At a CNN town hall on Feburary 24th, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made the statement, “If I, or anybody else, goes into the Democratic convention with a substantial plurality, I believe that individual, me or anybody else, should be the candidate of the Democratic Party.” At the time, Sanders was leading in the delegate count, but the statement came before Joe Biden’s convincing victory in South Carolina that put him only slightly behind Sanders in committed party delegates. Sanders has maintained that his position is consistent with his argument in 2016 when he ran against Hillary Clinton, but Biden called him out on making new inconsistent rule proposals to alter the race in Sanders’ favor.
In 2016, Sanders was trailing eventual nominee Hillary Clinton, and at the time he called on “superdelegates,” party officials who can support the candidate of their choice, to intervene and side with him in the contest in order to create a contested convention that could alter the race in his favor regardless of primary election results. The superdelegates maintained their support for Clinton and Sanders conceded the election, but his campaign proposed new rules that were adopted by the DNC, where if no candidate receives a majority of pledged delegates on the first ballot, superdelegates would be allowed to vote on a second ballot. However, it appears Sanders is now opposed to the rules that his campaign proposed in the first place.
Hillary Clinton, who appeared on Good Morning America to speak about her upcoming documentary series Hillary, laughed when asked about Sanders’ proposal to change the procedure in the middle of the race. “My reaction is let’s follow the rules,” Clinton said. “We’ve got rules. We had rules last time and we have rules this time. I think it’s always a good idea to follow the rules. Everybody knew what they were when you got into it.”
In her documentary, Clinton criticized Sanders as a “career politician”, stating that his campaign is “all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”