As he bowed out of the presidential race Tuesday, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) said he is ready to continue his "political revolution" by creating "successor organizations" dedicated to advancing progressive values.
"In the coming weeks, I will be announcing the creation of successor organizations to carry on the struggle that we have been a part of these past 15 months," he said.
"Our goal will be to advance the progressive agenda that we believe in and to elect like-minded candidates at the federal, state and local levels who are committed to accomplishing our goals.”
Sanders also defended his decision to endorse Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE for president, saying that the best way to advance progressive values is by defeating presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE.
"Today, I endorsed Hillary Clinton to be our next president. I know that some of you will be disappointed with that decision," he said.
"But I believe that, at this moment, our country, our values, and our common vision for a transformed America are best served by the defeat of Donald Trump and the election of Hillary Clinton."
Sanders said part of the effort to "transform" America must begin with a fight to reform the Democratic Rules Committee and make it easier to elect progressive candidates.
"As part of that effort, we still have a tremendous amount of work left to do in the Democratic Rules Committee that will be meeting in the coming weeks," he said.
"We have to enact the kinds of reforms to the Democratic Party and to the electoral process that will provide us the tools to elect progressive candidates, to allow new voices and new energy into the Party, and to break up the excessive power that the economic and political elites in the party currently have.”