Bernie Sanders: The Concept of Superdelegates Is Problematic
Senator Bernie Sanders has said that the entire concept of superdelegates in the Democratic party is problematic. Superdelegates are party officials who aren’t elected but whose votes carry the same sway as pledged delegates awarded in the election, and are unique to the Democratic party.
“The whole concept of superdelegates is problematic,” Sanders told CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday.
“[If] it appears that I am the stronger candidate against Trump, I think you’re doing to see some superdelegates saying, ‘You know what, I like Hillary Clinton, but I want to win this thing. Bernie is our guy.'”
The Hill reports:
The Vermont senator said he thinks it would be a good idea for superdelegates to come over to his side in states where he has won by a significant margin.
“I think it might be a good idea for superdelegates to listen to the people in their own state,” he said.
“I just talked to a person the other day who said, ‘You know what? I am going to listen to my state, and if my state votes for you, Bernie, you’re going to have my vote.'”
Sanders said that’s something he hopes a lot of superdelegates take into consideration, adding that it’s “common sense” to listen to the voters.
The superdelegates have the right to make their own decisions, he said, adding that the primary objective is making sure a Republican does not win the White House.