I ran for president to fight for our values—for who we are—and to beat Donald Trump. But I always promised that if I didn’t see a path to the nomination, I would end my campaign and focus my efforts on helping Democrats win across the board next November. That time has come.
Although this campaign is not ending the way we had hoped, I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished in just a few months. We ran on taking back patriotism from the Republican Party, and we drove the national conversation around foreign policy, mental health, gun reform, and national service.
None of that would have been possible without my family, my team, and our amazing supporters. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
I often say that in the men and women I served with in Iraq, I saw the best of America in the worst of circumstances. Well, I saw the same thing in this campaign. I saw Americans from all backgrounds, all races, all religions, standing up and fighting for our values because they believe in our country—even when it lets them down. Perhaps especially when it lets them down. Because that is when our country needs us most.
Running for president with you behind me has been one of the greatest honors of my life. But I’m focused on the future, and looking forward to what’s ahead. And most of all, I will be campaigning my ass off for whoever wins our nomination in 2020.
Thank you for everything.