Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said in an interview broadcast early Sunday that she will listen to rival Bernie Sanders “when he’s ready to talk.”
“Well, certainly, we’re going to talk with him when he’s ready to talk, and listen to him. And we will take into account what he is asking for,” Clinton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think that’s part of the process.”
When asked by host Chuck Todd if she would be in favor of getting rid of superdelegates, however, Clinton said she would not negotiate with Sanders “today on your show.”
“I’m going to say, when it’s time, I am reaching out to do my part to try to unify the party. I expect him to do the same,” she added.
“I did that when I lost a much closer race to Sen. Obama. Because I knew that whatever our differences were, just as whatever our differences are between me and Sen. Sanders, they pale in comparison to [presumptive GOP presidential nominee] Donald Trump and the Republicans. And I think most of Sen. Sanders’s supporters understand that as well.”
Clinton did not directly call on the Vermont senator to drop out, saying instead that she will be the nominee.
“I think that Sen. Sanders has every right to finish off his campaign however he chooses,” Clinton said.
“I have far more pledged delegates. It was much closer between me and Sen. Obama. And I am going to be the nominee,” Clinton added. “And I want to spend a lot of my time, as you’ve seen me do, really taking on Trump. Because I find what he says, the kind of candidacy he’s presenting, to pose a danger to our country.”
Clinton also said she has been “vetted and tested” through her previous presidential campaign and is in a much stronger position to face Trump.
“Let me say that I don’t think he’s had a single negative ad ever run against him,” she said of Sanders.
When asked about a potential debate with Sanders, Clinton said: “I haven’t thought about it. We’ll consider it.”
source: The Hill, Ballot Box, By Evelyn Rupert, May 22, 2016