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Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton (cnn.com) 644

It's official. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday endorsed former presidential rival Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee ahead of the party's July convention. Sanders said Clinton will make an outstanding president and that he is proud to stand with her. "Hillary Clinton understands that if someone in America works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty," Sanders added. CNN reports: "I have come here to make it as clear as possible why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president," Sanders said at a joint rally here. "Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nomination and I congratulate her for that." The 74-year-old self-described democratic socialist, who has been a thorn in Clinton's side over the last year, pledged his support to his former rival: "I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States." Clinton, speaking after Sanders, declared: "We are joining forces to defeat Donald Trump!" "I can't help but say how much more enjoyable this election is going to be when we are on the same side," she said. "You know what? We are stronger together!" Full remarks of Sanders can be found on this blog post.
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Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton

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  • Sigh. (Score:5, Informative)

    by jeffb (2.718) ( 1189693 ) on Tuesday July 12, 2016 @11:47AM (#52497549)

    Sorry, I know you hate people who put content in the subject, and I know we're looking for insightful commentary here, but... that's just all I've got at this point.

  • "I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States." Clinton, speaking after Sanders, declared: "We are joining forces to defeat Donald Trump!"

    If not for Trump, Sanders would still be opposing Hillary?

  • by Zontar_Thing_From_Ve ( 949321 ) on Tuesday July 12, 2016 @11:53AM (#52497637)
    I've got some cousins who are pretty hard core Sanders supporters who believe all the nut job stuff going around in the supporters' circle for Sanders. For example, did you know that Sanders apparently won California and possibly almost every other state yet was denied victory by cheating conspirators aligned with Clinton who simply threw out votes for Sanders? Yeah, me either. But my cousins buy this one hook, line and sinker. Another thing going around among his supporters is the idea that nothing will ever change if they vote for Clinton or Trump so to make a point a large number of them are threatening to sit out the election. Of course if this happens, it may just simply make Trump the president as despite some vocal anti-Trump stands by various people, the reality is that Republican voters are going to suck it up and vote for him in the fall no matter what. If enough Sanders supporters refuse to vote, it could be very bad for Clinton. We'll see if this endorsement does anything to stop his supporters from sitting out the November election.
    • So some Sander supporters believe in conspiracies? So what? Some Clinton supporters believe she is not corrupt at all and that all the negative attitudes about her are only a result of right wing propaganda. That doesn't mean all Clinton supporters are this naive. Plenty of Clinton supporters realize exactly how bad she is, but think we need a powerful, vindictive, morally corrupt Washington insider to lead the fight against the republicans, employing unafraid to use whatever dirty tricks are most apt a

  • This is like the Bush v. Gore but I am not sure which is the lesser of two evils now :(
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      Sure. Gore didn't start any wars from 2000-2008 when he wasn't president, therefore he wouldn't have started any if he was... Makes sense. Also, is it fair to say that 9/11 wouldn't have happened if he was president? And even it did, I'm sure he would have shown as much restraint in using military force as his democratic predecessors (i.e. some). And even if he didn't maybe he wouldn't have invaded the wrong country.

      I think it is very possible that had we elected Gore, some different terrible shit woul

      • by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Tuesday July 12, 2016 @12:45PM (#52498199) Journal

        Sure. Gore didn't start any wars from 2000-2008 when he wasn't president, therefore he wouldn't have started any if he was... Makes sense. Also, is it fair to say that 9/11 wouldn't have happened if he was president? And even it did, I'm sure he would have shown as much restraint in using military force as his democratic predecessors

        Let's assume that under Gore 9/11 still would have happened. The biggest problem in Bush's response was the horrible incompetence he showed. Part of that was his advisors fault (both their poor ideas and their arrogance), and after four years, with more experience, Bush did improve, but Gore already had quite a bit of experience in 2001, and it's unlikely he would have tried to colonize two countries as a result.

        I'll give you an example that clearly shows Bush's incompetence. After 9/11, basically every country in the world supported America, and there was a lot of good will. Within a month, Bush had turned that around and nearly every country in the world was protesting the actions of America, even some of our strong allies. He failed to build on the good will, and turned it into opposition.

        For a comparison, consider the actions of Bush Senior in Iraq.......the middle east was horribly divided, yet with careful diplomacy he managed to get every country in the region to accept if not actively aid in the Iraq invasion. The exact opposite of his son.

        Now, arguably Gore might not have been as good as Bush Senior, but if you look at presidential skill as a bell curve, then Bush Junior was clearly two standard deviations below the average, and it's unlikely that Gore would have also been that bad.

