Speaking Monday, U.S. Senator Jack Reed echoed calls for unity among Democrats in the lead up to the presidential election. But Reed stopped short of saying it's time for fellow Senator Bernie Sanders to drop out of the Democratic nominating contest.
"That’s a decision that Senator Sanders is going to have to make," Reed said "But I think it should be clearer and clearer to him that we have to be a united party to be successful in November."
Reed expressed confidence that Democrats would come together around a single candidate following the party's convention in July. He also responded to criticism from some Sanders supporters, who called the nominating process confusing and unfair.
"The system has been very clear for many years. Superdelegates are there to make the best judgment they feel," Reed said. "I think the system tries and it does balance individuals who are party leaders together with, in the case of Rhode Island, an open primary, where even independents can come in and vote."
As a superdelegate, Reed has pledged his support to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, even though she lost Rhode Island's Democratic primary to Sanders, 55 percent to 43 percent. Reed said he hopes that Sanders will be part of the Democratic coalition moving forward after the July convention in Philadelphia.