Sanders: I Will Vote for Hillary
But that doesn't mean he's endorsing her or dropping out of the race
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2016 7:56 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses supporters in New York on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(Newser) – While Bernie Sanders still hasn't officially thrown in the towel on his run for the Oval Office, he did make one thing clear on MSNBC Friday: He'll vote for Hillary Clinton in November, even if it's just to keep her main opponent out, Politico reports. "Yes," he directly replied on Morning Joe when asked that question, per NBC News. "I think the issue right here is I'm gonna do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump." He went on to say a Trump presidency would be a "disaster," continuing, "We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry, is insulting Mexicans and Latinos and Muslims and women, who does not believe in the reality of climate change when virtually every scientist who has studied this issue understands that we have a global crisis."

"This is not somebody who should become president." Yet his thumbs-up for a Clinton vote doesn't mean Bernie is dropping out of the race. He appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Thursday night, per the Daily Beast, and when the host posed a trio of direct questions—"Are you continuing your campaign after tonight?" "Are you still a candidate?" "Are you going to drop out of the race?"—Bernie's replies, in respective order, were "absolutely," "yes," and "no." As for endorsing Hillary, he told CBS after his MSNBC interview Friday morning, "I haven't heard her say the things that need to be said," though he suggested he "hopes" he'll be able to endorse her before the convention.