A much-anticipated meeting between President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders came and went Thursday without any apparent impact on the Vermont senator’s plans to remain in the race.
Sanders has been under mounting pressure to bow out of his long-shot White House bid since former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became the party’s presumptive nominee following the Puerto Rico primary earlier this month. Some speculated his recent meeting with the current president would serve as a final nudge in that direction.
Nevertheless, the Independent senator vowed in remarks made shortly after the meeting to stay in the race and advance his socialist-inspired message.
After taking a few shots at presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, Sanders shared his goal of taking a firm message to next months Democratic National Convention.
“It is unbelievable to me,” he said, “and I say this in all sincerity, that the Republican Party would have a candidate for president who in the year 2016 makes bigotry and discrimination the cornerstone of his campaign.”
Sanders went on to say that he will “do everything in [his] power … to make sure that Donald Trump does not become the president of the United States.”
In addition to his clear denunciation of Trump, the 74-year-old senator shared a few of the policies he hopes to present to voters in Washington, D.C., ahead of the convention.
“This is the last primary of the Democratic nominating process,” he said. “The major point that I will be making at the citizens of the District of Columbia is that I am strongly in favor of D.C. statehood.”