Clinton: My campaign will start reaching out to Sanders supporters

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Hillary Clinton spoke with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff, one day after officially clinching the Democratic nomination. Clinton described the enthusiasm of her voter base and talked about how her campaign will reach out to disappointed Sanders supporters. Video by PBS NewsHour

Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that her campaign will start “reaching out” to Bernie Sanders supporters to unite the Democratic Party after their bruising primary battle.

“Everyone is focused on bringing the party together,” Clinton said in an interview with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff, one day after officially clinching the Democratic nomination by winning four states on Tuesday night, including New Jersey and California.

Voters “who supported Senator Sanders have much more in common with me than” with Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, Clinton added.

Clinton said she spoke with Sanders by phone on Tuesday and noted that the Vermont senator was scheduled to speak with President Obama at the White House on Thursday.

“We will have an opportunity to discuss in greater detail in the days ahead how best” to bring disappointed Sanders supporters on board, Clinton said.

Reconciling with Sanders won’t be easy, however. At a rally in California late Tuesday night Sanders promised to stay in the race all the way to the Democratic convention next month.


Watch the our full interview with Hillary Clinton.

Clinton is eager to make peace with Sanders as she pivots to her general election matchup with Trump. The real estate mogul pushed his remaining rivals out of the Republican primaries last month and has been attacking Clinton full-force for the past several weeks.

Trump “represents a great threat to our society and to our economy,” Clinton said in the PBS NewsHour interview, adding that the controversial real estate mogul was not “temperamentally fit” to be president.

“He has a lot of challenges in overcoming the words and deeds that he’s already used in this campaign,” Clinton said.

The interview comes as Clinton prepares to hit the campaign trail for the first time as the presumptive nominee. Clinton is scheduled to travel to Pennsylvania and Ohio next week, two key swing states that could help decide the general election.

Clinton sailed to victory last night, carrying four states, including California, in the final Super Tuesday contests. Clinton marked her historic victory with a speech. Video by PBS NewsHour

Clinton led Trump 44 to 39 percent in Ohio in a recent CBS News/YouGov poll, which was taken last month before Clinton became the presumptive nominee.

President Obama won the Buckeye State by five points in 2008 and two points in 2012. The winner of Ohio has captured the White House in every presidential election since 1964.

In Pennsylvania, Clinton and Trump were tied at 44 percent in a Public Policy Polling survey taken last week. Clinton had been leading Trump in head-to-head matchups in the state as recently as last month, before Trump closed the gap after becoming the presumptive GOP nominee.

Pennsylvania is also a bellwether in presidential elections, though the winner hasn’t always gone on to become president. Former Vice President Al Gore and Secretary of State John Kerry won the state in 2000 and 2004, respectively, before losing the general election to George W. Bush.

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