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Bernie Sanders Dismisses Talk Of Dropping Out As ‘Absurd’

Senator Bernie Sanders scoffed at the idea that he should get out of the primary race before the Democratic Convention in the summer.

Sen. Sanders told Rachel Maddow that it “is absurd” to think he’d drop out of the race, and still contends he will beat Clinton in pledged delegates.

“When only half of the American people have participated in the political process, when some of the larger states in this country, people in those states have not yet been able to voice their opinion on who should be the Democratic nominee, I think it’s absurd for anybody to suggest that those people not have a right to cast a vote,” Sanders said.

“I am extremely proud that in state after state we are winning the votes of working people. So to suggest that we don’t fight this out to the end would be, I think, a very bad mistake.”

The Hill reports:

Obama urged a closed-door gathering of Democratic donors in Texas last week to rally around Clinton, saying Sanders’ campaign is nearing its end point, according to The New York Times.

The president has shied away from directly weighing in on the race to select his predecessor, though he has been perceived as preferring Clinton, who served in his cabinet as secretary of State.

Clinton, who picked up wins in five more states this week, has a big delegate lead, though Sanders has argued he will fair better in states that have yet to vote, including those in the West.

“People want to become engaged in the political process by having a vigorous primary and caucus process,” he insisted on MSNBC, suggesting staying in the race would contribute to large Democratic turnout in fall.

“I think we open up the possibility of having a large voter turnout in November and that is exactly what we need. A low voter turnout, somebody like a Trump can win. High voter turnout, the Democratic candidate will win.”

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  • WilliamNJ

    Actually OVER half of the American people have spoken Bern. Stop downplaying the losses. The handful of big states that you reference are going to either be so close that they don’t net you any significant delegates or Clinton will win them. That basically means the dozen or so smaller states have to be won by extremely lopsided margins. I don’t anticipate that is going to happen. I don’t advocate for you to drop out and yes, there is still a slim chance you could pull out a victory, but let’s be grown ups and acknowledge that it isn’t likely. Review the math. The math is not political. The math doesn’t lie. (I’m not even including the superdelegates, which aren’t going anywhere considering the success Hillary has had and the support she has from the party)