U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is expected to endorse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, according to the New York Times.
The endorsement is set to take place next Tuesday at a campaign event in New Hampshire.
“We have got to do everything that we can to defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton,” Sanders said in a Bloomberg interview Thursday. “I don’t honestly know how we would survive four years of a Donald Trump as president.”
According to three Dems who spoke to the NYT on a condition of anonymity, the Sanders endorsement comes after much negotiation between the campaign managers for the two Democratic presidential candidates. While Clinton has moved toward Sanders’ platform on college education, proposing Wednesday to waive in-state tuition costs to students coming from families that earn less than $125,000 annually, there is still a disconnect on the issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Sanders vehemently opposes the 12-nation trade agreement, while Clinton, who has since walked back her support of the proposed deal, previously called the TPP “the gold standard in trade agreements.”
As part of the endorsement deal, Sanders has been trying to get language opposing the TPP inserted into the Democratic Party’s policy platform, but the attempts have not worked thus far. The Sanders camp would also like to see Clinton commit to pushing Congress on adding a public option to the Affordable Care Act. The endorsement would also reportedly cement Sanders as a prominent speaker at the Democratic National Convention.