WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders will appear at a rally with Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, where he is widely expected to endorse her as the Democratic candidate for president.
“U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday will join Hillary Clinton for a campaign event at Portsmouth High School to discuss their commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top,” said the brief statement Monday from the Sanders presidential campaign.
New Hampshire is the state where Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, overwhelmingly defeated Clinton in the February presidential primary and launched what turned out to be a credible challenge to her front-runner status in the Democratic primary race.
Clinton has secured enough delegates to win the nomination at the Philadelphia convention later this month, but Sanders has yet to concede. The language of his announcement and the venue suggest he is going to endorse her at the event, as a number of media outlets have reported.
Sanders scored major wins in the debate over the platform, particularly on a proposal to set the minimum wage at $15 an hour; Clinton had favored $12. Notably, however, Clinton’s delegates to the Platform Committee defeated bids by Sanders’ delegates to include language that for the first time would describe Israel’s presence in the West Bank as an “occupation” detrimental to Palestinians.
Sanders is the first Jewish candidate to win major party nominating contests.