“I’m here to say vote for Hillary Clinton on Election Day,” Senator Sanders told the crowd at Drake University in Iowa, the state where he narrowly lost to Clinton in caucuses in February.
However, despite making case for Clinton this time, Sanders told young voters to “go beyond.”
“Worry about yourself,” Sanders said, prompting bursts of applause.
After Iowa, Senator Sanders hit Wisconsin, where earlier this year he won the state’s primary over Clinton.
Sanders, whose schedule is pretty tight as elections loom, had some time to speak to RT’s Ed Schultz.
Ed Schultz:What effect you can think you can have on your voters? It was so close here in Iowa?
Bernier Sanders:I just hope that people that a hard look at the real issues impacting their lives. The middle class, I think, if they do that the choice is going to be very clear on every issue – raising the minimum wage, pay equity for women, rebuilding out crumbling infrastructure, opposition to the TPP and running the campaign not based on bigotry. We cannot elect a president whose cornerstone – the cornerstone of his campaign – is based on bigotry.
ED:We have had some people here tell us that they are going to vote for Hillary because you’ve asked them to.
BS:I want people to vote their own consciousness, but I think that this is an enormously important election. I think that Donald Trump would be a disaster for this country. If you look at the issues that impact ordinary people, whether it is raising the minimum wage, whether they pay equities, whether it is rebuilding our infrastructure, whether it is expanding health care, whether it is making public colleges and universities tuition-free. Those are important issues and there is no question on my mind that Clinton is far in the way the superior candidate. On the other hand, what we have to say is do we want to elect the president like Trump, whose cornerstone of his campaign on bigotry, is on dividing us up; a candidate who attacks and humiliates women every day. I don’t think it is the kind of candidate that we want to elect as president.
ED:Is it hard for you, Senator?
BS:Look, I got seven grandchildren, I got four kids. I do not want them growing up under a Trump presidency, so for me it is not hard. If the question is what I’d rather run for president today, yes, I would have, but I lost and I’m going to do my best to make sure that Hillary Clinton is elected president.
ED:Any thoughts on the debate last night?
BS:We were running around and we did not really have a chance to see it.
ED:Any thoughts on the emails that have come up that talk about that Clinton “pay to play”?
BS:No, not right now.