Sanders: Democrat needed in the White House
"The election this November is perhaps the most important in our lifetime. It is imperative that we move in a new direction," Sanders said in a press release.
The Vermont independent indicated he would not endorse Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton, both Democrats, before a nominee secures enough delegates to lock up the nomination.
The state is leaning heavily toward Obama, of Illinois, and Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch, both Democrats, have endorsed him. Vermonters are poised to vote March 4 in the state's primary.
The contest offers 23 delegates.
"As an independent, I will not endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary, but I will campaign vigorously for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton after one of them becomes the nominee," Sanders said.
"Under President George W. Bush, our country has moved in the wrong direction in practically every area of public policy, from the misguided war in Iraq to the struggling economy."
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