Clinton gets Sanders' vote but he stays in the race

A supporter with the book Hard Choices, by Mrs Hillary Clinton, at a campaign event. Mrs Clinton has the requisite number of delegates who will decide the Democratic Party's presidential nominee at a July convention.
A supporter with the book Hard Choices, by Mrs Hillary Clinton, at a campaign event. Mrs Clinton has the requisite number of delegates who will decide the Democratic Party's presidential nominee at a July convention.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • Mr Bernie Sanders has finally said what Mrs Hillary Clinton has been waiting to hear: that she has got his vote in the US presidential election on Nov 8.

Asked on MSNBC yesterday if he would cast a ballot for his opponent in the bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, the Vermont senator said simply: "Yes."

"I'm going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump," said Mr Sanders, who still has not conceded the race to Mrs Clinton, referring to the Republican presumptive nominee.

"I think Trump in so many ways will be a disaster for this country."

Mr Sanders, who is in negotiations with the Clinton campaign over the party platform and is still campaigning, focused his remarks against Mr Trump.

"We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry. He is insulting Mexicans and Latinos and Muslims and women," Mr Sanders said.

"This is not somebody who should become a president."

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We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry. He is insulting Mexicans and Latinos and Muslims and women... This is not somebody who should become a president.

MR BERNIE SANDERS, on Mr Donald Trump.

Mrs Clinton will be officially nominated the Democratic nominee at the party's national convention in July, having already garnered the requisite number of delegates.

Despite his grudging vote of support for Mrs Clinton, Mr Sanders maintained that he was not ending his presidential campaign until the Democratic convention.

"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?" the 74-year-old said.

He insisted that his continuing presence in the race is not causing disunity in the Democratic Party.

"You talk about disunity. I talk about involving the American people in the political process," he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump, stung by a meagre fundraising haul compared with that of Mrs Clinton, predicted yesterday that his campaign would draw "staggering" numbers this summer.

The tycoon's supporters have voiced concern that he will not have enough money to finance his campaign for the election.

Mr Trump had US$1.3 million (S$1.8 million) in cash to start the month, against the US$42 million in Mrs Clinton's war chest.

"The numbers are going to be, I think, quite staggering, especially in July," Mr Trump, a New York real estate developer, said at a news conference in Turnberry, Scotland, where he was reopening a golf resort.

BLOOMBERG, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2016, with the headline 'Clinton gets Sanders' vote but he stays in the race'. Print Edition | Subscribe