Obama seeks to reassure Democrats that Clinton shares their values.
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Nearing the end of a lengthy primary fight, Democrats are coalescing around Hillary Clinton's presidential bid and looking to reunite the party through a carefully orchestrated plan aimed at nudging rival Bernie Sanders to make his exit. President Barack Obama's endorsement of his former secretary of state Thursday headlined a day of unity for Democrats as the party prepares for Republican Donald Trump. Democrats are wary that divisions that emerged between Clinton and Sanders during the primaries might spill out during next month's Democratic National Convention or provide an opening to Trump, who is on course to become the Republican nominee.Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined that effort Thursday evening, both endorsing Clinton and signaling to many of Sanders' supporters that it's time to unite around the party's presumptive nominee. Clinton declared victory over Sanders Tuesday, having captured the number of delegates needed to become the first female nominee from a major party.Obama taped his endorsement video at the White House Tuesday, before Clinton claimed victory in the primary, and had alerted Sanders earlier in the week that it was coming. Sanders came prepared with his statement.
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