Senator Bernie Sanders expressed a strong and full support for Hillary Clinton during his speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia on Monday night.
According to him, the United States needs a leadership that will improve the lives of working families, the children, the elderly, the sick, and the poor. We need a leadership that brings our people together and stronger—not a leadership that insults and divide us up.
Sanders said, “By these measures, any objective observer will conclude that – based on her ideas and her leadership – Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close.”
Clinton understands the needs of Americans
The Senator emphasized that Clinton understands the needs of Americans including the need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage and to create millions of new jobs by rebuilding the crumbling infrastructure of the country.
In contrast, Sanders emphasized that Donald Trump does not support raising the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, which the Senator described as starvation wage. He also noted that the Republican presidential nominee believes in huge tax breaks for billionaires.
Sanders also pointed out the Clinton will nominate justices to the Supreme Court, who are prepared to overturn the Citizens United and to end the movement towards oligarchy in the country, defend the rights women, workers, LGBT community, and the needs of minorities and immigrants as well as the government’s ability to protect the environment.
The Senator added that Clinton wants to see all Americans have the right to choose a public option in their healthcare exchange, anyone 55 years or older should be able to opt in to Medicare, and more Americans gain access to primary health care, dental care, mental health counselling, and low-cost prescription drugs.
Sanders also pointed out in his speech that he worked with Clinton on a proposal to revolutionize higher education in the United States. Their proposal will ensure that the children of any family in the country with an annual income of $125,000 or less (83% of the population) will be able to go to a public college or university tuition free.
Sanders is proud to stand with Clinton
Furthermore, Sanders emphasized that he is happy because his campaign worked together with Clinton’s campaign in producing the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.
According to him, some of the strong provisions of the platform included calls for breaking up the major financial institutions in Wall Street, the passage of the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act, and calls for strong opposition to job-killing free trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Sanders vowed to do everything he can to ensure the implementation of the platform by a Democratic Senate, Democratic House, and a Hillary Clinton presidency.
“I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I remember her as a great first lady who broke precedent in terms of the role that a first lady was supposed to play as she helped lead the fight for universal health care. I served with her in the United States Senate and know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of children,” said Sanders.
He concluded his speech with the statement, “Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight.”