WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSMiami) — Bernie Sanders said Friday that he will vote for rival Hillary Clinton in November’s general election, citing presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump as a primary driving force behind the decision.
However, the Vermont senator isn’t bowing out of the race.
“Why would I want to do that when I want to fight to make sure that we have the best platform that we possibly can, that we win the most delegates that we can,” Sanders said, adding that “the goal of our campaign was to transform this nation” including doing everything he can “to defeat Donald Trump.”
He’s also not ready to endorse Clinton.
“Because I have not heard her say the things that I think needs to be said,” said Sanders.
Never straying from his talking points, he then laid out the issues that Clinton, who has already clinched the necessary delegates to win the Democratic nomination, should be focusing on.
“I want her to say among other things, we have a crisis in higher education, public universities and colleges should be tuition free,” Sanders hoped. “Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. I believe that healthcare should be a right of all people. I would love her to say that and I would love her to move aggressively to make that happen.”
When asked about whether his decision to stay in the race would hurt Clinton in the general election, Sanders replied: “You talk about disunity, I talk about people in the political process and wanting to have a government and party that represents all of us.”
“What we want is a government that represents all of us,” he said. “And that’s what I intend to fight for.”