Sen. Bernie Sanders waved the white flag and admitted defeat by never mentioning winning the Democratic nomination while congratulating Hillary Clinton on her four Tuesday primary wins.
In a statement, Sen. Sanders said:
I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight, and I look forward to issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come.
I am proud that we were able to win a resounding victory tonight in Rhode Island, the one state with an open primary where independents had a say in the outcome. Democrats should recognize that the ticket with the best chance of winning this November must attract support from independents as well as Democrats. I am proud of my campaign’s record in that regard.
The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be. That’s why we are in this race until the last vote is cast. That is why this campaign is going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform that calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, breaking up Wall Street financial institutions, ending fracking in our country, making public colleges and universities tuition free and passing a carbon tax so we can effectively address the planetary crisis of climate change.
Nowhere in his statement does Bernie Sanders mention winning the Democratic nomination. Instead, he is focused on shaping the agenda at the Democratic convention. The Sanders rationale for staying in the race is that he wants to gather as many delegates as possible so that he and his supporters can have a strong voice in shaping the party’s platform.
In other words, after a good run, Bernie Sanders is admitting that he can’t win the Democratic nomination.
The Sanders campaign should stay in the race until the end. Sen. Sanders has good ideas about fighting economic inequality and the billionaires who are trying to buy the government.
Bernie Sanders may not be the Democratic nominee, but his political revolution has just begun to fight.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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