Sanders will be Democrat for life, campaign says

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie SandersBernie SandersLive Coverage: Senate votes down 'skinny' ObamaCare repeal Sanders: Senate healthcare fight 'totally bananas' Overnight Defense: Military won't lift transgender ban until Trump sends directions | House passes national security spending | Russian sanctions bill heads to Trump MORE will remain with the party if he does not get the nomination, his campaign manager said Wednesday.

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In an interview on Bloomberg’s “With All Due Respect,” host Mark Halperin asked campaign manager Jeff Weaver if the Independent senator will stay in the Democratic Party if he doesn't become the nominee.

“Well, he is a Democrat, he said he’s a Democrat and he’s gonna be supporting the Democratic nominee, whoever that is,” Weaver responded.

“But he’s a member of the Democratic Party now for life?” Halperin pressed.

“Yes, he is,” Weaver said.

Sanders has been an Independent throughout his political career and is the longest serving Independent in congressional history, though he has consistently caucused with Democrats and even helped raise money for the party in the past.

His presidential rival, Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump job approval swings lower Peggy Noonan: ‘Weak and sniveling’ Trump is not as strong as his wife Sessions says he doesn't regret recusing himself from Russia probe MORE, has often accused Sanders of not being a real Democrat and questioning his loyalty to the party.