In an interview that will air Wednesday on C-SPAN, Bernie Sanders admitted that he's probably not going to represent the Democratic party in the general election. "It doesn’t appear that I’m going to be the nominee, so I’m not going to determine the scope of the convention," Sanders said, according to the Washington Post. The Vermont senator also told C-SPAN's Steve Scully, "I've given a few speeches in my life. It would be nice to speak at the Democratic National Convention. If for whatever reason they don't want me to speak, then whatever. But I do think I'll speak at the convention."
Sanders has yet to officially drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination, even though Hillary Clinton passed the delegate threshold weeks ago and has widely been accepted as the party's presumptive nominee. Sanders has had high-profile, private meetings with Clinton and with President Obama. Sanders has intimidated that while he's committed to making sure Donald Trump doesn't become president, he's aiming to leverage his popularity into influencing the Democratic platform and party. During the C-SPAN interview, Sanders told Scully:
We are negotiating almost every day with the Clinton people and we want Secretary Clinton to stake out the strongest positions she can on campaign finance reform, on health care, on education — especially higher education — on the economy, on the minimum wage.
While he praised Clinton for fighting sexism, Sanders note "we have disagreements. She is clearly an establishment Democrat."
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