Sanders’s Lone Senate Supporter Flips To Clinton
Senator Jeff Merkley has long been Bernie Sanders’s lone supporter in the U.S. Senate has said he’s ready to back Hillary Clinton.
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“Certainly, I’m going to be supporting our nominee and our nominee is Secretary Clinton,” Sen. Merkley told CNN.
He also praised Senator Elizabeth Warren, who also endorsed Clinton, and said he believes she would be “a wonderful vice presidential choice.”
From the Hill:
Merkley earlier this week urged Sanders to rethink his campaign and back Clinton to unify the party before the general election, but he hadn’t yet formally endorsed her until Friday.
When Merkley endorsed Sanders in April, he said he was “boldly and fiercely addressing the biggest challenges facing our country.”
Clinton has won a number of big victories this week. She became the presumptive nominee after winning the California primary, and she’s been endorsed by President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Warren.
Sanders, who met with Obama at the White House on Thursday, is continuing his campaign, but has dramatically softened his rhetoric in recent days, leading onlookers to believe he no longer plans to try to contest the Democratic convention in July.