Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders rallied supporters in Washington, D.C, just hours after President Barack Obama endorsed his rival, Hillary Clinton. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Democratic presidential candidate rallied supporters in Washington, DC ahead of the final nominating contest in Democratic primary season and just hours after U.S. President Barack Obama formally endorsed Hillary Clinton's White House. "A little bit over a year ago, we began this campaign and what the punditry thought is that the campaign would not go very far, well, here we are in mid June and we are still standing," he said. "Tuesday, in a few days, in Washington you will be having the very last primary of the Democratic nominating process, it would be extraordinary if the people of Washington, our nation's Capitol, stood up and told the world that they are ready to lead this country into a political revolution," Sanders said. ABM's endorsement increases pressure on Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, to bow out of the race and lend his support to Clinton so that the party can focus on defeating Donald Trump, the Republican candidate. Sanders, who galvanized young voters with his calls for more social equality and measures to rein in Wall Street, has been reluctant to concede the race, despite concerns among leading Democrats that continuing party divisions could hamper Clinton's efforts to beat Trump. In what appeared to be an attempt to gently ease Sanders toward giving up his campaign, Obama met the Democratic socialist for about an hour in the White House, laughing warmly as they walked into the Oval Office. Though Sanders told reporters afterward that he still plans to compete in the final nominating contest in Washington, D.C. on June 14, he said he would work with Clinton to defeat Trump. .