Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bernie Sanders Stumps for Ex-Rival, as She Stumbles with Younger Voters

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bernie Sanders Stumps for Ex-Rival, as She Stumbles with Younger Voters

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Sanders stumps for ex-rival amid stumbles

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WASHINGTON - Bernie Sanders is hitting the campaign trail this weekend in an attempt to keep his young, progressive supporters from inadvertently helping elect Donald Trump as president of the United States.

Polls show a tightening race, partly because of millennials' lack of enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton. It may have been illustrated unintentionally on Friday by university students who greeted Michelle Obama at a campaign rally with chants of, "Four more years!"

That enthusiasm gap threatens Clinton's chances in key swing states. Sanders is stumping in two of them: Pennsylvania and Ohio. He's urging supporters to back his former primary rival instead of staying home or supporting a third-party candidate.

"I think that before you cast a protest vote -- because either Clinton or Trump will become president -- think hard about it," Sanders told MSNBC's, "Morning Joe," show on Friday.

"This is the presidency of the United States. And I would say to those people out there thinking of the protest vote, 'Think about what the country looks like, and whether you're comfortable with four years of a Trump presidency'."

His involvement in the campaign comes two months after he appeared with Clinton at a rally to offer his endorsement -- and one month after groups of his supporters heckled Clinton at the Democratic convention.

But Sanders said his supporters should realize that on issues that matter, Clinton's platform is far closer to his. He compared Trump's tax policies that would transfer wealth toward the rich with her plan to eliminate tuition at public college: "You know what? ... That (tuition plan is) pretty good. That is pretty damn good."

A couple of polls this week have illustrated Clinton's ongoing challenge with millennials.

One by Quinnipiac shows her beating Trump by a mere five percentage points with voters under age 35 in a four-way race. Such a margin could prove disastrous to a Democratic candidate. …

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