In a highly anticipated joint rally in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton watched as Senator Bernie Sanders stood at the podium and said:
Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.
In his speech, Sanders pointed to all the reasons he had decided to endorse Clinton for president. But one quote especially evoked the spirit of America that, in the midst of violence and important questions about the kind of nation we want to be, is often forgotten.
"In these stressful times for our country, this election must be about bringing our people together, not dividing us up," Sanders said to vigorous applause. "We become stronger when black and white, Latino, Asian American, Native American — all of us — stand together. Yes. We become stronger when men and women, young and old, gay and straight, native born and immigrant fight to rid this country of all forms of bigotry."
Sanders' endorsement was a long time coming, considering the quiet petering out of his own campaign and return to the Senate. The overarching theme of the event was one of unity; her latest slogan, "Stronger Together" felt particularly powerful at this rally. The tension between Clinton and Sanders — and their equally passionate supporters — evident in their spirited debates, was, perhaps not resolved, but put aside and the two candidates found common ground to unite the party and its base.