The Democratic candidates fell like dominos, one after another. There are two strong contenders left, along with a couple of weaker ones. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), just trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, announced he would also drop out of contention if Biden ends up with the most delegates.
Speaking with Rachel Maddock on MSNBC on Wednesday, March 4, socialist democrat Sanders from Vermont has been on a wild ride, just a week ago he seemed unstoppable in his bid for the nomination, however, Biden has made a comeback from almost being dead in the water.
“If, at the end of the day, it turns out that Vice President Biden is going to have more delegates than you do heading into the convention, will you drop out?” Maddow asked Sanders.
“Of course I’m gonna drop out; he will win,” Sanders responded, reported BPR.
“I mean, I suspect, we will run through the process, and I think people have a right to vote. But if Biden walks into the convention, or at the end of the process has more votes than me, he’s the winner,” he said, later correcting himself for using the term “votes” rather than “delegates.”
“And that’s true whether or not he has a majority or just a plurality?” Maddow asked.
“Absolutely,” Sanders confirmed.
“That’s what I’ve said. Here’s the story, and there’s some confusion about this: Last time around in 2016 you talked about 2016, you remember before the very first vote was cast in Iowa, Hillary Clinton had 500 superdelegates set aside. 500 superdelegates. I thought that was totally outrageous and absurd and undemocratic,” he related.
“We fought very hard in the Democratic rules process to get rid of all superdelegates. That is my preference. I think it should be the decision of the people, not Washington insiders,” he added.
“We lost, but what we did get is not getting rid of all superdelegates at convention voting but on the first ballot there will be no superdelegates,” Sanders explained.
“In other words, we go into the first ballot, it is representatives, delegates who are represented by the people, and I think that that’s right,” he continued.
“And what I have said is I think it would be a real, real disaster for the Democratic Party if, you know, I’m running against you and you have more votes than me and I say, well, wait a second, I don’t want Rachel. I want somebody else who didn’t get as many votes as she did, let’s count the superdelegates’ vote on the second ballot,” he said.
“You know what that would do to the Democratic electorate? People would say the person who got the most votes didn’t get selected,” he added.
“Most delegates,” Maddow corrected Sanders.
“Most delegates, I’m sorry, most delegates,” he replied.