On Tuesday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders officially endorsed his political rival former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Primary contest to be President of the United States. The rally, held at Portsmouth High School in New Hampshire, confirms that that Mrs. Clinton has an unobstructed road to secure the Democratic party nomination.

News of Mr. Sanders’s endorsement of Mrs. Clinton follows developments that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will not charge her for any alleged criminal activities stemming from her handling of classified government information on a private email server.

Mr. Sanders said today that, “I have come here to make it as clear as possible why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.”

Speaking on the end to their rivalry he insisted, "This campaign is not really about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face.”

“We are stronger when we have each others’ backs. That’s why we will fight to secure universal health care, raise the minimum wage, and protect Americans’ fundamental right to vote — not corporations’ right to buy elections,” Mrs. Clinton said.

She maintained, “We are joining forces to defeat Donald Trump!”

In a tweet that went out today, Sanders thanked his supporters: “Thank you to the 13 million Americans who voted for me and the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who worked so hard on our campaign.”

Speaking on the Sanders campaign, Mrs. Clinton said, "Senator Sanders has brought people off the sidelines and into the political process. He has energized and inspired a generation of young people who care deeply about our country.”

According to the New York Times, an anonymous source claimed that some high-ranking Democrats said that Mr. Sanders “could become chairman of the committee that will work on trying to carry out a proposed $15 federal minimum wage.”

The specifics of the extent Mr. Sanders’ contribution and role in the Mrs. Clinton’s campaign are not fully known. Nonetheless, Mr. Sanders declared, "I'm going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump."

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (L) and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton

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