Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has not decided whether he will endorse presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, contrary to what Vice President Joe Biden said recently (video below).
During an interview with NPR “Weekend Edition” host Rachel Martin, which is set to air on July 3, Biden said Sanders would be endorsing Clinton for president.
“Oh, I’ve talked to Bernie, Bernie’s going to endorse her, this is going to work out,” he said. “The Democrats are coalescing even before this occurs.”
In an interview with MSNBC on June 30, Sanders said that an endorsement for Clinton would not be coming from him at this time.
“I talked to Joe, I think it was three weeks ago,” he told host Chris Hayes. “On that issue, we are trying to work with Secretary Clinton’s campaign on areas that we can agree on where the people who supported me -- we got about 12, 13 million votes -- and what they want to see, whether it is on moving toward making public colleges and universities tuition-free, or moving very aggressively in terms of healthcare in moving us toward a universal healthcare system, significantly expanding primary health care. Those are the issues we’re working with Secretary Clinton on now and I hope we can be successful.”
When asked if he would ever endorse Clinton during her campaign for president, and not just state that he would vote for her in the election instead of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Sanders did not directly answer the question.
He instead explained why everything possible must be done to stop Trump.
“I’m going to do everything that I can to defeat Donald Trump,” he said. “I think for a variety of reasons, No. 1, he’s a pathological liar -- that’s not a good quality to have in a president. No. 2, he wants to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the top two tenths of one percent by repealing the estate tax. He thinks that climate change is a hoax.
“And maybe most importantly, we cannot have a president who goes around insulting Mexicans and Latinos, Muslims and women, and African Americans. That’s just outrageous. I’m going to do everything that I can to see that Donald Trump is defeated.”
Hayes pressed Sanders to answer whether doing everything he can to stop Trump from winning the election included attending rally’s for Clinton, as someone who endorses a candidate normally would.
“We’re trying to do everything we can right now to make the Democratic platform the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party,” Sanders said. “And by the way, we’re having good success. I want to see that continue.”
“We are working with the Clinton campaign, trying to be able to come forward and say to my supporters, ’you know what, here’s the progress we have made. Hear what Secretary Clinton is saying on this issue and that issue that means a whole lot to you,'” he said.
While Sanders is hopeful he will be able to tell his supporters that Clinton represents what they want, that time has not yet come.
“I hope we can reach that goal. We’re not there at this moment,” Sanders said.