Sen. Bernie Sanders Tuesday repeated his promise that he will do all he can do to see that Donald Trump never becomes the president of the United States, as "that would be a disaster for our country and in fact the world," but still fell just short of endorsing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee.
"Right now, we are working with Secretary Clinton, trying to hammer out some very important language on some of the most important issues facing this country," Sanders told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell
on her noon cable news program.
"To me, what politics is about is not just electing candidates, it's about transforming this country, about dealing with a decline of the American middle class and massive levels of income and wealth and inequality, dealing with climate change, dealing with the need to make sure that all of our young people have the opportunity to go to college when we make public colleges and universities tuition-free."
And, Sanders, who has promised to remain in the campaign until the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July, said those issues have to be dealt with and he's looking forward to working with Clinton to bring them forward.
Even though Sanders told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program that he'd vote for Clinton in November, that is not the same as an endorsement, he told Mitchell.
"What I am trying to do now, in a variety of ways, is to see that we have a Democratic platform that represents working families, that is prepared to take on the fossil fuel industry and Wall Street," said Sanders.
Sanders said was surprised to see that Clinton's delegates rejected his proposal to kill
the Trans Pacific Partnership during a meeting of the Democratic platform committee in St. Louis, despite the fact she has said she does not want to see it get onto the floor, and that is an issue that will need to be worked on.
"Politics is not a baseball game with winners and losers," said Sanders. "Politics is about whether we protect the needs of millions of people in this country who are hurting. That is my focus. And my job right now is to make the Democratic party as open as inclusive, as progressive as it has possibly can be and that's what we are working on as we speak."
Sanders also did not directly answer a question about when he plans to suspend his campaign.
"What we are trying to do is to address the major crisis facing working families in this country, and we're going use all of the tools we can to do that," said Sanders. "We have some 1,900 delegates who are going to be coming to Philadelphia, and those delegates without exception are going to stand up and fight to make sure that the working class has a voice in this country."
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