U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders says he will vote for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, and although he did not concede the Democratic contest to Clinton, he said he would instead focus on building a platform.
“Yes,” Sanders said when asked on MSNBC whether he would vote for Clinton in November. “I think the issue right here is, I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump. … My job right now is to fight for the strongest possible platform in the Democratic convention.”
Speaking about Trump, who is the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, Sanders said: “I think Trump in so many ways would be a disaster for this country if he would be elected president. We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry, is insulting Mexicans and Latinos and Muslims and women … this is not somebody who should become president.”
Symone Sanders, a spokeswoman for the senator, said Friday’s comments did not mean that he would be ending his presidential campaign. “Senator Sanders is still an active candidate for president,” she said, providing no further details.
Sanders built a loyal following throughout his presidential campaign, receiving some 13 million votes throughout the primaries, but Clinton received nearly 4 million more. Nonetheless, Sanders had refused to give up his fight for the Democratic nomination, saying he would seek to convince superdelegates to switch to his side.
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