A statement issued by the Sanders campaign said that the Vermont Senator had a positive discussion with Clinton about how best to bring more people into the political process and about the “dangerous” threat that Trump poses to the US.
The more meaningful Democratic activity in Washington on Tuesday will be the private meeting between Clinton and Sanders.
Washington’s primary was an afterthought, as Clinton last week reached the magic number of delegates needed to lock up the nomination.
The former Secretary of State obtained 79% of the vote in the USA capital, totaling 2,784 delegates compared to 1,877 of Sanders.
In Tuesday’s primary, twenty delegates were at stake as it was open only to registered Democrats.
“I want to hear what’s on his mind”, she said, “what he wants to see in our general election, in our convention, what he wants to see our Congress do if we get the votes to be able to take action in the future and how we can work together”.
Sanders advisors reportedly told the New York Times that the Vermont Senator did not feel pressured to rush to endorse the presumptive nominee, but rather wants her to prove her progressive commitments in the coming weeks to see if she will win over his support. Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey said Sanders ultimately “can, I think, and will, play a constructive role in making sure Secretary Clinton wins”.
That means based on primaries and caucuses, Clinton has least 2,217 pledged delegates to Sanders’ 1,830. This is the way to keep his movement alive – or an attempt to – without instantly alienating his core supporters, Sanders aides say.
Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute, a pro-labor group, called it a “welcome development” that policymakers and candidates “now understand that stagnant wages are a critical economic challenge”.
Sanders’ demands for reforms to the nominating process included same-day voter registration; adequate resources to timely count ballots; elimination of closed nominating contests, in which a voter must be registered as a Democrat or Republican to participate; and doing away with superdelegates, who are unelected but pledge support to a candidate.
Though Sanders has not officially bowed out of the race, his focus in recent days has shifted from pursuing a long-shot strategy to wrest the nomination from Clinton to finding ways to advance the agenda he has championed.
Sanders is scheduled to address supporters live via webcast Thursday.
Because of his delegate strength, Sanders will go into the convention with enough clout to push for certain planks in the Democratic platform and for changes in the way the party nominates its presidential candidates going forward.
Despite his loss in the Democratic primary, the self-professed democratic socialist has vowed to take his campaign all the way to the party’s convention in Philadelphia at the end of next month.
“U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said Tuesday he favors a federal ban on weapons sales to those on the U.S. terrorist watch list, even though he voted against a similar proposal previous year”, the Plain Dealer writes.
Sanders and his supporters have mobilized an army of volunteers and workers who have injected enormous vitality and inspiration into the Democratic Party.
Both campaigns indicated that several of the policy issues important to Sanders came up in Tuesday night’s meeting.
As for DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, she refused to 100% guarantee that she would remain in her job through November, per her interview on “MTP Daily” yesterday.
We need major, major changes in the Democratic Party, he said.
Of course, there is also the fact that he, you know, lost.