Posted: 10:51 pm Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Putting an exclamation point on her second bid for the White House, Hillary Clinton crushed Bernie Sanders in the final primary of 2016 in Washington, D.C., cementing her status as presumptive nominee for President of the Democratic Party.
We just won Washington, D.C.! Grateful to everyone who voted. pic.twitter.com/ImPsK42yGd
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 15, 2016
Just as that was tweeted out, Clinton was sitting down with Sanders at a Washington, D.C. hotel on Tuesday night, just a few blocks from the White House, as Sanders had his own timely post on social media.
We must not allow politicians to divide us by where our family came from, by the color of our skin, our religion or sexual orientation.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 15, 2016
Earlier in the day, Sanders had rubbed shoulders with his Democratic colleagues, as he returned for the regular Tuesday lunch for Senators at the Capitol.
What his colleagues surmised was that Sanders is not going to continue his campaign, but that he might not be ready to endorse Clinton immediately, either.
“I could have heard – you may not want to hear this, but I’m going to continue to march to the convention,” said Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). “He didn’t say that.”
Emerging from their lunch, Democrats felt like Sanders wants to push on certain issues for the Democratic Party platform, and maybe make some rules changes for the Democratic primaries of the future as well.
“He did talk about some issues that he thinks should be dealt with,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD).
“He was very warmly received,” Cardin added, as supporters of Hillary Clinton know they need the help of Sanders.
“He is making a very important point,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), “There are millions of voters who are disenfranchised, and no one listens to.”
The Sanders campaign put out a statement after the meeting, which showed two rivals moving to work together against Donald Trump:
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.