Hillary Clinton dismissed the perception that she would have to cater to Bernie Sanders’ ideals to woo his fans if she wins the nomination.
During MSNBC’s town hall moderated by Rachel Maddow, the former U.S. secretary of state said that as her only opponent in the Democratic Party, it was Senator Sanders’ responsibility to bring her support, unconditionally, in a general election.
“Well, let’s look what happened in 2008 because that’s the closest example. Then-Sen. Obama and I ran a really hard race. It was so much closer than the race right now between me and Sen. Sanders. We had pretty much the same amount of popular vote, by some measures I had slightly more popular vote, he had slightly more pledged delegates,” Clinton said. “We got to the end in June and I did not put down conditions. I didn’t say, you know what, if Sen. Obama does X, Y and Z, maybe I’ll support him. I said ‘I am supporting Sen. Obama.’”
The statement comes in wake of Sanders’ appearance on MSNBC.
“I think if we end up losing, I hope we do not, and if Secretary Clinton wins… it is incumbent upon Secretary Clinton to reach out not only to my supporters but to all of the American people with an agenda that they believe will represent the interest of working families, lower income people, middle class, those of us who are concerned about the environment and not just big money interests,” Sanders said to Chris Hayes.
Yet, Clinton persists she will not bow down to the demands of her opponent and suggests Sanders follow her 2008 example and unify his followers behind her.
“When I withdrew in June of 2008, polls were showing that at least 40 percent of my supporters said, oh, they weren’t going to support Sen. Obama,” Clinton said. “So I had to get to work, and I had to make the case.”
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