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Clinton aide: Sanders deserves say in party platform

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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said Tuesday that he believes Bernie Sanders deserves a say in the direction of the Democratic Party’s platform after his strong presidential campaign. 

“Sen. Sanders has earned a lot of credit for, first of all, bringing attention to really important issues like income inequality, like campaign finance reform, like helping people afford college,” Mook said on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily.”

{mosads}“Those issues and all the work that his supporters have done deserve credit, and those issues deserve attention in our platform. They deserve to be part of the dialogue in this campaign and his supporters deserve a place in the nominee’s campaign,” he said.

Mook and the Clinton campaign are poised to declare victory one day after The Associated Press declared that Clinton had surpassed the delegate threshold necessary to clinch the presidential nomination. She and her allies have been preaching party unity in the hopes that Sanders supporters will come into the fold after the bitter primary race concludes. 

One way to potentially do that is to offer Sanders concessions on the party platform or rules — Sanders has already signaled he’s willing to fight for issues like a $15 minimum wage on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in July. 

But he and his supporters have bristled at the AP’s call, pointing to it as more proof that the Democratic establishment and media are in the tank for Clinton. That heightens the need for Clinton World to reach out to those supporters.

“It is really important that this entire party, his campaign and the Clinton campaign come together and unify in common purpose to keep the White House in Democratic hands,” Mook said. 

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