Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Tuesday called on Sen. Bernie Sanders to drop out of the Democratic presidential race, saying he “is not qualified for the position.”
The announcement came after Sanders and his allies pushed for the Vermont senator to drop the race amid mounting pressure from the Sanders campaign to quit.
“I am asking you to please drop out immediately, for the good of the party, the party and the country,” Clinton said in a statement.
“It’s not only disappointing to see Senator Sanders continue to refuse to concede the race, but it is also a distraction from the real challenges facing our country and our country’s future,” she said.
“The only way we can stop the right-wing extremists who have taken over our government is to elect a Democratic president and Vice President.”
Clinton’s campaign said it has received more than 4 million votes from Bernie Sanders supporters who have not yet made up their minds.
The senator’s allies are still pushing for him to run for president in 2020, even though he is not seeking the Democratic nomination.
The Clinton campaign’s announcement came two days after Sanders was asked to leave a Sanders rally in Philadelphia after he was booed by several supporters who did not want to leave.
He was later escorted out of a second Sanders rally and back to his hotel.
The Sanders campaign has been trying to persuade the senator to withdraw his candidacy and has pushed for him and the party to endorse Clinton.
Sanders has consistently called on the Democratic National Committee to allow him to continue running.
On Tuesday, Sanders held a news conference to announce a new ad campaign targeting Republican Donald Trump and the GOP House leadership.
The ad campaign, dubbed “The Resistance,” focuses on Trump and his supporters who refuse to accept his victory in Tuesday’s election.