Repeating his vow to remain in the race for the Democratic nomination, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told CBS’ Face the Nation host John Dickerson he will not abandon the race until his Party’s nominating convention in July.
“We’re going to the convention; we are going to the convention. At the very least, if we do not end up winning the nomination, we’re going to fight to win it,” Sanders declared.
Sanders also pledged to do what is necessary to defeat GOP front-runner Donald Trump, stated he would give his all to see changes to rules harnessed in the Democratic Party’s primary process, particularly a change to guarantee open primaries, and criticized his Party’s nomination framework.
In a similar appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Sanders heaped scorn at his Party, calling the nomination system “unacceptable.”
“The current situation is undemocratic and it is ill-advised. Some 400 of Hillary Clinton’s superdelegates came on board her campaign before anybody else announced. It was anointment. And that is bad for the process,” the senator told Jake Tapper.
In contrast, in an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton told Chuck Todd Bernie Sanders has the right to “finish his campaign however he chooses.”
“I have far more pledged delegates. It was much closer between me and Sen. Obama. And I am going to be the nominee. And I want to spend a lot of my time, as you’ve seen me do, really taking on Trump. Because I find what he says, the kind of candidacy he’s presenting, to pose a danger to our country.”
Clinton added she is willing to talk to Sanders when “he is ready.”
Three appearances, two candidates and two entirely different outlooks.
For Senator Sanders, his quixotic bid has one final concentration of purpose: To utterly demolish political practices within his adoptive party which he has repeatedly asserted are designed to deny voters’ will and intend to exclude those who dare Hillary Clinton.
Once a single-issue candidate with the aim of dismantling Wall Street, Mr. Sanders’ ambition has swelled to include assigning the establishment class in Washington, D.C., to a life of near penury in the company with members of the financial class he reviles.
Described by some as a tireless revenge seeker, Mr. Sanders has raised justifiable concerns about the dishonest devices in the Democratic Party, which has afforded significant advantages to Hillary Clinton.
Unlike the truculent Senator Sanders, the sole beneficiary of Democratic largesse, Hillary Clinton, was a model of poise in her appearance with Chuck Todd. As she coolly brushed aside questions regarding her renowned untrustworthiness and queries about likely opponent Donald Trump, one was left with the impression she had finally freed herself of the anxiety which has plagued her since the Vermont senator upended her in the Michigan primary.
Overconfident in a political structure which smacks of manipulation, Hillary was sanguine in her appearance on Meet the Press: Refusing to acknowledge the existence of the Vermont senator, Hillary demanded Trump release his tax returns, but continues to rebuff requests to release texts of her Wall Street speeches for which she was paid princely sums.
Brushing aside questions relating to Sanders’ reminder she approved a debate prior to the California primary, Hillary answered she is willing to “talk” to the senator, which is her preferred method of saying “no” to her remaining rival and all but ends any substantive debate for the progressive Left.
Although Hillary sees daylight, she is still seething with anger.
Her refusal to debate is one final insult to the man who attempted to disrupt her pre-nomination party. The fact a career backbencher with little or no affiliation to the Democratic Party until 2015 ran such an extraordinary campaign, presented such a convincing challenge and often embarrassed Hillary in debates signals how weak and vulnerable a candidate she will be in the November election.
Although Bernie refuses to abandon his bid, Hillary’s article of faith the primaries would be a mere formality before her coronation turned into a real fight.
[Washington Post] [The Hill] [The Guardian]