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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 
campaign.

   "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.


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