By refusing to say that he is still an active candidate for president, Sen. Bernie Sanders admitted that his campaign was all but officially over.
When asked if he is still an active candidate for president, Sen. Sanders answered:
Well, let me say this. I am doing everything that I can and will continue to do everything that I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become President Of The United States. I think this man in a dozen different ways is not fit to become president. I think the idea that he is running a campaign based on bigotry. Insulting Mexicans, Muslims, women, it’s hard to believe that is really happening in the year 2016. So I am going to do everything that I can to make sure that he is not elected President Of The United States.
I will be meeting with Sec. Clinton on Tuesday evening I believe, and we will be chatting about her campaign, and I simply want to get a sense of what kind of platform she will be supporting. Whether she will be vigorous in standing up for working families and middle class, moving aggressively in climate change, healthcare for all, making public colleges and universities tuition free, and after we have that kind of discussion we can determine whether or not we are going to have a strong and progressive platform I will be able to make other decisions.
Sen. Sanders didn’t answer the question, but his comments suggest that he wants to see where Hillary Clinton stands on the issues that have been the center of his campaign before officially closing it down and endorsing her.
What Sen. Sanders is doing is negotiating for the platform. The only real difference between the two candidates on the items that he listed was free college. Clinton wants to make college debt free, and Sanders wants public colleges and universities to be tuition free. I could easily see Clinton and Sanders meeting in the middle on that issue because they both agree that college must be made more affordable.
Sanders is leaving open the possibility that he will still be an active candidate later, but the reality is that his refusal to say that he is an active candidate currently means that his campaign is pretty much done.
The final dance that is leading up to Sen. Sanders ending his campaign and endorsing Sec. Clinton is underway.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and 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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