Political strategist James Carville says Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Republicans plot comeback in New Jersey MORE "needs" rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Top aide Jeff Weaver lays out Sanders's path to victory 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 Obama3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Obama's high school basketball jersey sells for 0,000 at auction Dirty little wars and the law: Did Osama bin Laden win? 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.