Published On: Wed, Jul 13th, 2016

Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton

This election is about the thousands of young people I have met throughout this country, who have left college deeply in debt, the many others who cannot afford to go to college, and the need in this country to have the best educated workforce in a highly competitive global economy. Hillary Clinton believes that we must substantially lower student debt, and that we must make public colleges and universities tuition free for the middle-class and working families of this country. This is a major initiative that will revolutionize higher education in this country, and improve the lives of so many of our people.  Think of what it will mean – think of    this – when every child in this country, regardless of the income of his or her family, knows that if they study hard – if they take school seriously, yes, they will be able to get a college education, and leave school without debt.

This election is about climate change, the greatest environmental crisis facing our planet, and a need to leave this world in a way that is healthy and habitable for our children and future generations. Hillary Clinton is listening to the scientists who tell us that if we do not act boldly in the very near future, there will be more drought, more floods, more acidification of the oceans, more rising sea levels.  She understands that we must work with countries around the world in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuel and – away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy, and that when we do that, we can create a whole lot of good paying jobs.  Well, Donald Trump, like most Republicans, sadly and tragically is choosing to reject science.  Something no presidential candidate should ever do.  He believes that climate change is a hoax.  In fact, he wants to expand the use of fossil fuels.  That would be a disaster for our country, and for the entire planet.

This election is about the leadership we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and repair a broken criminal justice system.  It’s about making sure that young people in this country are in good schools, or at good jobs, not in jail cells. Secretary Clinton understands that we do not need to have more people in jail than any other country on Earth, at an expense of $80 billion a year.

In these stressful times for our country, this election must be about bringing our people together, not dividing us up. While Donald Trump is busy insulting Mexicans, and Muslims, and women, and African-Americans, and our veterans, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Yes, we become stronger when black and white, Latino, Asian-American, Native American, all of us stand together.  Yes, we become stronger when men and women, young and old, gay and straight, native-born and immigrant, fight to rid this country of all forms of bigotry.

It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues.  That is what this campaign has been about.  That is what democracy is about. But I am happy to tell you that at the Democratic Platform Committee, which ended Sunday night in Orlando, there was a significant coming together between the two campaigns, and we produced – we produced by far the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party. Our job is to see that platform implemented by a democratically controlled Senate, a democratically controlled House, and a Hillary Clinton presidency. And I intend to be in every corner of this country to make certain that it happens.

I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years.  We were a bit younger then. I remember her as a great First Lady, who broke precedent in terms of the role that a First Lady was supposed to play. And as she helped lead the fight to universal health care, I served with her in the US Senate, and know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of our children.  And I know her, and all of you know her, as one of the most intelligent people that we have ever met.  Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president, and I am proud to stand with her today.  Thank you all very much.”

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