Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Monday that supporters of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and ex-South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are welcome to vote for him.
Campaigning in Minnesota, Sanders told a rally that hes known Klobuchar for a long time and praised her as “one of the hardest workers I know.”
“And as you all know, Petes campaign was an historic campaign and a brave campaign,” he said, adding that he was referring to Buttigieg being openly gay.
Sanders said he wanted to “open the door” to supporters of both former rivals.
“I know that there are political differences but I also know that virtually all of Amys support and Petes support understand that we have got to move toward a government that believes in justice, not greed,” he said.
A Sanders administration would be based on “principles of economic justice, social justice, racial justice, [and] environmental justice,” the senator said.
“So to all of Amys and Petes millions of supporters: the door is open. Come on in!”
Buttigieg, 38, and Klobuchar, 59, ended their campaigns in recent days. They both traveled to Dallas, Texas on Monday night and announced their endorsements of former Vice President Joe Biden, 78.
The former presidential candidates said they felt that Biden is the best person remaining in the field to challenge President Donald Trump. Buttigieg said Biden has a track record of delivering on issues important with his generation, including climate change and gun control, while Klobuchar said Biden could attract independents and some Republicans in addition to getting votes from Democrats.