Schumer: Dems on 'path to unity'
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Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? MORE (D-N.Y.) tamped down talk of intraparty strife on Wednesday, saying Democrats are on a "path to unity."

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"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 SandersGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Keystone XL Pipeline gets nod from Nebraska Supreme Court MORE (I-Vt.), who's challenging Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces DHS cyber agency to prioritize election security, Chinese threats ABC chose a debate moderator who hates Trump 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 TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE.

But Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate 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) TesterNative American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Budget deal sparks scramble to prevent shutdown 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.