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Bernie Sanders Says ‘It Doesn’t Appear’ He’s Going to Be the Democratic Nominee

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Bernie Sanders addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, April 26, 2016 in Huntington, WV.  John Sommers II/Getty Images

Senator Bernie Sanders said in an interview with C-SPAN set to air Wednesday, June 22, that at this point in time, it doesn’t seem as though he’ll be the Democratic nominee for president come November.

When asked by C-SPAN’s Steve Scully whether he’ll have a speaking role at the Democratic National Convention in July, Sanders said, “It doesn’t appear that I’m going to be the nominee, so I’m not going to be determining the scope of the convention.”

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Sanders, 74, did not explicitly concede or directly address the status of his campaign during the interview, or state outright whether or not he’ll endorse Hillary Clinton when she formally receives the nomination.

“It would be nice to speak at the Democratic National Convention,” he said. “If they don’t want me to speak, so what? I expect that I will speak.”

The Vermont senator added that he and Clinton’s team speak “almost every day” to negotiate ways that the former secretary of state can have the “strongest positions she can on campaign finance reform, on health care, on education — especially higher education — on the economy, on the minimum wage.”

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“She has clearly had to fight her way through a lot of sexism and unfair attacks over the years — which are based on sexism,” he said. “But we have disagreements. She is clearly an establishment Democrat.”

As previously reported, Sanders tweeted Thursday, June 16, that he plans to work with Clinton to defeat presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

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“I look forward to working with Secretary Clinton in the coming weeks to make certain that the Democratic Party passes the most progressive platform in its history and that Democrats actually fight for that agenda,” he tweeted. “This campaign is about defeating @realDonaldTrump, the Republican candidate for president. #OurRevolution.”

Clinton currently has 2,220 delegates of the needed 2,383 to cinch the nomination. Sanders has 1,831.

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