On Sunday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sat down with CNN’s Jake Tapper for an interview on “State of the Union.” Sanders argued that he was the better candidate for president as opposed to former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, even though to date he’s received fewer votes than her.
Tapper pressed Sanders, pointing out that at this point he thought it was unlikely he’d maintain enough delegates to gain the party nomination:
‘It seems unlikely that you’ll actually achieve the majority of the pledged delegates.’
Sanders obviously wasn’t taking any scoff from Tapper, replying:
‘I assume that most of the people who come to my rallies can do arithmetic. If I have 46 percent, she has 54 percent. The point that I was making is there’s something absurd when I get 46 percent of the delegates that come from real contests — real elections, and 7 percent of the super delegates.’
The Senator from Vermont went on to insist he’s the stronger candidate:
‘I am the stronger candidate because we appeal to Independents, people who are not in love with either the Democratic or the Republican Party.’
Tapper continued to press Sanders:
‘Should we assume that means that you believe the candidate who has the majority of pledged delegates by the end of this process should be the nominee?’
To which Sanders replied:
‘I understand that it’s an uphill fight to go from 46 percent where we are today to 50 percent in the nine remaining contests, I got that.’
The presidential hopeful went on to add that superdelegates should take an “objective look at which candidate is stronger.”
‘I’m not a fan of super delegates, but their job is to take an objective look at reality. So, we’ll see what happens.’
Sanders, clearly passionate about his campaign, raised his voice and exclaimed:
‘We are where we are right now! And where we are is we are fighting to win the pledged delegates. So before I can answer your question, let’s see what’s going to happen.’
Sanders also made a point of calling out current DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, whom he feels is largely biased in favor of Hillary Clinton:
‘Let me also say this, in all due respect to the current chairperson, if elected president, she would not be reappointed to be chair of the DNC.’
Clearly Sanders feels very passionately about his campaign, and his comments show that he doesn’t see the race as over just yet. He’s most obviously loyal to his supporters, and will continue to fight until the very end.
Watch the interview as featured on State of the Union below, via YouTube:
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