Sanders vows to help Clinton fight Trump

Updated 8:53 AM EDT, Fri June 17, 2016
Bernie Sanders pledges to defeat Donald Trump vosot cnni_00001617.jpg
Bernie Sanders pledges to defeat Donald Trump vosot cnni_00001617.jpg
Now playing
01:35
Bernie Sanders pledges to defeat Donald Trump
bernie sanders still feels the bern origwx allee_00011828.jpg
bernie sanders still feels the bern origwx allee_00011828.jpg
Now playing
01:56
Bernie Sanders still feels the bern
bernie sanders democrats trump bannon bts_00000924.jpg
bernie sanders democrats trump bannon bts_00000924.jpg
Now playing
01:18
Sanders: Democrats will work with Trump if ...
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a rally against the Iran nuclear deal on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol September 9, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a rally against the Iran nuclear deal on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol September 9, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
Now playing
02:40
Can Trump be trusted with nuclear weapons?
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 07:  Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) greets supporters at an election-night rally on June 7, 2016 in Santa Monica, ia. Hillary Clinton held an early lead in today's California primary.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Scott Olson/Getty Images
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 07: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) greets supporters at an election-night rally on June 7, 2016 in Santa Monica, ia. Hillary Clinton held an early lead in today's California primary. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Now playing
02:20
Five moments from Bernie Sanders' improbable run
security scan
DHS
security scan
Now playing
03:04
Fear, anger over potential 'Muslim registry'
CNN
Now playing
02:05
Bernie Sanders says he will work with Donald Trump
Student slams Clinton
Youtube/David K
Student slams Clinton
Now playing
01:15
Student bashes Clinton ... at Clinton event
dnc convention roll call brother larry sanders sot _00012118.jpg
dnc convention roll call brother larry sanders sot _00012118.jpg
Now playing
01:23
Bernie Sanders gets emotional at DNC roll call
Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to reporters in Oakland, California. May 30, 2016.
CNN
Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to reporters in Oakland, California. May 30, 2016.
Now playing
01:36
Secret Service rush stage at Bernie Sanders rally
Bernie Sanders takes the stage at the DNC Convention
CNN
Bernie Sanders takes the stage at the DNC Convention
Now playing
01:00
Bernie Sanders takes the DNC stage, crowd goes crazy
Bernie Sanders speaks to members of the press before being introduced at the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California on May 30, 2016.
JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images
Bernie Sanders speaks to members of the press before being introduced at the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California on May 30, 2016.
Now playing
02:56
It's 'Bernie or bust' for some Sanders supporters
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally with democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at University of New Hampshire on September 28, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally with democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at University of New Hampshire on September 28, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire.
Now playing
02:51
Sanders walks fine line on Clinton hacked audio tape
Bernie sot 3
CNN
Bernie sot 3
Now playing
02:23
Sanders' new message to his supporters
Getty Images
Now playing
03:20
Who voted for Sanders and can Trump win them over?
FAIRFIELD, CA - JUNE 03: Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks during a campaign rally at Cloverdale Municipal Airport on June 3, 2016 in Cloverdale, California. Five States including California will hold the final Super Tuesday primaries next week. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)
Ramin Talaie/Getty Images
FAIRFIELD, CA - JUNE 03: Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks during a campaign rally at Cloverdale Municipal Airport on June 3, 2016 in Cloverdale, California. Five States including California will hold the final Super Tuesday primaries next week. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)
Now playing
02:07
What the end of the Sanders primary campaign looks like

Story highlights

Sanders has called for the ousting of leadership from the convention committee level up to the top

Sanders has publicly clashed with Wasserman Schultz throughout the campaign

(CNN) —  

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday vowed to work with Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump, but he didn’t end his presidential bid or endorse the presumptive Democratic nominee.

“The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly,” Sanders said in a much-anticipated live-stream address. “And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time.”

Sanders did not offer details on how he plans to fulfill that role.

Much of the video amounted to a version of Sanders’ standard stump speech, and he encouraged his legions of followers to run for local office.

He once again pledged to take his bid all the way to the convention. And he described his differences with Clinton as “strong” but limited.

“It is no secret that Secretary Clinton and I have strong disagreements on some very important issues. It is also true that our views are quite close on others,” Sanders said. “I look forward, in the coming weeks, to continued discussions between the two campaigns to make certain that your voices are heard and that the Democratic Party passes the most progressive platform in its history and that Democrats actually fight for that agenda.”

The Vermont senator vowed to take his campaign’s “energy” into the Democratic National Convention next month. But Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver told Bloomberg News earlier Thursday that the campaign was no longer actively lobbying superdelegates.

Fight with DNC continues

Sanders’ presidential campaign is winding down – but his fight with the Democratic National Committee is just getting started.

The Vermont senator has called for the ousting of leadership from the convention committee level up to the top – publicly insisting that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz be replaced. And his campaign wants two well-known Democrats removed from key posts at the national convention in Philadelphia next month.

“I do believe that we have to replace the current Democratic National Committee leadership,” Sanders told reporters in Washington Tuesday as the last Democratic primary voters went to the polls. “We need a person at the leadership of the DNC who is vigorously supporting and out working to bring people into the political process.”

Sanders has publicly clashed with Wasserman Schultz throughout the campaign, including a spat over the number of debates scheduled that led to one of his congressional backers, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, quitting her post at the DNC.

He also sent a letter last month to the committee calling for the removal of two Democrats from their convention leadership positions: Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who co-chairs the Platform Committee, and former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, co-chairman of the Rules Committee.

Clinton, Sanders meet; Clinton wins D.C. primary

The DNC swiftly dismissed the request.

Frank has spoken out against Sanders, writing in July 2015 that Sanders’ campaign was a threat to Clinton’s chances in a general election and “wishful thinking is no way to win the presidency.” Malloy has been critical of Sanders’ record on gun control.