Sanders to visit 4 Michigan cities Thursday for Clinton

Chad Livengood and Michael Gerstein,

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is coming to Michigan on Thursday to campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in four cities including Dearborn, the campaign said Tuesday.

The visit will mark Sanders’ first trip back to Michigan since narrowly defeating Clinton in the state’s March 8 Democratic presidential primary, 49.8 percent to 48.2 percent.

But this time, Sanders will be stumping for Hillary Clinton — not against her.

Sanders starts with a 10:30 a.m. rally at UAW Local 600 in Dearborn, followed by a 1 p.m. event at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor, a 3:45 p.m. rally at Adams Field in East Lansing and a 6:45 p.m. event at Central High School in Grand Rapids.

The campaign stops are designed to rally Sanders' supporters among union members, youth and college students. 

The last time he campaigned for Clinton among state residents was when he addressed the Michigan delegation to the Democratic National Convention in a Philadelphia suburb in late July.

In July, Sanders conceded the Democratic nomination to Clinton and has been urging his ardent primary supporters to vote for Clinton instead of Republican Donald Trump or a third-party candidate.

Some former Sanders supporters have gravitated to Green Party candidate Jill Stein or former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a one-time Republican who is the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee.

Sanders has been on the campaign trail for Clinton in recent weeks.

The Clinton campaign is hosting Sanders for rallies Tuesday in Duluth, Minn. and Minneapolis.

Sanders is scheduled to be in Iowa and Wisconsin on Wednesday “as part of a multistate Midwestern campaign swing” for Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, according to Clinton campaign advisories.

His efforts to get elect Clinton elected come even after the recent leak of an audio tape of Clinton at a fundraiser in February in McLean, Virginia, describing Sanders’ supporters as “children of the Great Recession” who “are living in their parents’ basement.”

Trump, who has been trying to court Sanders supporters in his outsider bid for the White House, has sought to capitalize on Clinton’s comments in the private fundraiser.

“Hillary Clinton thinks Bernie supporters are hopeless and ignorant basement dwellers,” Trump said Saturday at a rally in Pennsylvania, according to The Associated Press.

Sanders said Sunday that his former opponent's assessment of his supporters was "absolutely correct."

"Millions of young people, many of whom took out loans in order to go to college hoping to go out and get decent paying good jobs, and you know what? They're unable to do that," Sanders said on ABC's "This Week." "That is an issue that we as a nation have got to address."

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