Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week,” Democratic presidential candidate Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said if he runs against Donald Trump as the GOP nominee, not only will he beat him by a wide margin but predicted the Democratic Party would win up and down the ticket.
Partial transcript as follows:
RADDATZ: You have sounded more and more confident and aiming your remarks at Republicans, as we said. But Clinton supporters have been focusing as you as a non-viable general election candidate largely because you’re a democratic socialist. Senator Claire McCaskill saying the Republicans won’t touch him, because they can’t wait to run an ad with a hammer and sickle. Your reaction.
SANDERS: My reaction is two things. Look at every — or virtually all of the national polls that have been done, which have Bernie Sanders running against Trump, Hillary Clinton running against Trump, we run significantly better than does Hillary Clinton. We’re beating him by a wider margin. Last NBC poll I think had us beating them by 15 points. In New Hampshire, we’re doing even better than that. We’re doing better than Hillary Clinton against Trump here in Iowa.
Second of all, Democrats win when voter turnout is large. Republicans win when the American people are demoralized. Our campaign is exciting millions of people. We will have a large voter turnout. I think we can not only win the White House, but we can regain the Senate and win governors chairs up and down throughout this country. So I think what this campaign is about is who is exciting the American people. I think our campaign is, Martha.
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