Bernie Sanders held a news conference yesterday, where he talked about the future of his campaign. He talked about Superdelegates, and slammed those who vowed to vote for Hillary before there were even any other candidates in the race. Bernie talked about the Superdelegates and the way the media manipulated their use, saying this: "The media is in error when they lump superdelegates with pledged delegates. Pledged delegates are real, Hillary Clinton will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to win the Democratic nomination at the end of the nominating process on June 14. Won't happen. She will be dependent on superdelegates. The Democratic National Convention will be a contested convention." Bernie has talked here about the fact that Hillary will not reach the required number of delegates before the convention, and that the Democratic Party will hold a contested convention. There has been a lot of talk about a contested convention on the Republican side, but that talk has stopped since Donald Trump was able to clinch the amount of delegates needed to win with no contested convention. Hillary will almost certainly not be able to do that, and she will have to get enough Superdelegate votes to be the Democratic nominee. That was what Bernie talked about yesterday. Most people don’t know the difference between Superdelegates and pledged delegates, yet there is a massive one. Superdelegates have not even voted yet - they only vote in the convention. Most of those Superdelegates have said they support Clinton before any other candidate was in the race, something which Bernie has sharply and rightly criticized them for. The media has counted those Superdelegates, who haven't voted yet, in the pledged delegate count the entire race. That is a clear lie and manipulation of the viewers. Bernie’s plan is to tell the Superdelegates to vote for him, as he is the stronger candidate against Trump. Whoever will win, Bernie or Hillary, will need those Superdelegates to clinch the nomination. Bernie will have a hard time convincing them to change their vote, yet there is a possibility of that. He said this about his chances: "We understand that we have a steep climb, I'm not here to tell you that tomorrow we're going to flip 300 superdelegates. You don't hear me say that. But I am saying we are going to make the case." We will almost certainly have a contested convention, and probably quite a wild one. Whatever happens there, will be very interesting to see.
Bernie on Democratic National Convention
- June 12, 2016