Obama Congratulates Hillary Clinton; Plans Meeting With Bernie Sanders

In this handout provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama has lunch with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the patio outside the Oval Office, July 29, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
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President Barack Obama congratulated Hillary Clinton last night for securing the Democratic nomination, according to the White House, during a phone call with his former Secretary of State.

“Her historic campaign inspired millions and is an extension of her lifelong fight for middle-class families and children,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.

Obama also called Senator Bernie Sanders, Earnest confirmed.

“The President thanked Senator Sanders for energizing millions of Americans with his commitment to issues like fighting economic inequality and special interests’ influence on our politics,” he said.

Earnest said that Obama will meet with Sanders on Thursday to discuss the election.

“The President looks forward to continuing the conversation with Senator Sanders about how to build on the extraordinary work he has done to engage millions of Democratic voters, and to build on that enthusiasm in the weeks and months ahead,” Earnest concluded.

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