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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton

It’s official! Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will appear together at a rally starting late Tuesday morning in Portsmouth, N.H.
AND many say that during that rally Sanders will officially endorse Clinton’s candidacy for President.
A statement released by both Sanders and Clinton campaigns says the two will join 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.”
House Democrats last Wednesday had booed Sanders for not shutting up and not yet endorsing Clinton. In essence Sanders said he would not budge and said that his position was not about winning an election but rather about transforming the country.
In the days since then Clinton announced her position on in two sets of issues which largely aligned her with Sanders.
And, the Democratic Platform Committee, meeting Friday and Saturday, approved a number of positions largely agreed upon by Sanders.
Clinton last Wednesday endorsed a program providing free education at public colleges and universities to students from families earning $125,000 a year or less. Her program also provide substantial relief for student debt.
Clinton later in the week proposed increasing federal money for community health centers. Her campaign said the proposal is part of her plan to provide universal health care coverage in the United States. Also she is reaffirming her support for a public-option insurance plan and for expanding Medicaid by letting people age 55 year and older opt in.
Sanders Saturday said, “I think it’s fair to say that the Clinton campaign and I, our campaign, are coming closer and closer together.”
Late Friday the Platform Committee agreed to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour over time and then index it for inflation.
The committee also agreed to:
• Abolish the death penalty
• Endorse more banking regulation along the lines of what Sanders recommends
• Approve an amendment focused on criminal justice reform which calls for an investigation by the Department of Justice to investigate all shootings involving police officers.
• “Because of conflicting laws concerning marijuana, both on the federal and state levels, encourage the federal government to remove marijuana from its list as a Class 1 Federal Controlled Substance, providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization.”
It was regarding environmental issues that Sanders saw some gains and one major loss.
The Platform Committee agree to fight for a price on carbon, methane and other greenhouse gases and to inest in renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. To apply the formula was used to evaluate and ultimately oppose the Keystone XL pipeline to all future fossil fuel pipeline projects. Federal decision making should look at the proposal’s impact on the climate.
The committee, however, did not agree to ban fracking, as Sanders recommends. Their plan, however, significantly limits fracking by forcing companies to disclose the chemicals they pump into the ground, eliminating the Halliburton Loophole. States and localities will be allowed to ban fracking.
Sanders Sunday stated, “We have made enormous strides . . . Thanks to the millions of people across the country who got involved in the political process — many for the first time — we now have the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.”
What remains to be seen is the exact nature of Sanders’s endorsement. And the Sanders campaign so far has made no commitments for appearances with or in behalf of Clinton.
In any case, his march toward a revolution continues.
H.E.
To see our previous story, click HERE.

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