Bernie Sanders is not saying no to the possibility of becoming Hillary Clinton’s vice president… but only if he doesn’t win the nomination first.
“Right now, we are focused on the next five weeks of winning the Democratic nomination,” Sanders told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday. “If that does not happen, we are going to fight as hard as we can on the floor of the Democratic convention to make sure that we have a progressive platform that the American people will support.”
“Then, after that, certainly Secretary Clinton and I can sit down and talk and see where we go from there.”
Asked if he would step aside if he were offered the VP slot now, Sanders said, “I think that that is a hypothetical that will not happen.”
While Sanders has no obvious path to win the nomination at this point given how far behind he is in the delegate count, Clinton has refrained from asking him to drop out of the race.
The Vermont senator has vowed to fight through the the party’s national convention in July in an effort to influence the party’s platform. But on Friday he insisted, “What’s most important is we defeat Donald Trump.”
“Hillary Clinton and I disagree on many issues — I think her judgement on the war in Iraq was bad, I think her judgement on trade policies where she supported virtually every one of these disastrous trade policies was bad, I think the fact that she supports a $12 minimum wage when clearly we need a $15 an minimum wage, I think that’s bad,” Sanders said. “I think her creating super-PACs and raising money from Wall Street and other powerful special interests, not a great idea.”