Sanders: Bid for Nomination Not Over 05/04 06:20
Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that his primary bid against Hillary Clinton was
far from over, pointing to his victory in Indiana and strength in upcoming
races as a sign of his durability in the presidential campaign.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that his primary bid against
Hillary Clinton was far from over, pointing to his victory in Indiana and
strength in upcoming races as a sign of his durability in the presidential
"I know that the Clinton campaign thinks this campaign is over. They're
wrong," Sanders said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from
New Albany, Indiana. "Maybe it's over for the insiders and the party
establishment but the voters today in Indiana had a different idea."
Sanders spoke to the AP after he defeated Clinton in Indiana's primary,
predicting that he would achieve "more victories in the weeks to come" in West
Virginia, Kentucky, Oregon and California. The Vermont senator acknowledged
that he faced an "uphill climb" to the Democratic nomination but said he was
"in this campaign to win and we are going to fight until the last vote is cast."
Sanders' win in Indiana likely won't make much of a dent in Clinton's lead
of more than 300 pledged delegates. Clinton is still more than 90 percent of
the way to clinching the Democratic nomination when the count includes
superdelegates, the elected officials and party leaders who are free to support
the candidate of their choice.
Sanders said in the interview that he would be the best-positioned Democrat
to take on Republican Donald Trump, who is now the likely Republican nominee
after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out of the race. "There is nothing more I
would like than to take on and defeat Donald Trump, someone who must never
become president of this country."
Sanders said he had no intention to drop out of the race and rejected the
notion that his criticism of Clinton's record on issues like trade, campaign
finance and the Iraq war would help Trump.
"There is nothing that I have said about Secretary Clinton that the
Republicans are not more than aware of. They must have dozens and dozens of
opposition researchers," Sanders said. "They will go into areas that I have
chosen not to go into. They will be talking about emails. They will be talking
about the Clinton foundation."
Sanders said he wants to debate Clinton in California later this month,
noting that both campaigns had reached an agreement in principle to hold the
forum in the nation's largest state.