Sanders on supporting Clinton as nominee: 'Totally dependent' on her platform
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Health Care: DOJ charges doctors over illegal opioid prescriptions | Cummings accuses GOP of obstructing drug pricing probe | Sanders courts Republican voters with 'Medicare for All' | Dems probe funding of anti-abortion group Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms MORE said on Sunday that if rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcAuliffe says he won't run for president in 2020 Chuck Todd slams reports that DOJ briefed Trump on Mueller findings: 'This is actual collusion' Crowdfund campaign to aid historically black churches hit by fires raises over M 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 John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report 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."