Sanders endorses Biden for President of the United States

Sanders endorses Biden for President of the United States

Senator Bernie Sanders has formally endorsed Joe Biden as the US Democratic Party unifies in the November campaign for the White House in a attempt to take President Donald Trump on.

Sanders, who dropped out of last week's Democratic primary competition leaving Biden as the last remaining candidate, joined the former vice-president on a social media livestream to offer the endorsement.

Sanders called for people to back Biden to "come together."

"We need you in the White House," he told Biden adding that stopping Trump from having a second term was an necessity for the party.

Sanders, a Vermont senator, ran on a ticket pushing for an expansive government takeover of health care that would have given coverage to all citizens in the U.S., along with other progressive proposals that were often dubbed groundbreaking.

Biden is a long-standing party establishment leader who has served as a senator for decades, and served as vice president under former president Barack Obama.

The endorsement is a critical development for Biden, who will have to cross the political gap of the Democratic Party later this year to unify voters against Trump. Throughout the primary, Biden and Sanders, a leading democrat, clashed over policy concerns like the universal health care plan "Medicare for All."

The endorsement compares with the lengthy 2016 battle between Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who became that year's candidate. Sanders supported Clinton, but only after a drawn-out nomination fight was over, and in the middle of a bitter battle over the Democratic platform leading to the summer convention.

Sanders did not directly discuss Monday whether he would continue to fight for delegates at state conventions around the country, or whether he will actually use his newfound partnership with Biden to influence the candidate and the policy slate he would be bringing out to vote.

Appearing in a split screen with Biden, Sanders said there's "no great secret out there that you and I have our differences."

But as a reason for the endorsement, he cited ongoing collaboration between the two sides on many policy matters. And he said defeating Trump was the highest priority.

"We've got to make Trump a one-term president," Sanders said. "I will do all that I can to make that happen."

Image: Former White House hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders (left) has endorsed his onetime rival Joe Biden for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.