Sen. Bernie Sanders told talk show host Stephen Colbert on Thursday that he doesn’t plan to endorse Hillary Clinton in her general-election race against Donald Trump.
Sanders flatly said “no” when asked by Colbert whether he would endorse Clinton, who has effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. He also told Colbert he’s “absolutely” continuing his campaign and said the need to “transform America,” is more important than political campaigns.
“All of you and everybody else who’s watching have got to be involved in the political process, have got to stand up and fight for the kind of America that we know that we can become and I’m never going to give up on that fight,” Sanders said to applause while taping an interview for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Colbert’s audience clapped and chanted “Bernie” when he walked on stage. About half gave Sanders a standing ovation.
“You’ve gotten used to that,” Colbert said. “Sounds awfully good,” Sanders replied.
Sanders doesn’t seem to need the prospect of winning the Democratic presidential nomination to keep his campaign alive.
The Vermont senator, who remains a presidential candidate despite his second-place primary finish to Clinton, will deliver a speech at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Town Hall performance venue in New York City titled, “Where We Go From Here.”
Update: The text in the headline and the story has now changed:
Bernie Sanders Says He Has No Immediate Plans To Endorse Clinton
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Sen. Bernie Sanders told talk show host Stephen Colbert on Thursday he has no immediate plans to endorse Hillary Clinton in her general-election race against Donald Trump.