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Pro-Sanders senator shares what ‘the Bernie wing is looking for’

Greg Nash

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who endorsed Bernie Sanders, is laying out what supporters hope for from presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

{mosads}”They’re looking for the big ideas that he advocated for in his campaign to be fully embraced, to be woven into the conversation at the convention,” Merkley said on CNN’s “New Day” Friday.

Merkley cited a number of issues, including pivoting away from fossil fuels, making college more affordable, creating more jobs and keeping money out of politics, that he believes Sanders supporters want to see addressed. 

“These are the core pieces of the puzzle we hope can be fully articulated and that will be both great policy and great politics,” said Merkley, the first senator to back Sanders’s presidential campaign. 

After wins in several primary states Tuesday, including California, Clinton became the party’s presumptive nominee, accumulating enough pledged delegates and support from superdelegates to clinch the nomination. On Thursday, Clinton was also endorsed by President Obama.

But Sanders has insisted he will stay in the race until the convention in hopes superdelegates will flip their support, despite meeting with Obama on Thursday. He has also said he will allow every state to vote, with the last primary in Washington, D.C.’s on Tuesday. 

Fellow Democrats and Sanders supporters like Merkley have suggested he should throw in the towel and work toward uniting the party ahead of the general election. 

“Once a candidate has won a majority of the pledged delegates and a majority of the popular vote, which Secretary Clinton has now done, we have our nominee,” Merkley said to The Washington Post Tuesday. 

“This is the moment when we need to start bringing parts of the party together so they can go into the convention with locked arms and go out of the convention unified into the general election.”

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