Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that he’ll meet Tuesday with presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton to talk about how she’d run the country if elected in November but indicated he has no plans to quit the race before the party’s July convention.
“What we will talk about exactly is what kind of platform we have and… what kind of administration she will have,” the Vermont senator told ABC’s “This Week.”
Sanders is facing increasing pressure to end his campaign to create party unity in the general election race against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, especially since Clinton last week got enough delegates to clinch the nomination.
However, Clinton needed the help of superdelegates -- those who have pledged their convention vote to Clinton and whom Sanders hopes to win over in the coming weeks.
At a press conference late Sunday outside Sanders’ Burlington, Vermont, home, the candidate made clear his campaign is still alive.
“We're taking our campaign to the convention. We're good at arithmetic,” said Sanders, despite trailing Clinton by more than 500 superdelegates.
Sander also said he looks forward to talking to Clinton but that he needs to know whether she’ll embrace two key parts of his campaign platform -- standing up “forcefully” for working families and taking on Wall Street and other “big money influences.”
More specifically, Sanders told ABC that he wants Clinton to commit to a progressive tax system that makes big banks and billion-dollar-a-year corporations “pay their fair share of taxes” to help America’s under-class with health care costs and other needs.
Sanders also said he wants Clinton to push for free tuition at public colleges and universities, on which both agree, despite different plans.
The self-described democratic socialist also seemed to discredit arguments that staying in the race, which includes the final Democratic primary Tuesday in the District of Columbia, will hurt Clinton’s chances of winning the general election.
“What my head is on right now is do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump, to do everything I can to make sure that the Democratic Party transforms itself into becoming a grassroots party that represents working people and young people, and not just a party that goes out raising money from the wealthy,” Sanders said.