Schumer: Dems on 'path to unity'
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Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria Schumer calls for FDA to probe reports of contaminated baby food How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse MORE (D-N.Y.) tamped down talk of intraparty strife on Wednesday, saying Democrats are on a "path to unity."


"We are on a path to unity," Schumer, expected to be the next Senate Democratic leader, told reporters at a Zika virus press conference.

He added that he believes Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — ObamaCare premiums dropping for 2020 | Warren, Buttigieg shift stances on 'Medicare for All' | Drug companies spend big on lobbying Mellman: Trumping peace and prosperity Tlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit MORE (I-Vt.), who's challenging Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump 'lynching' firestorm is sign of things to come Hillary Clinton has said she'd consider 2020 race if she thought she could win: report Nielsen on leaving Trump administration: 'Saying no and refusing to do it myself was not going to be enough' MORE for the Democratic presidential nomination, is a "very constructive man."

"I think we have a mutual goal, which is to make sure Democrats stay in the White House," Schumer said.

His comments come after Clinton won four states Tuesday night, including a big victory in California that boosts her campaign's momentum.

Despite Clinton's status as the party's presumptive nominee, Sanders pledged Tuesday night to "continue the fight."

Senate Democrats — most of whom back Clinton — have increasingly called on Sanders to drop out of the race or at least aim his fire at presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE.

But Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg would support delaying Libra | More attorneys general join Facebook probe | Defense chief recuses from 'war cloud' contract | Senate GOP blocks two election security bills | FTC brings case against 'stalking' app developer Senate Republicans block two election security bills Warren overtakes Sanders in new poll MORE (D-Minn.) on Wednesday called Sanders a "friend."

"I have a lot of faith in him. He has pledged that he wants unity," she said. "He wants to support our nominee."

Asked what "valuable" role Sanders could play going into November, Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterBennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever Red-state Democrats worry impeachment may spin out of control MORE (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Democrats' campaign arm, told reporters Tuesday that the Vermont senator should be "bringing people on to get us united."

"That's the role," Tester added.