WASHINGTON, United States, Jul 12 – Bernie Sanders will join one-time rival Hillary Clinton for a campaign rally Tuesday in New Hampshire as the presumptive Democratic nominee faces Donald Trump, who has proclaimed himself “the law and order candidate” amid rising gun violence.
With Sanders expected to endorse the former secretary of state’s bid to become the nation’s first female leader, Clinton’s Republican opponent Donald Trump will campaign in Indiana.
His scheduled appearance with Governor Mike Pence is raising speculation that Trump could pick the state’s chief executive as his running mate.
The campaigns of Sanders and Clinton both said Monday that the two will join together at a high school in the city of Portsmouth “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.”
Sanders has yet to endorse his former rival for the Democratic nomination, but he has taken incremental steps over the past month toward embracing her campaign.
The New York Times reported last week that Sanders’s anticipated pledge of support is the result of weeks of talks between the two campaigns aimed at unifying the party.
Clinton clinched enough delegates to secure the nomination in early June, after a yearlong battle with Sanders, a US senator from Vermont.
But the feisty self-described democratic socialist nevertheless has refused to concede defeat to his more moderate rival, although he has said he will vote for Clinton and will do anything to help defeat Trump.
Sanders has been negotiating with the Clinton campaign to ensure that his ideas are part of the party platform presented at the Democratic National Convention later this month, when Clinton is formally nominated.
Party officials met over the weekend in Orlando, Florida to finalize the Democratic platform, which they described as the most ambitious and progressive yet in history.
The party reached agreement on language concerning climate change, health care and raising the minimum wage in America to $15 per hour. But they reportedly failed to reach common ground on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord.