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Joe Biden: Bernie Sanders Will Endorse Hillary Clinton

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Vice President Joe Biden says he is ready to speak up for the character of Hillary Clinton. He's been talking about the Democratic candidate with our colleague Rachel Martin.

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RACHEL MARTIN, BYLINE: A lot of Americans still don't trust her. That is the word they cite. There's a trust gap when it comes to Hillary Clinton. You're taking her home, I understand, next week.

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I am.

MARTIN: You're taking her to Scranton...

BIDEN: Yes.

MARTIN: ...Pennsylvania on the campaign trail.

BIDEN: Yes.

MARTIN: How do you help her fix that? Do you think those perceptions of her are fair? This idea...

BIDEN: I don't think they're fair, but I acknowledge they're there. And I think - I hope that I help her just by vouching for her. I mean, most folks back home know me. When you vouch for someone say I'm putting my reputation on the line. I believe this person is a good person, has character, and that's what I'm prepared to do for Hillary.

INSKEEP: This was an interview for NPR's Weekend Edition on Sunday. And it was an example of Biden's talent for just saying things, which is how he made some news.

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MARTIN: Bernie Sanders has yet to endorse her officially. He...

BIDEN: Oh, I've talked to Bernie...

MARTIN: ...Hasn't conceded...

BIDEN: ...Bernie's going to endorse her. This is going to work out.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

That is Vice President Biden with NPR's Rachel Martin. And you can hear the main part of that interview on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.

INSKEEP: His remark about Sanders provoked a reaction. Yesterday, MSNBC asked Sanders about it.

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BERNIE SANDERS: Joe and I talked about three weeks ago. And as I said, right now my hope is that we can reach an agreement on some very important issues and I can go forward to the millions of people who supported me and say, look, this is the progress that you have made. This is where we're going to go as a country. So I hope it happens. As of this moment, we're not there quite yet.

INSKEEP: Senator Bernie Sanders responding to Joe Biden's prediction that this is going to work out. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.