Vice President Joe Biden spilled the beans in a radio interview set to air on Sunday that Bernie Sanders was preparing to endorse his former Democratic primary rival. The only problem: it was news to Sanders.
“I've talked to Bernie, Bernie's going to endorse her, this is going to work out. If you have already noticed, that same polling data you referenced is that Democrats are coalescing even before this occurred,” said Biden said in an interview with Rachel Martin, host of NPR's Weekend Edition.
Appearing on MSNBC's "Up With Chris Hayes" several hours later, Sanders confirmed the two spoke “three weeks ago,” but dispelled any hope of an imminent endorsement.
“Look, on that issue, we are trying to work with Secretary Clinton's campaign on areas that we can agree on, where the people who supported me, we got about 12, 13 million votes, and what they want to see,” in terms of their signature issues, such as tuition-free college and expanding primary health care.
Getting to an endorsement is a goal, but Sanders admitted "we are not there at this moment."
He seemed even farther away on Friday morning.
Asked about his refusal to endorse Clinton in the weeks since he suspended his campaign, Sanders was blunt.
“Because I haven’t heard her say the things that I think need to be said,” told “CBS This Morning.”
"I want her to say among other things, we have a crisis in higher education -- public universities and colleges should be tuition free. Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour," Sanders said. "I believe that healthcare should be a right of all people. I would love her to say that and I would love her to move aggressively to make that happen."
Sanders, who has yet to officially suspend his campaign, hoped he would hear “those things” before the Democratic National Convention.
“But we may not,” he quickly added.