Two delegates for Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont insisted he could still be the nominee of the Democratic Party on July 26 (video below).
Delegates Kate Larson and Jason Brown were interviewed by MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, notes Mediaite.
"We're gonna do everything we can for our candidate," Brown said. "We represent half the Democrats in the state of Iowa, and we're going to do the right thing for them."
Ruhle reminded Brown that Sanders lost Iowa, and how it is not mathematically possible for him to win the Democratic nomination.
"Half of Iowa elected Bernie Sanders and the ideals that he believes in," Larson insisted. "So, we were elected from District One to do a job, to represent not only Bernie Sanders for president, but the ideals that he carries on."
Ruhle asked Larson and Brown about the Sanders delegates who disrupted the opening prayer at the DNC.
"Actually, I thought it was disrespectful to have the prayer have an endorsement for Secretary Clinton," Brown countered.
"She’s the nominee," Ruhle stated.
"But technically not yet," Brown added.
"Mathematically it impossible today, as it was weeks ago, for Bernie Sanders to get the nomination. So why would it say, technically, this is Hillary Clinton’s show. Bernie Sanders himself asked you last night, 'Step down.'Sarah Silverman, who is a Bernie or bust, said, 'You are being ridiculous.' So help me understand, what’s the point?"
Brown said Sanders "did get the majority of caucus votes in our district."
"But he's turned the page, should we not believe," Ruhle replied. "Bernie Sanders, he built the fire, he lit it. And now he’s saying, 'Guys, time to put it out.' Are you listening to your candidate?"
Larson told Ruhle, "I would argue that he is not saying that we put anything out. He is saying we need to continue and fight harder."
"For Hillary Clinton," Ruhle said. "He said that last night."
"For progressive candidates," Larson insisted. "And we've made a lot of progress, and we do have some faith that she has gone father left and will support things that we care about."
Larson went on to say that July 26 was Sanders' night, and that his delegates wanted to be recognized for what they had done. Larson also complained that the speeches were about electing Clinton.
"But we are, excuse me," Ruhle interrupted. "This is a convention for the next president of the United States. If you want to take your support for possible politicians, who have your progressive values, why not take those efforts and that money to people running for other offices. Hillary Clinton is the expected nominee."
Brown insisted that Sanders "is still a candidate, he has not released his delegates and we're going to do everything we can for our candidate."
It's not required that Sanders release his delegates for Clinton to be the nominee as she has enough.
Brown added that they were going to work for progressive Democrats.
Vice President Joe Biden told the media on July 26 in Philadelphia that Sanders supporters will vote for Clinton, notes Politico, even though some have said they would not and have chanted, "Lock her up!" just as Republicans did at their convention a week ago.
"They're going to be fine," Biden stated. "Look, they worked hard. We got to show a little class and let them be frustrated for a while. It's OK."
Biden insisted they are "all going to end up voting for Hillary," and added: "Come on, man. Do you think any of these guys are going to walk in and vote for Trump? Raise your hand if you think any of the people who are protesting or hollering are going to vote for Trump."