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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has publicly promised to vote for his Democratic rival. The announcement came early Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Sanders said he will be voting for Hillary Clinton in an effort to stop Donald Trump.

“[T]he issue right here is, I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders said. “I think Trump in so many ways would be a disaster for this country if he were to be elected president. We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry.”

Sanders said he will keep pressing to have an impact on next month’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

“My job right now is to fight for the strongest possible platform in the Democratic convention.”

Sanders has not said he will end his bid for president.

Yolanda R. Arrington |