Bernard Sanders stormed late night television Wednesday night and explained why he is not simply a novelty presidential contender.
“If you look at polls out there, it turns out that in many of the polls I am doing better than Hillary is against Donald Trump,” the Vermont senator said on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
According to the RealClearPolitics polling average, Sanders leads Trump in a general election match-up by an average of 5.2 percentage points, compared to an average lead for Hillary over Trump of 2.5 percentage points.
Kimmel’s show is being shot before a live audience in Brooklyn this week and Sanders earned roughly a dozen loud ovations during his seven minute appearance.
“Number two, when Republicans win — God forbid — when they win, Jimmy, voter turnout is very low,” Sanders said while continuing to explain why he is electable. “We’ve got millions of people that are really discouraged and have given up on the political process. We have brought out in this campaign over 250,000 people to meetings, we have 650,000 individuals have contributed to our campaign, we have a real grassroots campaign.
Sanders predicted that if he is the Democratic nominee, he would not only win the White House, but sweep Democrats into office all across the country.
“I believe that if I am the Democratic nominee, you’re going to see voter turnout go way up,” he declared. “I think we’re going to win the White House. I think we recapture the Senate. We do well in the House. We win governors’ chairs. Our job is not just to defeat Republicans, our job is to revitalize American democracy, bring people who have given up on the political system back into the system and create a government which represents them rather than large campaign donors.”
See the full interview above.