Out of race, Sanders vows to influence Clinton to adopt his progressive agenda

Washington: The democratic socialist Bernie Sanders will not abandon the US presidential race and will participate at the Democratic Party convention in July to get his message across, trying to influence the presumptive party candidate Hillary Clinton as well as the party.

In a video, the Vermont senator, who no longer has a mathematical chance to win the nomination, pushes the party and his rival Hillary Clinton to adopt his progressive agenda, Efe reported.

He also promised to take his agenda to the Democratic National convention in Philadelphia in July.

 Out of race, Sanders vows to influence Clinton to adopt his progressive agenda

Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders. AP

Sanders vowed to "work" with Clinton in the coming weeks. He said defeating the presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump "cannot be our only goal", but the Democrats must continue "our grassroots efforts to create the America that we know we can become."

"And we must take that energy into the Democratic National Convention on 25 July," the Democratic self-proclaimed socialist said.

He also spoke of Clinton as a partner and said he hoped to work with former Secretary of State in the coming weeks to ensure that the Democratic Party takes over the "most progressive platform in its history", and that Democrats will fight for it.

"My hope is that when future historians look back to the 2016 campaign and describe how our country moved forward, they will note that, to a significant degree, that effort began with the political revolution of 2016," he concluded.

Sanders then thanked his supporters, mostly students, pensioners, the unemployed and low-paid workers, as well as a "few" Democrats politicians who took his side.

The Democratic National Convention, where Clinton is poised to be officially elected, will take place from July 25 to 28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a few days after the Republican National Convention on 18 to 21 July 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio, where Trump will presumably be elected.

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Updated Date: Jun 17, 2016 13:25:20 IST