Clinton's campaign announced this morning that she will pursue an expansion of funding for primary care services at community health centers by $40 billion over 10 years, and would also allow individuals below the Medicare age to opt into the program, starting at 55 years old.
Bernie Sanders will reportedly appear at a Tuesday rally with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton where he will endorse her as the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, reports WMUR.
An effort to inject language criticizing Israel for "occupation and illegal settlements" in the Democratic Party platform was voted down by Hillary Clinton supporters Saturday as the party's platform drafting committee met in Orlando.
And Clinton's campaign announced her support for a "public option" - a government-run alternative to private health insurance - bringing her closer to Sanders on health care.
"I think it's fair to say the Clinton campaign and I are coming closer and closer together in trying to address the major issues facing this country", Sanders said on Saturday. The amendment said that trade deals "must protect workers and the environment and not undermine access to critically needed prescription drugs".
And if nothing else, Sanders allies say they will use the document to press Clinton to follow through on the promises codified there if she wins the presidency. "If you go through rural America, those of us who voted for Bernie Sanders in a primary - a hell of a lot more than 15 percent of us are going to vote for Trump". His attempt to insert language into the party platform opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was shot down in favor of less specific wording. Barack Obama of IL and Hillary Clinton of NY came to the small town of Unity, New Hampshire to bury the hatchet after their historic nomination showdown.
The numerical advantage held by Clinton based on delegates racked up in primaries and caucuses became clear on issues like Social Security, though.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that an endorsement is imminent, and Sanders is expected to officially throw his support behind Clinton, a former USA secretary of state, at a campaign stop in New Hampshire early next week. At one point in the hours-long debate, Sanders' delegate Nina Turner told the crowd, "I'd like to welcome you to the new Democratic party".
He has indicated that he would hold off on endorsing Clinton for the November 8 general election fight against Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump until she adopted policies and campaign language that more closely resembled his own more liberal tone.
Sanders has avoided endorsing Clinton for weeks as he focused much of his energy on shaping the platform to mirror his liberal campaign, citing his millions of supporters as motivation to keep pushing his agenda.
Cassano said she was disappointed in the defeat on the trade issue, but understood why fellow Democrats voted to kill it. So far, he has won several concessions, including an amendment calling for increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 over time, indexed to inflation, language a previous amendment lacked.
Nelson adds that even though Clinton came out on top, presumably getting the Democratic nomination, she hasn't dismissed Sanders. "This is the most aggressive plan to combat climate change in the history of the Democratic Party", Gunnels continued.
As Democrats arrived in Orlando, compromise between negotiators for Clinton and Sanders seemed elusive.
According to FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver, if Clinton is able to swing Sanders supporters-the majority of whom have come to view her increasingly unfavorably-she will lead Donald Trump by a comfortable margin in national and swing state polls.