Obama, Sanders stress importance of US Pres. elections

WASHINGTON, June 9 (KUNA) — US President Barack Obama and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders held “friendly” talks at the White House Thursday, discussing future prospects, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.
“Part of that future conversation was about the importance of the upcoming general election,” Earnest said, referring to the forthcoming November 8th vote between presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Obama wants to be succeeded in office “by a president who is committed to building on the remarkable progress that our country has made over the last seven-and-a-half years,” Earnest said, noting “that certainly was an important part of the conversation.” Obama and Sanders also discussed the long-term future of the Democratic Party, and Sanders’ presidential campaign “enjoyed so much success because he was able to inspire a lot of young people, both Democrats and independents, to support his campaign and to be engaged in the political process,” Earnest said.
They also discussed “what work they could potentially do together in the future to ensure that the Democratic Party of the 21st century is diverse, vibrant and inclusive,” he said.
“That has been a long-stated goal of President Obama, and obviously President Obama had his own success in building a coalition that involved a lot of young Americans, and not all Democrats,” he added.
There is a lot of agreement between Obama and Sanders about the highest priorities that the next president will face, Earnest said.
These priorities range from addressing economic inequality and countering the influence of special interests in US politics; issues that Sanders discussed extensively on the campaign trail, Earnest noted.
Earlier, the Clinton campaign announced that Obama will soon appear with her at a campaign event in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a state that Obama won twice.
“I would anticipate that it is only the first of many campaign events between now and November,” Earnest said, referring to Obama’s plans to actively work for the election of Clinton as his successor. (end) rm.ma