Political strategist James Carville says Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons remember former adviser Vernon Jordan Biden praises Vernon Jordan: He 'knew the soul of America' The parts of H.R. 1 you haven't heard about MORE "needs" rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief Murkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief MORE if she wants to win the presidency in November.

"It's not an equal negotiating position because Bernie Sanders does not need Hillary Clinton, because he's not going to be the nominee," Carville said Thursday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." 

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"Hillary Clinton needs Bernie Sanders because she's going to be the nominee."

Carville said the two candidates won't be in an "equal position" as they enter negotiations to wrap up the Democratic presidential primary race.

He compared it to the 2008 primary, when Clinton ran against then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaClintons remember former adviser Vernon Jordan Vernon Jordan: an American legend, and a good friend A Biden stumble on China? MORE, adding he does not expect the negotiations to be too difficult.

"But it's going to be something that's going to have to be dealt with," he said.

Clinton has a nearly insurmountable lead over Sanders in the delegate count, but Sanders has said he plans to stay in the race until the Democratic National Convention in July.