      • Sure. Gore didn't start any wars from 2000-2008 when he wasn't president, therefore he wouldn't have started any if he was... Makes sense.

        He might have started some wars in the way that Obama did Libya, some bombing and maybe some special forces but nothing major.

        Iraq was a determined project by Bush and the neo-conservatives that surrounded him. That does not happen with a Democratic president.

        Also, is it fair to say that 9/11 wouldn't have happened if he was president?

        Very dubious, and even if 9/11 was a consequence of Bush's incompetence it's hard to reliably prevent one-off events.

        I think it is very possible that had we elected Gore, some different terrible shit would have happened, and there'd be people saying, "who is the lesser of 2 evils now" (having no idea what would have happened under Bush).

        I think this underestimates just how awful a thing the Iraq war was.

        We're looking at at least 250k deaths.

        Trillions of dollars.

        A huge r

  • Duh (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Xenographic ( 557057 ) on Tuesday July 12, 2016 @11:55AM (#52497657) Journal

    Why bother reporting this? It's not even news. We've known all along that he'd get pressured into it.

    I'm sure he just loves endorsing the one who pulled so many dirty tricks against his campaign...

    I'm not voting for her or Trump. I'd rather write in my dog.

  • I would too if I were him.
  • by blockhouse ( 42351 ) on Tuesday July 12, 2016 @11:56AM (#52497663)

    Trump is of course utterly unacceptable, and the Democratic Party has shown itself to be controlled by an unaccountable politburo that fixed the nomination. I wont be a part of either of these criminals' rise to power.

    Im moving on from Feeling the Bern to Feeling the Johnson.

    • So long as your Johnson isn't feeling the Bern. Go see a doctor if it does.
    • by kqs ( 1038910 )

      Democratic Party has shown itself to be controlled by an unaccountable politburo that fixed the nomination

      The democratic party isn't organized enough to fix a pie-eating contest, much less 50+ primaries.

      The primary results were generally very close to the pre-primary polls. The polls were done by many different groups.

      I can see that you don't like the results of the primaries, but blaming it on corruption says much more about you than anything else.

  • ...as if millions of progressives suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

  • some are outraged that Sanders has decided to endorse her, but it bears remembering: Al gore once campaigned on the open rejection of the policy that US GDP will increase by 30% in the wake of americas addiction to overconsumption of carbon-heavy resources. A few months later, once appointed to the winning candidates office, he approved a massive trade agreement with china.

    I suspect sanders sees the writing on the walls. Its not relevant anymore what elected leaders are told to do by the gilded elite.
  • Sanders was an outsider taking on the elites and the political establishment. Hillary is the establishment, she is the perennial insider candidate. It will be interesting to see how many of Sanders supporters stay true to their ideals and refuse to vote for the women they spent months campaigning against. /do Bernie Sanders fans care about corruption?

  • Yay, hypocrisy. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ScentCone ( 795499 ) on Tuesday July 12, 2016 @12:21PM (#52497969)
    What happened to "she's not fit" for the office? In the time since he said that about her, she's been shown to have been either wildly incompetent or ever more deceitful in her relationship with both her job and her supporters. What's she got on you, Bernie?
    • Re:Yay, hypocrisy. (Score:4, Insightful)

      by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Tuesday July 12, 2016 @01:24PM (#52498505) Journal

      What happened to "she's not fit" for the office?

      She was cleared from indictment in the emails case. Note that this endorsement came shortly after that announcement.
      That was Sanders' last chance for the nomination. At this point, an endorsement is just saying "I like her better than Trump" which is not an unreasonable position for Sanders to hold, and is not inconsistent with "She's not fit."

    • by T.E.D. ( 34228 )

      What happened to "she's not fit" for the office?

      Yes, its almost as if he was just saying stuff he didn't really believe about an opponent to get himself elected, when the only real difference he had with her was political. Like he's a politician or something.

    • What happened to "she's not fit" for the office?

      He didn't recant on that. The well crafted page implies it's the lesser of two evils.

      What's she got on you, Bernie?

      The nomination for the Democratic National Committee?

  • by DougDot ( 966387 ) <dougr@parrot-farm.net> on Tuesday July 12, 2016 @01:23PM (#52498501) Homepage

    Our country's two-party system gave us the following two choices to be the next President of the United States: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
    Does anybody else see a problem here?

    But credit where credit due: the 350 or so million dumbed-down 'Murikuns will get one of them come November 8. And they will have earned the right.

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