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Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden for president

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Biden told his formal rival, 'I'm going to need you — not just to win the campaign — but to govern.'

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Former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday, while calling for unity in an effort to defeat President Donald Trump.

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During a joint livestream event, Sanders — who suspended his campaign less than a week ago — told Biden, "We've got to make Trump a one-term president, and we need you in the White House."

The socialist from Vermont issued a rallying cry, urging voters of all political backgrounds to join him in backing Biden.

"Today I am asking all Americans. I'm asking every Democrat, I'm asking every independent, I'm asking a lot of Republicans to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse," Sanders said, "to make certain that we defeat somebody who I believe, and I'm speaking just for myself now, is the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country."

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Biden thanked Sanders for his endorsement, calling it "a big deal," and saying, "I think people are surprised that we are apart on some issues but we're awfully close on a bunch of others." The former vice president added, "I'm going to need you — not just to win the campaign — but to govern."

Fox News reported that Sanders' announcement "settles speculation on whether and when Sanders would formally back his former primary rival," pointing out that he "notably did not endorse when he suspended his campaign last week."

The day after Sanders suspended his campaign, Biden attempted to woo the socialist's supporters by lurching further left on two planks in his policy platform with proposals to lower the age of eligibility for Medicare to 60 and to forgive a vast amount of college debt.

Sanders further noted during the livestream on Monday that his campaign is already providing direct input on Biden's agenda, saying, "I have been very pleased that your staff and my staff have been working together over the last several weeks to come up with a number of task forces that will look at some of the most important issues facing this country."

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