Sen. Bernard Sanders will speak later this week about the future of his insurgent presidential campaign and vowed Tuesday that his “political revolution” will continue but also acknowledged his White House hopes are virtually dead.
Mr. Sanders’ address — which could be the forum in which he formally quits the Democratic presidential primary — will be streamed live online Thursday, the campaign said, and will begin at 8:30 p.m. The announcement comes on the same day Democrats in the District of Columbia go to the polls, and just hours before Mr. Sanders meets privately with Hillary Clinton in Washington.
Taken together, Tuesday’s meeting and Thursday’s speech seem to indicate that Mr. Sanders is preparing to exit the White House race and begin working on behalf of Mrs. Clinton.
In his statement Tuesday, Mr. Sanders said his campaign has been a success but also downplayed the notion that success could be achieved by claiming the Democratic nomination for president.
“When we started this campaign, I told you that I was running not to oppose any man or woman, but to propose new and far-reaching policies to deal with the crises of our time. And for the past fourteen months, through the entire primary process, we’ve sent the establishment a message they can’t ignore: we won’t settle for the status quo. After today, the voting is done, but our political revolution continues,” he said. “This campaign is about more than Bernie Sanders. It is about all of us together. It is about millions of people from coast to coast knowing that we can do much better as a nation.”