After months of promising to fight all the way to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, the Sanders campaign now admits that they are not trying to convince the all-important superdelegates to support the Vermont senator. Campaign manager Jeff Weaver said there are no plans to do so in the near future either.
In an interview on “With All Due Respect,” Weaver said that Sanders is technically still a candidate, but there is no effort to call superdelegates and convince them to reverse their support of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.
The admission by the Sanders campaign seems to be a recognition of reality as even some of their superdelegates were switching their support to Clinton.
In the interview, Weaver also said the Democratic Party will be united coming out of the convention and that he will support the party’s nominee – somewhat surprising comments from a guy who at times sounded like a member of the “Bernie or Bust” crowd.
Although the Vermont senator has yet to formally withdraw from the race, it’s becoming increasingly clear that it’s game over. Sanders will be addressing his supporters in a live online video tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET, but it’s not yet clear what those remarks will consist of.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.