Clinton: I hope Sanders joins ranks when I'm nominee
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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Judiciary Committee subpoenas FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts Clapper: Trump was serious when he said he wants citizens to act like North Koreans do for Kim Hillary Clinton: Fundamental rights are 'under assault like never before' MORE said she hopes rival Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSen. Sanders: 'Hypocrite' Trump rants against undocumented immigrants, but hires them at his properties On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump floats tariffs on European cars | Nikki Haley slams UN report on US poverty | Will tax law help GOP? It's a mystery Nikki Haley: 'Ridiculous' for UN to analyze poverty in America MORE will join ranks when she claims the party’s nomination, despite repeated refusals from the Vermont senator to talk about backing her. 

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“I believe that I will be the Democratic nominee,” Clinton said in an interview on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” Wednesday night, according to a transcript of the interview. “I certainly hope that Sen. Sanders and his supports will join ranks, the way that I did with President Obama.”

She said she “worked her heart out” to get Obama elected after she ended her own presidential bid in 2008 because “that’s what I think you do when a primary is over.”

“Now, I hope that if I am fortunate enough to secure the nomination that we will come together as a party,” she said.

But Sanders has been mum when asked if he’d support Clinton as the party’s nominee and instead shifts focus back to his presidential campaign, which he insists he’s not giving up on.

“It’s too early to talk about that right now,” Sanders said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “We have a lot of momentum. We’re focusing on Wisconsin, New York state. We have a path to victory, and we’re going to win this nomination process.”  

The Clinton MSNBC interview is set to air at 9 p.m.