Now that Hillary Clinton has become the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential candidate, pressure is mounting on Bernie Sanders to officially drop out of the race.
Well, after a Thursday afternoon meeting with President Obama, it appears that Sanders is close to dropping out of the race.
Bernie Sanders on Thursday gave the strongest signals yet that he is ready to soon bow out of the presidential race, telling reporters after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House that he will ally himself with Hillary Clinton in the fight against Donald Trump.
But he’s not quite ready to go yet.
The Vermont senator declared that he will stay in the race for the Democratic nomination until next Tuesday’s District of Columbia primary, and said he wants to see if the final vote count in California shows a tighter result. He also is planning to go forward with a big rally in DC on Thursday night.
After spending an hour meeting with Obama in the Oval Office, Sanders acknowledged that he would work with Clinton, who is now the presumptive Democratic nominee, to defeat Trump in the general election. Delivering remarks prepared before his sit-down with the president, Sanders ticked through a list of his priorities, promising to take those issues to the convention in Philadelphia next month.
“Donald Trump would clearly to my mind and I think the majority of Americans be a disaster as president of the United States. It is unbelievable to me and I say this in all sincerity that the Republican Party would have a candidate for president who in the year 2016 makes bigotry and discrimination the cornerstone of his campaign. In my view the American people will not vote for or tolerate a candidate who insults Mexicans and Latinos, who insults Muslims, who insults African-Americans and women,” Sanders said. “Needless to say, I am going to do everything in my power and I will work as hard as I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States.”
Sanders continued, “I will of course, be competing in the D.C. primary which will be held next Tuesday.”
“This is the last primary of the Democratic nominating process. The major point that I will be making at the citizens of the District of Columbia is that I am strongly in favor of D.C. statehood,” he said, noting that Vermont has roughly the same population as the nation’s capital but does not have the same representation. He also said he looked forward to the final count of votes in California, anticipating a closer result.
Sanders said he spoke “briefly to Secretary Clinton” on Tuesday night, congratulating her “on her very strong campaign.” And he said he will soon be sitting down with the former secretary of state as she readies for an epic battle with Trump.
“I look forward to meeting with her in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1 percent,” Sanders concluded, before rushing away from reporters back into the White House.
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