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Edited by Nelly Tawil
Bernie Sanders warned on Sunday that Hillary Clinton must choose a left-wing candidate as running mate if the Democratic Party is to win the presidential election.
The comments came amid mounting criticism that Mrs Clinton’s campaign is poorly equipped to take on Donald Trump.
Mr Sanders advised that the democratic party needed to choose a non-traditional candidate who would stand up to “Wall Street” and the “greed of corporate America” in order to defend working families and beat Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
“That means having a candidate who can excite working families, excite young people, bring them into the political process, create a large voter turnout,” said Mr Sanders in a television interview. “It means someone who has a history of fighting for working families.”
Mrs Clinton is on course to win the Democratic nomination, but by a margin so narrow that many fear it may damage her credibility as the party’s leader. She has won only 27 primary contests to 21 for Mr Sanders.
With California, the state with the largest number of delegates, set to vote on June 7 almost at the end of the primary process, Mrs Clinton faces the real possibility of losing.
Polls show her neck-and-neck with Mr Sanders. A surge of independent voters registering as Democrats in the state is taken as a signal of Mr Sanders’ momentum.
Mrs Clinton losing California would deliver a huge blow to her campaign and send her back to the Democratic convention.
Mr Sanders, 74, has mobilised large numbers of young voters and self-identified independents – the critical voting blocks that Mrs Clinton will need to win in November’s election.
The Vermont senator refused to comment on the decision of whether to become Mrs Clinton’s vice-presidential running mate, should he be asked.
Many of Mr Sanders’ supporters have expressed their desire to vote for the Republican nominee should Mrs Clinton become the Democratic nominee.
However Mr Sanders has vocalised his opinion of Mr Trump, referring to him as a “disaster”, promising he would do anything in his power to make sure that the billionaire did not become President.
But he said the responsibility rested with Mrs Clinton to win over his supporters.
“If Clinton is the nominee, it is her job to reach out to millions of people and make the case as to why she is going to defend working families and the middle, provide health care for all people, take on Wall Street, deal aggressively with climate change,” he said. “That is the candidate’s job to do.”