Sanders Backs Away From Potential Support For Hillary


Bernie Sanders will not answer the question five times: Will he support Hillary Clinton? Are there conditions for him to support her?

CHUCK TODD: Very quickly, in a web interview last week, you seemed to set some parameters of some things, of demands that you would have of Hillary Clinton if she was the nominee, that she support Medicare for all, a single-payer, $15 minimum wage, free public college, and that that's what it would take to earn your support and your supporters' support. Is that correct? If she doesn't sign onto Medicaid for all--

BERNIE SANDERS: No it's not.

CHUCK TODD: --for instance, you won't support her as the nominee?

BERNIE SANDERS: No, no. I think that's a misinterpretation of what I said. Those are my views. And I think those are the positions that are imperative that we move forward toward for the betterment of the middle class and working families of this country. I think--

CHUCK TODD: But you'll support her if she doesn't share your views on that?

BERNIE SANDERS: I did not say that. No, I did not say that. I did say that it's absurd we remain the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all people and paid family and medical leave. We have got to change that.

CHUCK TODD: Is there conditions for you to support her?

BERNIE SANDERS: Right now, I am running to become President of the United States and I hope very much, Chuck, that you will be asking her that question.

CHUCK TODD: I understand that and I will the next time I have her. But are there conditions for your support of her if she's the nominee.

BERNIE SANDERS: Look, it's too early to talk about that. Right now, we have a lot of momentum. We're focusing on Wisconsin, New York State. We have a path to victory. We are going to win this nomination process.

CHUCK TODD: All right, Bernie Sanders. I will leave it there. Senator Sanders, thanks for coming on. Stay safe on the trail, sir.

BERNIE SANDERS: Thank you very much.

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