Green Party candidate offers presidential ticket to Sanders

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersProgressive House Dem pushes for vote on 'Medicare for all' bill Castro takes steps toward likely 2020 bid Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February MORE can run for president on her party's ticket if he wants.

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“I’ve invited Bernie to sit down explore collaboration — everything is on the table,” she told the Guardian Friday. “If he saw that you can’t have a revolutionary campaign in a counter-revolutionary party, he’d be welcomed to the Green party. He could lead the ticket and build a political movement.”

Stein said she emailed Sanders about the offer but never received a response.

Sanders is expected to announce his endorsement of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — First lady's office pushes for ouster of national security aide | Trump taps retired general as ambassador to Saudis | Mattis to visit border troops | Record number of female veterans to serve in Congress Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February What midterm exit polls tell us about 2020 MORE next week, the New York Times reported.

He has repeatedly vowed to work to ensure that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDeath toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 48: authorities Graham backs bill to protect Mueller Denham loses GOP seat in California MORE is defeated in the general election.

On Thursday he took it a step further, saying, “We have got to do everything that we can to defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton.”

Stein said that Sanders backing Clinton would harm his credibility with the movement that he has inspired on the left.

“If he continues to declare his full faith in the Democratic party, it will leave many of his supporters very disappointed,” Stein said. “That political movement is going to go on — it isn’t going to bury itself in the graveyard alongside Hillary Clinton.”