Bernie Sanders acknowledged Sunday he has a “narrow path” to the Democratic nomination, but he plans to take that small opening and continue his presidential campaign.
“We’re going to give the people in every state of this country the right to determine who they want to see president of the United States, what kind of agenda they want,” Sanders said on CNN’s “State of Union.”
Asked if he has a path to the nomination, Sanders said, “I’m not going to tell you that it’s easy, but I think we do.”
Sanders noted polls show he has a chance to win many of the states that have yet to hold their primaries, including California. He also cited polls showing he fares better than Hillary Clinton when matched against Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sanders acknowledged he would have to win big in the remaining primary states. However, he was adamant he’s not giving up.
“We are not writing our obituary,” Sanders said. “We are in this race to California.”
California’s primary is not until June 7. Next up are primaries in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland and Delaware, on Tuesday.
Clinton supporters believe a strong performance Tuesday effectively could clinch the nomination for the former secretary of state.
“I’ve always thought Connecticut wasn’t going to be a runaway, but I feel more confident now than I have in the past about her chances,” Sen. Christopher S. Murphy said in an interview. “And look, you know, Connecticut looked to be the closest of the five states on Tuesday so you know, a win in Connecticut might be a sweep.”
Asked on “This Week” if he would make an enthusiastic case for Clinton if she wins the nomination, Sanders said: “That is totally dependent on what the Clinton platform is and how she responds to the needs of millions of Americans who are sick and tired of establishment politics and establishment economics.
“I can’t snap my finger and tell people what to do, but what I will do is do everything that I can to make sure that somebody like a Donald Trump or some other right-wing Republican does not become president of the United States.”
Sanders commented on Clinton’s selection of a vice presidential candidate. Her campaign reportedly has begun vetting potential running mates.
“If she is the nominee, I would hope that she puts together the strongest progressive agenda ... and if she has a candidate for vice president who is prepared to carry that mantle, prepared to engage in that fight, I think that would be a very good thing for her campaign,” Sanders said.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on “Fox News Sunday” the Democratic primary race has been far less contentious and divisive than the Republican contest but she has advised the candidates to start toning down their attacks on each another.
“What I have cautioned over the last several weeks,” she said, “is that we need to make sure that the rhetoric that each candidate uses is such that it doesn’t make it more difficult for us to reunify.”