Clinton: I hope Sanders joins ranks when I'm nominee
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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Gabbard considering 2020 run: report Claiming 'spousal privilege' to stonewall Congress MORE said she hopes rival Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders: Trump setting 'terrible example' for our children Gabbard considering 2020 run: report Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa 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.