Sanders: 'We are not going back to a bigoted society'
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"We have struggled for so many years to overcome discrimination, and he is running his campaign on the cornerstone of bigotry," Sanders said at a rally alongside Clinton Thursday in Raleigh, N.C.

"Now as Americans, we can disagree on many issues, but we have come too far. Too many people have gone to jail, and too many have died in the struggle for equal rights. We are not going back to a bigoted society." 

Sanders, Clinton's former Democratic primary rival, also mused about the prospect of the U.S. electing its first female president. 

"Let us not forget that as I stand next to our next president, 100 years ago, not a long time ago from a historical perspective, women were not running for president. They did not have the right to vote," Sanders said. 

"We have come a long way." 

Sanders joined Clinton and musician and producer Pharrell Williams in North Carolina as the Democratic nominee hopes to clinch the battleground state in the final days of the campaign. Clinton and Trump are in a dead heat, according to a polling average from RealClearPolitics.