Bernie Sanders acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that he will likely not be the Democratic presidential nominee.
“It doesn’t appear that I’m going to be the nominee, so I’m not going to be determining the scope of the convention,” Sanders said in an exclusive interview with C-SPAN.
He added that he would continue “negotiating” with rival Hillary Clinton, who secured the delegates necessary to clinch the Democratic nomination on June 6. “What our job is now is to have her listen to what millions of people in this country who supported me want to see happen,” he said. “We’ll see how that evolves.”
Sanders’ interview came before a planned speech in New York City on Thursday titled “Where We Go From Here,” where he is expected to address the future of his campaign and his ongoing efforts to bring meaningful change to the Democratic Party.
The Vermont senator added that he was pleased with how far his campaign had come.
Sanders has not yet confirmed whether he will endorse or campaign for Clinton. He did express his admiration for her on Wednesday, however, saying, “She has clearly had to fight her way through a lot of sexism and unfair attacks over the years.”
Sanders and Clinton met last week to discuss the future of the Democratic Party.
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The senator noted in a live online address last week that he would work with Clinton to defeat presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. “The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly,” he said. “And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time.”
As the senator reflected on his campaign, he admitted that “the overwhelming majority” of Democrats seemed to be supporting Clinton in the race.