Obama calls on Democrats to unify behind Clinton

- President Barack Obama is announcing his formal endorsement of Hillary Clinton.  

In an online video (see below), Obama calls on Democrats to unify behind his former secretary of state's bid and "build on the progress" of his eight years 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.

The president made clear he would no longer stand on the sidelines, even as Vermont Sen. Sanders vows to stick out the race at least through the final primary in Washington, D.C., next Tuesday.  

The Clinton campaign separately announced that she and Obama would campaign together June 15 in Green Bay. Clinton tweeted that she's "fired up." 

The video was released shortly after Obama met in the Oval Office with Sanders.   A spokesman for Bernie Sanders says the Vermont senator had a "wide-ranging discussion" with President 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 hour-long meeting.  The meeting with Obama was private, according to the White House. 

Sanders afterward struck a conciliatory tone, saying he plans to meet soon with Clinton to discuss how they can “work together to defeat Donald Trump.”

Sanders was meeting later Thursday with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada and his successor, Charles Schumer of New York. Sanders was also meeting with Vice President Joe Biden at the Naval Observatory later in the day.


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