Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sat down with MSNBC's Kasie Hunt to talk about the 2020 race. One of the questions Hunt asked was simple: "If it's clear that you are not going to be the Democratic nominee, will you leave the race before the convention?"
Sanders refused to say what he would do.
“I intend to be the Democratic nominee,” Sanders said.
"Some people say that if maybe that system was not rigged against me [in 2016], I would have won the nomination and defeated Donald Trump. That’s what some people say. So I think we’re going to play it out,” he explained. “So our goal right now is to win it, and by the way, as you may know, poll after poll shows what against Trump? It shows me beating Trump by 8, 9, or 10 points. We’re going to beat Trump, we’re going to win the Democratic nomination."
Bernie faced backlash from Democrats back in 2016 when his campaign continued through the Democratic National Convention, even though it was apparent he didn't have enough delegates to secure the Democratic nomination.
He has long said the Democratic National Committee actively worked against his campaign, in favor of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He claimed the nominating process was "rigged" to favor Clinton, the mainstream candidate.
Bernie eventually – and begrudgingly – endorsed Clinton during the summer of 2016 and campaigned on her behalf for the last few months of the campaign.
This time around, Sanders has been considered a top-tier candidate, along with Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and former Vice President Joe Biden.
MSNBC's Kasie Hunt asks Bernie Sanders: “If it’s clear that you are not going to be the Democratic nominee, will you leave the race before the convention?”— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 26, 2019
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