Sanders vows to fight on following loss to Clinton in Pa.
Hillary Clinton may have won the Pennsylvania Democratic primary election, according to preliminary returns, but Bernie Sanders said he is not ready to give up the fight.
“I know my path is narrow, I admit it, but the path is there, and am I going forward,” Sanders told the Tribune-Review.
He said he does not anticipate stopping; instead, he plans to head straight to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia in July.
While Clinton and Sanders are relatively close in the elected delegate count, Sanders admits Clinton is far ahead of him in the crucial superdelegate tally.
“She has all of the superdelegates' support,” Sanders said. “I think that my job is to convince the superdelegates which candidate will be a stronger candidate against Donald Trump.
“I really think we can make that case: If you look at the polls, in almost every one we do better against Donald Trump than she does,” Sanders said.
Clinton, meanwhile, told the Trib she is ready to steer her campaign away from the sometimes raucous primary contest toward staking her place in history as the first female presidential nominee for any major political party.
She not only wants to unify her party and bring Sanders supporters into the fold, but she also wants to let Republicans and independent voters know she has a candidacy that welcomes everyone.
Clinton candidly admits that is a tall order.
“It begins with recognizing the real legitimate concerns that everyday Americans have. … I am convinced they feel left out, left behind and they don't think that anyone in politics or in the economy cares about them,” she said.
Clinton said she will make the case that she will knock down barriers that stand in the way of people living up to their potential.
“I think that it is fair to say that we did a much better job of getting that done in the 1990s when Bill (Clinton, her husband) was president,” she said, noting the Great Recession knocked the wind out of a lot of people.
Clinton said we are slowly just getting out of the big ditch we were in and it is time for us to start working together creating jobs that can't be exported: “Jobs infrastructure, manufacturing and in renewable energy,” she said.
Clinton's biggest concern, she said, is how we can all conduct not just better politics, but better personal relationships. “We need to treat each other with respect, and yes, with more kindness and even love,” Clinton said.
She stressed she wants to run a presidential campaign “to do all the good that we can” heading into the November election.
Salena Zito is a Tribune-Review staff writer.