NBC host Chuck Todd speculated over the weekend that he may have conducted his last interview with Bernie Sanders as a presidential candidate.
In an interview that aired on Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press, Sanders admitted that he had a narrow path to defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“At the end of the day, you feel like you were giving a fair shot to this nomination?” Todd wondered.
“Yeah,” Sanders replied. “We took advantage the opportunities in front of us. We are in this race, we are not writing our obituary. We are in this race to California, and we’re proud of the campaign we ran.”
The NBC host pointed out that 16 of the 17 states with the highest levels of income inequality had voted for Clinton in primaries even though it had been the top issue for Sanders’ campaign.
“Because poor people don’t vote,” Sanders lamented. “I mean, that’s just a fact. That’s the sad reality of American society.”
“[If] Donald Trump is the nominee, do you have a responsibility to do what it takes to get your voters to support Hillary Clinton?” Todd asked.
“I will do everything that I can to make certain that Donald Trump is not elected president,” Sanders insisted. “But if that scenario plays out, the major responsibility will be on Secretary Clinton to convince all people — not just my supporters — that she is the kind of president this country needs to represent working people in this country, to take on the big money interests who have so much power.”
“I think she’s going to have to be very explicit about supporting a program that stands up for the needs of the middle class and working families,” the Vermont senator added. “Which most importantly makes it clear that she is prepared to take on Wall Street in a very clear way, take on the billionaire class, come up for a program that makes health care for all in this country a right within the next several years.”
Sanders conciliatory comments left Todd wondering if he had mentally conceded the race.
“Did we just hear, intentionally or not, the Bernie Sanders exit interview?” Todd concluded.
Watch the video below from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast April 24, 2016.
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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."