Friday the chairman of the Democrats’ Senate campaign arm, Senator Jon Tester (D) of Montana endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
In a statement the Montana Standard quoted Sen. Jon Tester as saying:
‘Hillary is the most qualified person on the ballot to unite our nation at a time when dangerous rhetoric threatens to divide us. I look forward to working with her to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, keep our country safe, and invest in education and infrastructure so we can move our nation forward.’
Tester had held back from formally announcing support for Clinton, despite all the backing among fellow lawmakers, instead he remained focused on winning back the majority as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (or DSCC.) He also had previously mentioned that he was waiting until Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made an announcement before he would move forward with supporting Clinton.
‘I want to thank Bernie for running a strong grassroots campaign, energizing young folks, and talking about important issues facing our nation. Now it’s time for us to come together to win up and down the ballot this November.’
Tester’s statement came a week after Clinton received endorsements from both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, locking down her position as the party’s presumptive nominee.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) already rushed to support Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton last week. Senator Jeff Merkley (D) of Oregon, who previously supported Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, has also said he’s ready to formally back Clinton as well. Independent Senator Angus King of Maine has yet to endorse Clinton.
This past Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met with Senate Democrats at the weekly policy lunch but refuses to concede, instead saying he will try to press for the party’s platform at the convention this July.
The majority of Democratic leadership has not publicly called upon Bernie Sanders to drop out. Senator Jon Tester, earlier this month, even told reporters that he felt Sanders’s role heading into the elections this November should be, “bringing people on to get us united.”
As Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said in his announcement Tuesday, he is committed to doing just that.
You can watch Sanders’ announcement, in it’s entirety, here:
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