Orlando DNC meetings could lead to Clinton-Sanders joint event

Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont,, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton laugh during the CNN Democratic presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont,, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton laugh during the CNN Democratic presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

(CNN) The outcome of the weekend Democratic platform meeting in Orlando will help determine whether Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders appear together in New Hampshire next week, people familiar with the talks say.

Sanders has been seeking policy concessions from Clinton on college tuition — which happened Wednesday, as Clinton rolled out a proposal to make tuition free at in-state public colleges and universities for those earning less than $125,000 per year for a family of four.
Also on Sanders’ wish list: A commitment on health care to allow those aged 55 and older to buy into Medicare, and concessions in the Democratic platform to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-country trade deal negotiated by
President Barack Obama’s administration, even in a lame-duck session of Congress before a new president is sworn in.
If the Orlando meeting goes smoothly, people familiar with the talks say, Sanders and Clinton appear to be on track to a joint appearance in New Hampshire on Tuesday.
Plans for that joint appearance could still fall apart, and patience is running thin among some — with Sanders insistent on policy concessions and Clinton aides feeling he’s lingered in the race too long after Clinton became the presumptive
Democratic nominee. Sanders was booed in a meeting with House Democrats on Wednesday for failing to support Clinton.
Democrats are set to meet Friday and Saturday in Orlando to finalize their platform ahead of the party’s convention in Philadelphia later this month.

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