Hillary Clinton said Bernie Sanders was not the “strongest nominee” for Democrats to accept President Donald Trump this fall, but she stopped subscribing to Joe Biden about her primary rival in 2016.
“I don’t think he’s our strongest nominee against Donald Trump,” Clinton told CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
But she said that her remark about Sanders, who had challenged her four years ago for the Democratic nomination, should not be interpreted as an approval for Joe Biden.
“I don’t endorse it,” Clinton said.
Hillary Clinton said Bernie Sanders was not the “strongest nominee” for Democrats to include President Donald Trump this fall
Clinton and Bernie Sanders competed for the 2016 nomination and some Democrats complained that the Vermont senator stayed in the race for too long and damaged Clinton in the general election
The former Secretary of State has long been critical of Sanders’ candidacy, but her comments weigh more heavily on the fact that it is essentially up to Vermont’s senator and former vice-president. There is no clear path for Tulsi Gabbard to win the number of delegates she needs for nomination.
Clinton also indicated that Biden could suffer the same fate as she did in 2016, because she was politically damaged in a long, long-term primary trial.
Many Democrats were angry with Sanders four years ago for not leaving the race once Clinton was on track to win the nomination, claiming it had damaged her for the general election.
Sanders supporters complained that party officials are rigging the process to ensure Clinton’s appointment.
Clinton warned of a possible repeat scenario.
“I think what Joe’s victories have shown on Super Tuesday is that he is building the kind of coalition that I actually had. It is a broad coalition. I’m done, you know, most of the work I had to do for the nomination on Super Tuesday, and then it got stuck a little, “she said.
Sanders said on Sunday that he would not be stuck in the race if it could not be warned, but he also noted that the next two Tuesdays have large states.
“Look, we’ll fight for every vote that we can, as we are – trying to win this election. I’m not a masochist who wants to stay in the race that can’t be won, “he said on ABC’s” This Week. “
‘But now that is a bit premature. Let’s not determine what will happen on Tuesday, what will happen in the future, “he said.
The Vermont senator also claimed that he was the strongest candidate to beat Trump in November.
“I believe we are the strongest campaign to defeat Donald Trump, A, because we have a grassroots movement that is unparalleled, B, because we have a voice record that speaks about the needs of working families,” he said in the state from CNN. of the Union. ”
Michigan and five other states vote Tuesday. Then Florida, Ohio, Illinois and Arizona are among the states that vote on March 17.
The former state secretary also said that she hoped that if Sander was the nominee, Sanders would support the former vice-president and complained that she generally had no support for her. She also pointed out that she supported Barack Obama after defeating her in the 2008 Democratic primary.
‘I hope so, because his failure and the behavior of many of his top assistants, and certainly many of his supporters – until the convention, at the convention and even until election day were not useful. I thought we would unite, that was what we had always done before, and that was what I expected. I certainly tried that when I ran into Barack Obama and worked very hard for him. So I don’t know what his plans are, whether the people around him are planning. I can only hope that they understand that we all need a single goal to defeat Donald Trump. There is nothing more important, “Clinton said.
Clinton said she hoped the eventual Democratic candidate would choose a female running mate
Clinton stopped subscribing to Joe Biden, but said she thought he could unite the Democratic Party
Clinton admitted that “I will support the Democratic Party nominee.”
She also said she would like to see a woman as the vice-presidential candidate, but said the decision was up to the final candidate.
“I let everyone who is a candidate make that decision. So many factors play a role. Personally I would like to have a woman on the ticket, finally – again. We have had two female vice-presidential candidates – one for the Democrats, one for the Republicans. But it is clear that I would like to keep that moving, and it would actually happen in this election that someone would be the first female vice-president, “she said.