Bernie Sanders made a surprise appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Thursday to make a convincing case about why superdelegates should switch their votes to him.
The Vermont senator was the first “Mystery Guest” on “The Late Show’s Wheel of News” in which the talk show host grilled the candidate on why he should be the superdelegate pick.
“You say you are trailing in delegates behind Secretary Clinton and that superdelegates will switch from Ms. Clinton to you as you start winning more states. Why do you want the Democratic Party to be thrown into the kind of chaos we’ve seen on the Republican side where they will have a contested convention?” Colbert asked Sanders.
“Well, we have won six of seven of the last caucuses—most of them by a landslide—and I think the superdelegates should listen to the will of their people,” Sanders argued. “If you get 60, 70, 80 percent of the vote in a state, I think superdelegates should vote for us.”
Colbert continued to press the candidate, highlighting how the current process sustains order and control within the party —something the Republicans desperately wish they had.
Sanders hit the nail on the head by acknowledging how populism is sorely lacking in the party.
“I think what we need in the Democratic Party is some democracy,” Sanders said. “And when we are defeating Donald Trump in the last polls by 15 or 20 points, and when we are the strongest in taking on any Republican candidate, I would hope that superdelegates take a look at who the strongest Democratic candidate is, and that’s me.”
While Sanders articulates his point well, the likelihood that superdelegates will change their vote choice seems to be a long shot as many have vowed to maintain their loyalties to Clinton despite how he fares in the primaries.
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