Bernie Sanders says he will vote for Hillary Clinton

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrives to speak at a rally in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S.,June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

(Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Friday he will vote for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Asked if he would vote for Clinton in November, Sanders told MSNBC television: “Yes. The issue right here is I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump. I think Trump in so many ways would be a disaster if he were elected president.”

Clinton clinched the party nomination earlier in June. While Sanders had said he would work with Clinton to defeat Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, he had yet to endorse Clinton and has kept his own election campaign alive.

(Additional reporting by Kouichi Shirayanagi in Washington; Reuters, New York newsroom; Editing by Alden Bentley and Jeffrey Benkoe)

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