WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday he’ll do everything he can to stop a right-wing Republican president in November. But he stopped short of saying he would enthusiastically support Hillary Clinton if she’s the Democratic nominee.
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“That is totally dependent on what the Clinton platform is and how she responds to the needs of millions of Americans who are sick and tired of establishment politics and establishment economics,” Sanders told ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
“If Secretary Clinton is the nominee, she is going to have to make the case to the American people, not just to my supporters, but all Americans, that she is prepared to stand up to the billionaire class, she is prepared to fight for health care for all Americans, that she is prepared to pass paid family and medical leave, make sure that college is affordable for the young people in this country,” he said.
Sanders’ coolness comes as Clinton has increasingly called on Sanders supporters to unify behind her. In a town hall forum on Good Morning America last week, she reminded Democrats that she endorsed then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008 after he became the presumptive nominee, and rallied the party around him. “So I’m hoping that the same thing will happen this time,” she said.
But Sanders said it’s not that easy.
“I can’t snap my finger and tell people what to do. But what I will do is do everything that I can to make sure that somebody like a Donald Trump or some other right-wing Republican, does not become president of the United States,” he said. “We do not need more tax breaks for billionaires, more cuts to Social Security, Medicare, more ignoring the facts. Republicans don’t even accept the reality of climate change, let alone being prepared to do something about it.”.