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Jul 11, 2016 8:47 PM

First on NH1 News: Hassan, Shaheen, to join Clinton & Sanders at Portsmouth rally

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – NH1 News has learned that both Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen will be on hand Tuesday at Portsmouth High School when Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders team up for a rally where the Vermont senator will endorse the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Both Hassan and Shaheen, who will each speak at the event, have long supported the former U.S. secretary of state in her bid for the Democratic nomination, and both formally endorsed Clinton last September.

Clinton’s campaign early Monday morning officially announced that Sanders would join Clinton at 11am Tuesday at Portsmouth High School “to discuss their commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top."

The news that the two Democratic candidates would be teaming up after a long and divisive primary battle was reported by NH1 News and other outlets over the weekend.

And the healing of Democratic primary wounds comes eight years after then Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Clinton of New York came to the small town of Unity, New Hampshire to bury the hatchet after their historic nomination showdown.

Word of the joint appearance came after Sanders’s supporters won some key victories Saturday on health care, climate change, and a $15 per hour minimum wage, as the Democratic Party platform was finalized at a major party meeting in Orlando, Florida. Sanders’ supporters were voted down on their bids to include language in the platform rejecting the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal, and to ban fracking.

Kurt Ehrenberg, a top political adviser for Sanders in New Hampshire during the primary campaign and a pledged convention delegate for the senator from Vermont, told NH1 News he expects that Sanders will “say that we ran a great campaign here in New Hampshire, that we accomplished so much in terms of putting forward issues that haven’t been talked about before and electrifying an electorate, particularly younger people and people who’ve been disaffected by the system, and really changing the Democratic Party for the better.”

Asked if he thinks Tuesday’s rally will help heal the wounds between Sanders and Clinton supporters, Ehrenberg said “I think the closer we get to November and the more that we understand the stark contrast between the two candidates, it’s just a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and that choice is going to be very clear to all of us who need to elect, and it certainly isn’t Donald Trump.”

Ehrenberg also told NH1 News that he and his team “were a big part of the planning. We’re working closely together, the two campaigns. They’re more than cordial, and it’s people I’ve known for years that I’m working with to put this event together, and it will be a really successful event.”

Sanders New Hampshire adviser and delegate Kurt Ehrenberg speaks with NH1 News on Monday July 11, 2016

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