Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins West Virginia primary Biden wins Georgia primary The Hill’s Campaign Report: It’s primary night in Georgia MORE (I-Vt.) mentioned he has “a greater relationship” with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police Biden fundraiser with Harris raises .5 million President sinks amid stumbles over protests MORE than he had with former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton: ‘Probably more differences’ than similarities between 1968 and 2020 Romney says he wants to be part of change between black voters and GOP Joe Biden’s ideal VP is Condoleezza Rice MORE.
Sanders, who was the No. 2 contender in every of the final two Democratic presidential primaries, informed The New Yorker in an interview printed Tuesday that he thinks he has a “stronger” and “nearer” relationship with Biden as a result of he’s identified the previous vp for about 14 years.
“I believe the distinction now could be that, between you and me, I’ve a greater relationship with Joe Biden than I had with Hillary Clinton,” Sanders mentioned. “And that Biden has been far more receptive to sitting down and speaking with me and different progressives than we now have seen prior to now.”
The previous 2020 contender mentioned he chats with Biden on the cellphone, and if he requests a name, Biden’s marketing campaign will set it up “inside a day or two.”
Sanders mentioned the previous vp has been “open and personable and pleasant, however his views and my views are very totally different, in some areas greater than others.” The Vermont progressive predicted Biden might be “moderately robust” on a push for a brand new economic system and mentioned Biden desires to be “as robust as potential” on local weather change.
The senator mentioned he’s ready to see what the six task forces, made up of his personal and Biden’s supporters, provide you with for agreements on the economic system, well being care, immigration reform, legal justice reform, training and local weather change insurance policies.
“Joe has been open to having his individuals sit down with a few of the most progressive of us in America, and that’s an excellent signal,” Sanders mentioned.
However Sanders mentioned he rejects the argument that he may have executed extra to get Clinton elected president 4 years in the past, saying he “did every little thing that I may in 2016” to get her into the White Home and transfer the Democratic Social gathering in a progressive path.
“There’s a fantasy on the market that every one a candidate has to say, whether or not it’s Bernie Sanders or anyone else, to hundreds of thousands of people that voted for her or him, is, ‘I would like you to do that,’ and each single individual goes to fall in line,” he mentioned. “That’s simply not the way in which it really works in a democracy. The truth is, that’s not the way in which it ought to work.”
Biden formally clinched the Democratic presidential nomination final week. Sanders dropped out of the race in early April after the previous vp developed a robust lead beginning with the South Carolina main and Tremendous Tuesday.
Democrats have criticized the Vermont progressive for not throwing sufficient help behind Clinton within the 2016 election, saying that helped result in President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcBath, Handel to face off in Georgia House rematch Trump thanks George P. Bush for his support: ‘Great honor’ Trump Jr.’s Mongolia hunting trip cost K in Secret Service protection MORE’s win.