- The Washington Times - Monday, July 25, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman said that as of Monday morning, the campaign had yet to review the speech Sen. Bernard Sanders was scheduled to deliver later on in the evening at the Democratic National Convention, but said he’s confident the speech will be good for the Clinton campaign.

“The short answer to that is that no, we have not,” Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“We already saw what he’s going to say when he stood with her in New Hampshire, endorsed her, was full-throated, said this is a campaign that he wants to be involved with,” Mr. Podesta said. “He wants to do everything he can to elect her and defeat Donald Trump, and that’s what we’re going to get tonight.”

“He’ll have a big audience to do it, and that’s good for us,” Mr. Podesta said.

Mr. Sanders’ team has said that in the speech, the Vermont senator “will make it clear that Hillary Clinton is by far superior to Donald Trump on every major issue.”

At the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland, Sen. Ted Cruz was showered with boos after he declined to endorse Mr. Trump in his convention speech, instead urging attendees to vote their “conscience.”

On the morning of Mr. Cruz’s speech last Wednesday, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had said on CNN he hadn’t seen the speech but that the Texas senator’s words would leave “no doubt” he wanted Mr. Trump to be president.

The following morning, however, Mr. Cruz said he had informed Mr. Trump by phone several days earlier that he wouldn’t be endorsing him.

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