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Jul 7, 2016 10:44 AM

Hillary Clinton returns to NH next week; No official word yet if Sanders will join her

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD –Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will return to New Hampshire on Tuesday, July 12.

The visit to the crucial presidential battleground state will be the first for Clinton since the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary on February 9.

While there was no official word from the Clinton campaign Thursday on whether the candidate would be joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, her rival for the Democratic nomination, sources said it was likely.

A statement from Clinton's campaign in New Hampshire simply said "Hillary Clinton will return to New Hampshire on Tuesday, July 12 to discuss her commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. Additional details about this event will be released soon."

Sources close to the negotiations between the Clinton and Sanders campaigns told NH1 News on Thursday afternoon that "it's likely" Sanders would endorse Clinton on Tuesday in the Granite State. That event could take place the at University of New Hampshire in Durham. The sources asked to remain anonymous, so they could speak more freely.

Sanders confirmed the possibility of an endorsement in an interview Wednesday night on MSNBC. Asked if he was not denying a report that “there are talks about a possible endorsement,” Sanders answered “that’s correct.”

The joint-appearance in the crucial battleground state of New Hampshire hinges on what’s in the Democratic Party’s platform, which is being finalized this Friday and Saturday at a meeting in Orlando, Florida, ahead of the party’s national convention in Philadelphia later this month.

Sanders has been seeking concessions from Clinton on a number of big ticket items in the party platform. Last week, an initial draft of the platform included an endorsement of a $15 per hour minimum wage, which Sanders has advocated. On Wednesday, Clinton rolled out another proposal that Sander’s has pushed: a plan to make tuition-free at in-state public colleges and universities to help tackle the rising costs of higher education and reduce the burden of student loan debt.

Sanders is also calling for concessions on health care and a provision to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership international trade deal.

Unity in NH 8 years ago

There's a Granite State precedent for a healing of Democratic presidential primary wounds.

In late June of 2008, then Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Clinton of New York held a joint appearance in the small town of Unity, New Hampshire to bury the hatchet after an historic and at times bitter battle for the Democratic presidential nomination. At the event, Clinton formally endorsed Obama for the White house.

New Hampshire is one of around a dozen battleground or swing states, that are up for grabs in November’s general election. Sanders soundly defeated Clinton in the state’s first-in-the-nation primary, which was held this year on February 9. The senator from neighboring Vermont topped Clinton by 22 percentage points.

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump's made two stops in New Hampshire since easily winning the GOP primary in February. Trump gave a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on terrorism on June 13, the day after the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Trump returned to the Granite State last Thursday, for a town hall style event with supporters outside the shuttered Osram Sylvania plant in Manchester.

Trump also spoke one-on-one with NH1 News prior to that event.

READ/WATCH: Trump talks 1-on-1 with NH1 News

Responding to Clinton's trip, Republican National Committee spokeswoman Johanna Persing wrote that "on the heels of a scathing FBI report, Hillary Clinton will return to New Hampshire in an attempt to rally a base that dealt her a 22-point loss in the primary. Granite Staters know better than anyone that Hillary Clinton lacks the honesty, judgment, and preparedness to be our next commander-in-chief.”

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