Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) concluded a White House meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday by telling reporters the Democratic race is not yet over.
Running through his stump speech promises of rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure, beefing up social security and ending college debt, Sanders said, “These are the issues that we’ll take to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.”
The Vermont senator said he would “of course” be competing in the final Democratic primary in Washington, D.C. next week, and that he looked forward “to the full counting of the votes in California which I suspect will show a much closer vote than the current vote tally.”
Sanders applauded Hillary Clinton, whose delegate lead pushed past the total needed to clinch the Democratic nomination after a big win in California on Tuesday, for her “strong campaign.” The next step, he said, was going after presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.
“I look forward to meeting with her in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent,” Sanders said.
Sanders knocked Trump for making “bigotry and discrimination” the “cornerstone” of his campaign, saying he’d do “everything in my power” to prevent a Trump presidency.
The Vermont senator also thanked Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for remaining neutral in the race, applauding their “impartiality.”
His hour-long meeting with the President reportedly focused on fostering unity within the Democratic Party.