Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett today released the following statement on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton:

“Yesterday in Portsmouth, we saw the strength of our party take center stage when Hillary Clinton was endorsed by her former rival Sen. Bernie Sanders. Throughout this caucus season, we all participated in a frank and sometimes heated exchange of views, but on Tuesday our leaders showed us their commitment to charting a path forward. As we stand against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, we stand up for working families. This nation must create an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.

In recognition of the millions of voices who voted for Sen. Sanders, Hillary Clinton has incorporated many of Sen. Sanders’ proposed initiatives into her own campaign. Our party has passed our most progressive platform in Democratic Party history, one that ensures everyone has a seat at the table. In building our platform, the Clinton and Sanders campaigns found common ground on eliminating college tuition for anyone who can’t afford it. They are also both committed to raising wages, and they both agree that we should impose an exit tax on any company that tries to game the system by moving its headquarters overseas.

Yesterday our party re-committed itself to defeating Donald Trump, who stands against everything both Sanders and Clinton have spent their lives fighting for. Trump pretends to be a populist who cares about working families, but nothing could be further from the truth.  He claims wages are “too high” and has proposed a tax plan that is a giveaway to millionaires and billionaires. He manufactures his clothing line in countries like China, Mexico and Bangladesh. He has bilked veterans and seniors out of their hard-earned money through the scam that was Trump University. He will do nothing to help working families in Maine.”

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