also praising Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders for engaging young voters and highlighting the issues of income inequality and money in politics. "Embracing that message is going to help us win in November," says Obama.

Clinton and Obama will campaign together in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on June 15.

A spokesman for Bernie Sanders says the Vermont senator had a "wide-ranging discussion" with President Barack Obama about issues facing working families and ways to "create an economy that works for all people," not just the wealthy.

Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs says that Sanders requested the meeting with Obama because he was "interested in his input." Briggs says Sanders considers Obama to be "one of the smartest people he knows" and was happy to receive his counsel during the hourlong meeting.

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