Obama calls on Democrats to unify behind Clinton


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is announcing his formal endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

In an online video, Obama calls on Democrats to unify behind his former secretary of state’s bid and “build on the progress” of his eight terms in the White House.

“I want you to be the first to know that I’m with her,” he says.

Obama is also praising Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders for engaging young voters and highlighting the issues of income inequality and money in politics. “Embracing that message is going to help us win in November,” says Obama.

Clinton and Obama will campaign together in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on June 15.

A spokesman for Sanders says the Vermont senator had a “wide-ranging discussion” with Obama about issues facing working families and ways to “create an economy that works for all people,” not just the wealthy.

Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs says that Sanders requested the meeting with Obama because he was “interested in his input.” Briggs says Sanders considers Obama to be “one of the smartest people he knows” and was happy to receive his counsel during the hourlong meeting.

Sanders was meeting later Thursday with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Charles Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate. Sanders was also meeting with Vice President Joe Biden at the Naval Observatory later in the day.

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