The move comes a month after Hillary Clinton hit the 2,383-delegate threshold needed to clinch the nomination, effectively eliminating Sanders from the race.
“Let me begin by thanking the 13 million Americans who voted for me during the Democratic primaries,” Sanders said in a speech in New Hampshire Tuesday, appearing alongside Clinton. He also thanked his volunteers and grassroots donors. “Together we have begun a political revolution to transform America, and that revolution continues,” he said to applause.
“Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process,” he said. “And I congratulate her for that.
“I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”
Sanders entered the race in May 2015, launching what many considered an extreme long-shot campaign against anticipated frontrunner Hillary Clinton. But over the months, Sanders’ rhetoric about fighting income inequality and inciting a “political revolution” found a welcome audience, especially among young Americans and those dissatisfied with establishment politics. The Vermont senator surprised many political observers with his fundraising success, bringing in a huge number of small-dollar donations, and had an impressive showing during the long, and at times bruising, primary process, winning nearly 1,900 delegates.
But ultimately, Sanders was unable to secure more delegates than Clinton; she ended the primaries leading in both pledged delegates and in superdelegates who have committed to vote for her at the Democratic National Convention in July.
Toward the end of primary season, the Sanders camp had shifted strategy to court superdelegates, pointing to early polls showing Sanders doing better in a head-to-head race against Donald Trump. More recently, the campaign had seemed to accept that Sanders would not win the nomination, focusing instead on supporting candidates in down-ballot races and influencing the Democratic Party platform. And on that front, Sanders found success; his delegates had a hand in crafting what Sanders lauded as “the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party,” finalized over the weekend.
He also succeeded at pushing Clinton to the left on two major policy issues — health care and college affordability — over the past few weeks.
“I have come here today not to talk about the past, but to focus on the future,” Sanders said Tuesday. “I have come here today to make it as clear as possible why I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton, and why she must become our next president.”
He went on, “Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate” to be president, focusing strongly on the nomination of Supreme Court justices, and what they’ll mean “for the future of our country.”Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Watch here for a look back at Sanders’ campaign.