Bernie Sanders acknowledged in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Thursday that he faces “a hard path” to win the Democratic presidential nomination—but maintained that he’s up to the challenge, asserting that “the people in every state in this country have the right to vote for the agenda that they want.”
“It’s not unrealistic,” he stressed, but “it’s a hard path, I admit that.”
“Look, if we do not have a majority, it’s gonna be…hard for us to win,” Sanders told reporter Andrea Mitchell in his first interview since losing the New York primary to rival Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. “The only fact that I think remains uncertain is if we continue to be running significantly stronger than she is against Donald Trump, or whoever the Republican nominee will be. I think that’s a factor.”
“I think there are a lot of Democrats out there who are scared to death—as I am—about the possibility of a Trump presidency,” Sanders continued. “And the Democrats, by and large, want to see the strongest candidate possible to take on and defeat Trump or some other Republican. At this point, according to virtually all of the polls, that candidate is me.”
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Indeed, several national polls have showed Sanders beating Trump by a larger margin than Clinton.
Mitchell then asked: “Will you help persuade your young followers, if [Clinton] wins the nomination, to follow her the way she campaigned for Barack Obama?”
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