Bernie SandersBernie SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan MORE called for the removal of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as part of a “fundamental transformation of the Democratic Party” in an impromptu news conference Tuesday afternoon.
He ignored repeated questions from reporters as to whether he'd drop out of the presidential race after he met with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE Tuesday evening.
When asked whether he could see himself nominating Clinton on the floor of the party's national convention, like Clinton did for then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, Sanders chuckled and repeated his assertion that "we are going to fight as hard as we can" to change the party.
“I do believe that we have to replace the current Democratic National Committee leadership,” he said outside his campaign headquarters in Washington.
“We need a person at the leadership of the DNC who is vigorously supporting and out working to bring people into the political process.”
The bulk of the press conference served as a preview of the major party rules changes he'll push for at the convention in late July. But that fight could frustrate the party's attempts to unify around Clinton, despite Sanders's assertion that he'll do whatever he can to stop presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE from winning the White House.