Sanders campaigns for Clinton in NH, VT

Burlington Free Press - September 5, 2016

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LEBANON, N.H. - Sen. Bernie Sanders is urging voters to remember that this election has never been about the people running for office, but about the voters.

Campaigning on behalf of his former rival, Hillary Clinton, on Labor Day, Sanders told a crowd of supporters in Lebanon, New Hampshire, that the election is "about you and your needs and the needs of the American people."

For that reason, he said, Clinton is the best choice.

Later, Sanders brought his message to Middlebury in his home state of Vermont, where he told supporters that "our job is to revitalize American democracy."

Sanders also reiterated his call to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour and to provide health care for all.

His Middlebury appearance also helped mark the one-year anniversary of the Vermont-based group Rights & Democracy.

The New Hampshire appearance, meanwhile, represented a return for Sanders to a state that played a pivotal role in the Democratic primary.

Sanders defeated Clinton in the state's February primary then appeared with Clinton in July in Portsmouth to endorse her in a show of party unity.

Monday, Sanders stopped by the AFL-CIO's annual Labor Day breakfast in Manchester before heading to Lebanon to meet with some of Clinton's volunteers.

Sanders said both he and Clinton want increased funding for sustainable and renewable energy, a higher minimum wage, a Supreme Court nominee who supports overturning Citizens United, and increased infrastructure spending in order to create more jobs.

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