Two days following the State Department’s release of a damning report criticizing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified material and maintaining a private server, Vermont’s Bernie Sanders warned it would be an mammoth blunder to enlist Vice President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination should Clinton be forced from the race.
Asked for a reaction to the possibility of a Hillary Clinton indictment ushering the vice president into the Democratic race and anointed by the Democratic elite by The Young Turks‘ host Cenk Uygur, Mr. Sanders responded:
“I think that would be a terrible, terrible idea.”
“That would say to the millions of people who have supported us, that have worked with us, that would say all of your energy, all of your votes, all of your beliefs are irrelevant. We’re going to bring in someone else.”
“I happen to like Joe a lot, but I think that would be a very, very serious blunder for the Democratic Party.”
Rumors have persisted for months the former Secretary could face a possible criminal indictment thwarting her bid for the Democratic nomination, but speculation an outside candidate entering the race has not been openly discussed with Mr. Sanders remaining in the race.
A fierce critic of the Democratic Party’s nomination framework, particularly the existence of superdelegates, Mr. Sanders has successfully tapped into a primal feeling among his supporters the Democratic Party sponsors an inequitable selection structure.
Most evident in the recent Nevada Democratic convention, where 64 delegates loyal to the Vermont senator were shut out over specious registration claims, there are fears chaos may ensue at the party’s national convention in July over nomination concerns Mr. Sanders has expressed frequently and which are echoed by his followers.
Sanders has a valid point: National polling has consistently reflected the Vermont senator would defeat GOP challenger Donald Trump by 10 points.
[The Hill] [TYTNetwork.com] [RealClear Politics]