Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife Jane Sanders arrive at a campaign rally on Monday, June 6, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Bernie Sanders vows to stay in Democratic race for president

Even as Hillary Clinton claimed the Democratic Party's presidential nomination Tuesday night, rival Bernie Sanders vowed to stay in the race.

"We are going to fight hard," he said in a speech to supporters Tuesday night after polls closed in California. "We are going to fight hard to win the primary in Washington, D.C. And then we take our fight for social, economic, racial and environmental justice to (the Democratic National Convention in) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

Sanders also slammed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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"The American people in my view will never support a candidate whose campaign theme is bigotry," Sanders said. "We will not allow Donald Trump to become president of the United States."

He added: "We understand that our mission is more than just defeating Trump; it is transforming our country. It is not acceptable that the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. We’re going to change that."

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The Vermont senator will meet with President Barack Obama on Thursday "to continue their conversation about the significant issues at stake in this election that matter most to America's working families," according to a White House statement released late Tuesday.

"I am pretty good at arithmetic," Sanders said. "I know that the fight in front of us is a very, very steep fight, but we will continue to fight for every vote and every delegate."

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