After winning the Wyoming caucuses but leaving the state with no more pledged delegates than front-runner Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders said Sunday he still has a viable path to winning the Democratic nomination.
“Well, that’s what happens when you have proportional representation. But what is a path to the nomination is we have cut Secretary Clinton’s lead by one-third in the last month,” the Vermont senator told “Meet the Press.”
Sanders touted his chances in interviews across the networks Sunday and again questioned Clinton’s judgment. The front-runner refused to take the bait, telling CNN’s “State of the Union” she had no doubts about what kind of president Sanders would be.
“Well look, I’ve said repeatedly that I’d take him over Donald Trump or Ted Cruz any day.” But her praise for her opponent was measured: “I don’t have anything negative to say about him.”
The two candidates will face off in a debate in New York this week, days before the Empire State’s delegate-rich primary on April 19.
“Every state is must-win in a sense,” Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week,” arguing that a victory in New York would boost the campaign’s momentum going into other big states. Sanders chalked up Clinton’s lead to her performance in the South and argued that he’s doing better with independents.
Could he win the nomination without winning New York? “Absolutely,” Sanders told NBC, looking ahead to contests in Pennsylvania and California.
Sanders continued to make the case that his lead in general election match-ups would sway super delegates toward him. On Saturday, Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan, who faces a competitive re-election, announced that he would vote for Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. But winning a majority of pledged delegates, Sanders said, is still his strategy.
With the proportional allocation of delegates, that’s looking increasingly difficult, even with Sanders sweeping the past seven states. Clinton said Sunday she’s not preparing for a contested floor vote in Philadelphia. “I intend to have delegates that are required to be nominated,” she said on CNN.
Responding to attacks from the Sanders campaign that her foreign policy judgment, including her support for the war in Iraq, contributed to the rise of the Islamic State terrorist organization, Clinton disagreed.
“Well that is beyond absurd,” she said. “They’re saying a lot of things these days and I’m going to let them say whatever they choose to say.”
Sanders reiterated that he has his “doubts” about what kind of president Clinton would be, pointing to her support for trade agreements, her past support for fracking, and the contributions she has received from Wall Street through her Super PAC. “The American people do not believe that that is the kind of president that we need to make the changes in America to protect the working families of this country,” Sanders said.