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Sanders appears to have conceded the Nomination to Hillary

"It doesn't appear that I'm gonna be the nominee"

 

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared to concede the nomination to Hillary Clinton today

Amid concerns that his Secret Service detail was costing the nation too much (4360,000 a day); Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the first time appears to have conceded. "It doesn't appear that i'm gonna be the nominee, he said on CSPN.

The fiesty 74 year old, speaking during a C-SPAN interview, said his presidential campaign is negotiating on an "almost on a daily basis" with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's entourage, urging them to stake out the most progressive positions she can on campaign finance reform, health care, higher education, the economy and raising the minimum wage.

Sanders said he and Clinton have had "real differences of opinion." But he said he'll do everything he can to defeat presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, who he said is "unfit" to be president, and to bring as many people into the political process as possible.

Meanwhille, new vote totals have also been released. They show that in terms of raw votes, Donald Trump got more than Hillary.

Numbers adjusted after June 14th, Democratic Primary in D.C.:

27,834,835 Democratic votes cast:

15,805,136 for Hillary= 56.781%

12,029,699 fro Bernie= 43.219%

28,584,625 Republican votes cast:

13,300,472 for Trump== 46.53%

7,637,262 for Cruz== 26.71%

4,165,281 for Kasich== 14.57%

3,481,610 for Rubio== 12.18%

Also Wednesday, Sanders announced he will give a speech in New York on Thursday on "where we go from here." He also paid a visit to the House floor, where Democratic members staged a sit-in to demand a vote on gun legislation.

During the interview, Sanders didn’t address the status of his campaign. But when asked whether he'll have a speaking role at the Democratic National Convention in July, he said, “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.”

He didn’t answer a question about whether he'll endorse Clinton but said there's no agreement for him to endorse her before he’s given a speaking slot at the convention.

“It would be nice to speak at the Democratic National Convention,” he said. “If they, for whatever reason, don’t want me to speak, so what? I expect that I will speak.”

Sanders was noncommittal when asked whether he would switch from being an independent to the Democratic Party, even though his campaign has said he is a Democrat and will remain one for life.

"Let’s see what happens right now," he said, adding that he's doing his best to develop a progressive platform.

Sanders said he’s working to revitalize American democracy and boost involvement in the Democratic Party through open party primaries that would allow independents to vote.

“I think it is fair to say, that the Democratic platform will be by far the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party” in terms of economics, climate change, criminal justice, immigration reform, higher education and many other areas, he said.

 

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