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Bernie Sanders endorses Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, says 'she must become our next president'

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -
    
Bernie Sanders says Hillary Clinton must become the next president because she can take on issues like income inequality, climate change and student debt.
    
During his endorsement of Clinton in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Sanders said his campaign was about people who are "left out and left behind." He says Clinton is prepared to fight to raise the minimum wage, create jobs, expand access to health care and address climate change.
    
Sanders also said Trump does not share those values. He said Trump would not hike the current minimum wage and would appoint Supreme Court justices that would threaten civil liberties and equal rights.
    
Sanders has avoided endorsing Clinton for weeks. But he said Tuesday that he was pleased by the updates to the official party platform made over the weekend, which he called the most progressive in history. He said he would work to make sure the party follows through.
    
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11:35 a.m.
    
Donald Trump's campaign says Bernie Sanders "is now officially part of a rigged system."
    
Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller says in a statement released during Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton Tuesday that the Vermont senator is "endorsing one of the most pro-war, pro-Wall Street, and pro-off-shoring candidates in the history of the Democratic Party."
    
He says, "The candidate who ran against special interests is endorsing the candidate who embodies special interests."
    
Trump has also been taunting Sanders on Twitter, suggesting that he has sold out his supporters.
    
Trump's campaign is trying to woo disgruntled Sanders supporters opposed to Clinton.
    
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11:28 a.m.
    
Bernie Sanders is at last endorsing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president.
    
The Vermont senator stood side-by-side with Clinton in Portsmouth, N.H., Tuesday. He pledged that his "political revolution" would continue. But he acknowledged that she, and not he, had won the delegates to snag the nomination. That has been true for weeks, and Democrats have not-so-quietly been angling for him to drop out and endorse the former secretary of state.
    
Sanders promised to work to help Clinton win in November, calling her "far and away the best candidate" to confront challenges facing the country.
    
Republican Donald Trump has been trying to draw Sanders supporters to his campaign.
    
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10:27 a.m.
    
Donald Trump is going after Bernie Sanders for his expected endorsement of former Democratic primary rival Hillary Clinton.
    
Sanders, said Trump in a tweet, has "totally sold out to Crooked Hillary Clinton."
    
"Fans angry!" he added.
    
For weeks, Trump has been trying to woo Sanders backers frustrated with Washington politics by stressing his outsider candidacy.
    
Sanders has vowed to do everything he can to defeat Trump in November. Recent polling suggests that 85 percent of his supporters have said they plan to back Clinton.
    
The two are scheduled to hold the first joint campaign appearance in Portsmouth, N.H. on Tuesday.
    
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10:23 a.m.
    
Hillary Clinton's campaign is topping off her presidential nomination with an event on Independence Mall in Philadelphia the day after the Democratic National Convention ends.
    
Clinton's campaign has been issued a permit from the National Park Service for a public assembly on July 29, according to a park service schedule of events during the week of the convention. The permit includes a stretch of park near the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
    
The location can host sizable crowds: Pope Francis delivered a speech on religious freedom and immigration in front of about 40,000 people at Independence Hall during his Philadelphia visit in September.
    
The convention is July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Center.

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