San­ders vows to work with Clin­ton to de­feat Trump

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

PHILDELPHIA—Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Bernie San­ders said Fri­day in an ad­dress to his sup­port­ers that he will work with Hil­lary Clin­ton to trans­form the Demo­cratic Party, adding that his “po­lit­i­cal revo­lu­tion” must con­tinue and en­sure the de­feat of Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump.

San­ders said in a cap­stone live-stream ad­dress to his po­lit­i­cal fol­low­ers that the ma­jor task they face is to “make cer­tain” Trump is de­feated. The Ver­mont se­na­tor said he plans to be­gin his role in that process “in a very short pe­riod of time.” “But de­feat­ing Don­ald Trump can­not be our only goal. We must con­tinue our grass­roots ef­forts to cre­ate the Amer­ica that we know we can be­come,” San­ders said, point­ing to his 1,900 del­e­gates at the up­com­ing Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia.

San­ders spoke from his Ver­mont home­town a week af­ter Clin­ton se­cured enough pledged del­e­gates and su­perdel­e­gates to be­come the pre­sump­tive nom­i­nee. He did not con­cede the race, nor did he re­fer to Clin­ton as the likely nom­i­nee, in­stead of­fer­ing a lengthy list of pol­icy pro­pos­als he hopes to see ap­proved by the party.

The two ri­vals met Tues­day night at a Wash­ing­ton, D.C., ho­tel to dis­cuss pol­icy goals and fu­ture plans. San­ders said that while it is “no se­cret” that he and Clin­ton have “strong dis­agree­ments on some very im­por­tant is­sues,” it was “also true that our views are quite close on oth­ers.” He said he looked for­ward to ad­di­tional talks be­tween the two cam­paigns to en­sure that his sup­port­ers’ voices are heard and the con­ven­tion adopts “the most pro­gres­sive plat­form” in the party’s his­tory. San­ders said he an­tic­i­pated work­ing with Clin­ton “to trans­form the Demo­cratic Party so that it be­comes a party of work­ing peo­ple and young peo­ple, and not just wealthy cam­paign con­trib­u­tors.”

The speech - which could be San­ders’ fi­nal ad­dress be­fore the sum­mer con­ven­tion - was viewed by more than 200,000 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the cam­paign. It sought to shape his legacy as a one-time “fringe” can­di­date who gen­er­ated a mas­sive fol­low­ing through sprawl­ing ral­lies and threat­ened Clin­ton for the nom­i­na­tion.

Look­ing ahead to the con­ven­tion, San­ders said the party must sup­port a $15-an-hour fed­eral min­i­mum wage, pay eq­uity for women, a ban on the sale and dis­tri­bu­tion of as­sault weapons and a de­feat of the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship trade deal. San­ders thanked his sup­port­ers for pro­vid­ing more than $200 mil­lion in do­na­tions, most in in­cre­ments of $27, and rat­tled off what they had ac­com­plished: 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple who at­tended his ral­lies and town meet­ings and more than 75 mil­lion phone calls from vol­un­teers “urg­ing their fel­low cit­i­zens into ac­tion.”—Agen­cies

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