Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont told Charlie Rose in an interview on CBS News that he would support Hillary Clinton if she won the nomination for president.
"Sure I will," he said when pressed by Rose, The Huffington Post reported.
"As I said a million times, I think the idea of a Donald Trump or a Ted Cruz presidency would be an unmitigated disaster for this country," he continued. "I will do everything in my power and work as hard as I can to make sure that that does not happen. And if Secretary Clinton is the nominee, I will certainly support her.”
In the past, Sanders' responses were mostly vague when asked about supporting Clinton as the nominee. He recently told the Young Turks, a progressive web show, that he would make policy demands of the former Secretary of State before supporting her, including backing a $15-per-hour minimum wage, strict financial regulation and a concerted effort to fight climate change, according to The Huffington Post.
Sanders also clarified remarks he previously made about Clinton being unqualified for the presidency based on her ties to Wall Street, according to The Huffington Post:
She has years of experience. She is extremely intelligent. You know, I have some experience too. I have a pretty good record in Congress, as a senator, as a mayor. I think I am qualified to be president. And so to answer your question, you’re right. We should not get into this tit for tat. We should be debating the issues facing the American people. All I am saying, if the people are gonna attack us, if they’re gonna distort our record, as has been the case time and time again, we’re gonna respond.
Sanders made headlines on April 8 for being invited to the Vatican to attend a conference on social, environmental and economic issues.
"I am delighted to have been invited by the Vatican to a meeting on restoring social justice and environmental sustainability to the world economy," Sanders said in a statement, CNN reported.
"Pope Francis has made clear that we must overcome ‘the globalization of indifference’ in order to reduce economic inequalities, stop financial corruption and protect the natural environment," he continued "That is our challenge in the United States and in the world.”