Hillary Clinton had a positive meeting with Senator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday night. She finished the party’s final primary contest in the District of Columbia (D.C) with a victory. She won 79% compared to 21% of the voters in the state.
Clinton already reached the required number of delegates to seal the nomination of the Democratic Party last week. As the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, she is now focused on uniting the party and had a 90-minuted private meeting with Senator Sanders.
Last week, Senator Sanders promised that he would work with Clinton on strategies to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government that “represents all of us and not just the one percent.”
President Barack Obama already endorsed Clinton to succeed him in the White House. He said, “I know how hard this job can be. That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it. I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She’s got the courage to get the job done.”
Issues discussed by Clinton and Sanders
“Sen. Sanders and Secretary Clinton met in Washington on Tuesday evening and had a positive discussion about how best to bring more people into the political process and about the dangerous threat that Donald Trump poses to our nation,” according to Michael Briggs, the spokesman for the senator.
Briggs added, “Sanders congratulated Secretary Clinton on the campaign she has run and said he appreciated her strong commitment to stopping Trump in the general election.”
Furthermore, Briggs said Clinton and Sanders talk about “substantially raising the minimum wage; real campaign finance reform; making healthcare universal and accessible; making college affordable and reducing student debt.”
Political revolution continues
The Senator is now focused in advancing his policy goals instead of getting the nomination of the Democratic Party. On Thursday night, Sanders is scheduled to release national video address to his supporters. In an email sent to his supporters, Sanders told them that the “political revolution continues.”
During a news conference before his meeting with Clinton, Sanders said he would demand changes to make the nominating process of the Democratic Party more equitable.
Some of his demands include replacing the leadership of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), allowing independents to vote and eliminating super delegates who are unelected and free to support any candidate.
“The time is long overdue for a fundamental transformation of the Democratic Party,” Sanders said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Sanders told Democratic senators that he would bring his message about party reform and progressive values to the national convention.
Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said all of them “should be open to that.” He added, “It’s not a surprise that the American people are skeptical of all of us in political life. And we ought to step back and reassess why, and what we can do about it.”