Political strategist James Carville says Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats battle for Hollywood's cash The House Judiciary Committee's fundamental choice Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE "needs" rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire 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 ObamaThe House Judiciary Committee's fundamental choice Teaching black children to read is an act of social justice Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa 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.