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Sanders: 'I fully expect' fair treatment by DNC in 2020 after 'not quite evenhanded' 2016 primary

Sanders: 'I fully expect' fair treatment by DNC in 2020 after 'not quite evenhanded' 2016 primary
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy MORE (I-Vt.) said Monday that he expects to be treated fairly in 2020 by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) despite lingering tensions over the 2016 primary.

“In 2016, I think I will not shock anybody to suggest that the DNC was not quite evenhanded. I think we have come a long way since then and I fully expect to be treated quite as well as anybody else," he said during a CNN town hall Monday evening.

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Sanders gave the answer after an audience member asked whether Sanders believes he can get a "fair shake" in the Democratic nomination process.

Sanders announced last week that he is running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 after an unsuccessful bid in 2016.

The Vermont senator was critical of the DNC during the primary in 2016 because he and many of his supporters believed the committee was biased in favor of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record MORE, who ultimately won the nomination. Hacked emails in 2016 showed DNC staffers criticizing Sanders and his campaign and speaking more favorably of Clinton.

Sanders, an Independent, has also faced criticism from some Democrats for allegedly not fully embracing the party. But he noted during Monday's town hall that he is a member of the party's leadership in the Senate and that he has long caucused with Democrats.

Sanders also pledged Monday to support the Democratic nominee for president, even if it's not him.

“I hope and believe that every Democratic candidate will come together after the nominee is selected and make certain that Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE is not reelected president of the United States," he said. "And I pledge certainly to do that. I hope I’m the nominee, but if I am not, I will work with that nominee."