Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will meet with President Barack Obama Thursday at the White House at Sanders’ request.
Sanders is staying in the Democratic presidential race, despite Hillary Clinton having clinched the delegates necessary to win the Democratic nomination. The Vermont senator is hoping to gain the support of superdelegates in the lead-up to the July 25 convention.
“The President congratulated Secretary Clinton for securing the delegates necessary to clinch the Democratic Nomination for President. Her historic campaign inspired millions and is an extension of her lifelong fight for middle-class families and children,” the White House said in a statement released Tuesday night.
The statement continued on to say: “The President thanked Senator Sanders for energizing millions of Americans with his commitment to issues like fighting economic inequality and special interests’ influence on our politics.”
“In addition, at Senator Sanders’ request, the President and Senator Sanders will meet at the White House on Thursday to continue their conversation about the significant issues at stake in this election that matter most to America’s working families.”
Obama and Sanders reportedly spoke over the phone about the Democratic primary this past Sunday.