In an interview broadcast earlier today, Bernie Sanders all but conceded defeat to Hillary Clinton in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“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 during a taped C-SPAN interview.
Sanders went on to say that Clinton should pick “the most progressive candidate that she can find” to be her running mate. A handful of candidates, though not Sanders, are reportedly being considered.
“I think it would be a terrible mistake to go to a candidate who has roots in Wall Street or was backed by Wall Street,” he said.
Sanders met with Clinton on June 14th at a hotel in D.C. just blocks from the White House but has yet to formally endorse the former secretary of State for president.
He has yet to officially suspend his presidential bid, saying he’ll push to leave a mark on the Democratic platform at the party’s national convention in July.
Many top Democrats, including President Obama and Vice President Biden, endorsed Clinton as their presumptive presidential nominee June 9th after her wins in the California and New Jersey.
Sanders said he expects to speak at the convention next month and “will do everything that I can” to defeat Donald Trump in November.
He praised Clinton’s intelligence but said, “There are areas where we have strong disagreements.”