Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has not officially conceded the race to presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, but has signaled he will no longer fight for the nomination. The two candidates are scheduled to meet to discuss the party platform.
Clinton clinched the party's nomination following a string of primary victories on the June 7. Sanders vowed to continue campaigning until the Democratic Party Convention in July, but is no longer taking on Clinton and instead focusing his rhetoric against GOP nominee Donald Trump.
Sanders announced he will meet with Clinton on June 14.
“I will be meeting, as I understand it on Tuesday night with Secretary Clinton, and I will get a sense from her about the nature of the Democratic platform,” Sanders told CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”
Sanders added that they would likely discuss issues that have been important to his presidential campaign, such as income inequality, health care and student loan debt.
“These are issues that have got to be dealt with, and I look forward to sitting down with Secretary Clinton to see what kind of platform she is going to support and in fact how aggressive she is going to be in addressing the major crises that we face,” Sanders said.
Over the past week, Sanders has cut half of his campaign staff. Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign has been adding new staffers, including Sanders’ former national campus and student organizing director, Kunoor Ojha, CNN reports.
On June 12, Sanders met with a group of 20 advisers in Burlington, Vermont. Anonymous witnesses of the meeting recalled that the senator did not discuss wresting the nomination away from Clinton but instead a strategy of compelling the Democratic Party to adopt some of his key policy positions, The New York Times reports.
While his campaign remains active, Sanders has shifted his focus from winning the nomination to getting assurances that Clinton and the Democratic Party will commit to a more progressive platform.
“Generally speaking a platform is a piece of paper tucked away in some kind of drawer but I do not want that to be the case,” Sanders said.
While Sanders voiced a commitment to keeping Trump out of the White House, he added that he would have to see how committed Clinton would be to the platform before deciding “how closely we can work with [her].”