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Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden as a Democratic candidate for the Presidency

After suspending his campaign, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden

Bernie Sanders endorsed his former rival Joe Biden for U.S. president on Monday in a joint online appearance.

"I am asking all Americans, I'm asking every Democrat, I'm asking every independent, I'm asking a lot of Republicans, to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse," Sanders said.

Sanders did not immediately address Monday whether he would continue to fight for delegates at state conventions around the country or whether he'd simply use his new-found alliance with Biden to influence the nominee and the policy slate that he will present voters.

The endorsement stands in contrast to the extended 2016 fight between Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who became the nominee that year. Sanders endorsed Clinton, but only after the end of a drawn-out nominating fight and amid a bitter battle over the Democratic platform that extended to the summer convention.

Sanders and Biden are leading progressive, clashed throughout the primary over policy issues such as universal health care.

Appearing in a split screen with Biden, Sanders said there's "no great secret out there that you and I have our differences."

But he cited ongoing work between the two camps on several policy matters as a reason for the endorsement. And he said the biggest priority was defeating Trump.

"We've got to make Trump a one-term president," Sanders said. "I will do all that I can to make that happen."

- AP

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