Sanders warns Clinton: Don't rush to compromise with GOP
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination 2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend Bill Maher defends Bernie Sanders campaign over sexual harassment allegations MORE (I-Vt.) says he's going to use his clout to try to keep Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination O'Rourke’s strategy: Show Americans the real Beto Conservatives pound BuzzFeed, media over Cohen report MORE from caving to the GOP should she become president.


“It’s not good enough for me, or anybody, to say, ‘Well, look, Republicans control the House: From Day One, we’re going to have to compromise,’ ” Sanders said in a Tuesday interview with The Washington Post

“The Democratic Party, before they start compromising, has got to rally the American people around our ideas and make it clear that if Republicans do not go along with reasonable ideas to benefit the middle class and the working class, they are going to pay a very heavy political price.”

Sanders gave Clinton a major scare in the Democratic presidential primaries, winning 23 contests and 43 percent of the vote before endorsing Clinton, now the party's nominee, in July.

He used the leverage he gained in the primaries to influence the direction of the party’s platform, and on Tuesday he said his job would be “to demand that the Democratic Party implement that platform.”

“The leverage that I think I take into the Senate is taking on the entire Democratic Party establishment, and, you know, taking on a very powerful political organization with the Clinton people,” Sanders said. 

“We won 22 states and 46 percent of the pledged delegates, 13.4 million votes ... and a majority of the younger people, the future of the country. ... That gives me a lot of leverage, leverage that I intend to use.”

Sanders said in the interview that he has been organizing a group of liberal senators to help pressure a Clinton administration. That group includes Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKamala Harris announces presidential campaign Identity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination O'Rourke’s strategy: Show Americans the real Beto MORE (D-Mass.), Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleySenate Dem on call for Nielsen investigation: I am 'sick and tired of this administration lying' Dem senator requests FBI investigate Nielsen for potential perjury Trump officials discussed ‘deterrent effect’ of prosecuting migrant parents: report MORE (D-Ore.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell Brown2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend Sen. Casey says he won't run for president in 2020 The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Day 27 of the shutdown | Cohen reportedly paid company to rig online polls, boost his own image | Atlantic publishes ‘Impeach Donald Trump’ cover story MORE (D-Ohio).