Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersDo progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case In defense of share buybacks MORE said on Sunday that if rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE secures the nomination, he'll have to look at her platform before he commits to making an enthusiastic case for her.
"That is totally dependent on what the Clinton platform is and how she responds to the needs of millions of Americans who are sick and tired of establishment politics and establishment economics," Sanders said on ABC's "This Week" in response to a question about whether he'd back her in the same way she pushed for President Obama in 2008.
"You know, I can't snap my finger and tell people what to do."
Sanders said he hopes that if Clinton is the nominee, she will put together "the strongest progressive agenda."
He noted he will also do everything he can to make sure Republican front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE or "some other right-wing Republican" does not become president.
"We do not need more tax breaks for billionaires, more cuts to Social Security, Medicare, more ignoring the facts," he said.
"Republicans don't even accept the reality of climate change, let alone being prepared to do something about it."
Sanders said Clinton will have to make her case to the American people if she's the nominee.
"If Secretary Clinton is the nominee, she is going to have to make the case to the American people, not just to my supporters, but all Americans, that she is prepared to stand up to the billionaire class, she is prepared to fight for healthcare for all Americans, that she is prepared to pass paid family and medical leave, make sure that college is affordable for the young people in this country," he said.
"That is what she has got to do. And I hope, if she is the nominee, that she does that well."