Former Sec. of State and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that there was “no way” she won’t be the Democratic nominee. “I will be the nominee for my party, Chris. That is already done,” Clinton said. CNN/Youtube
On Thursday, Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton declared herself the party nominee in an interview with CNN‘s Chris Cuomo. Clinton told Cuomo that she was relying on her experience in her 2008 loss to Pres. Barack Obama, when she had won states where her opponent, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is now winning and she still lost the nomination.
“I will be the nominee for my party, Chris. That is already done, in effect. There is no way I won’t be.” – Democratic Presidential Canidate Hillary Rodham Clinton
Sen. Sanders responded to the comments in a prepared statement from campaign spokesman Michael Briggs on Thursday evening.
“In the past three weeks voters in Indiana, West Virginia and Oregon respectfully disagreed with Secretary Clinton. We expect voters in the remaining nine contests also will disagree. And with almost every national and state poll showing Sen. Sanders doing much, much better than Secretary Clinton against Donald Trump, it is clear that millions of Americans have growing doubts about the Clinton campaign.”
Briggs was referring to historical polling throughout the campaign as well as a Fox News Poll released on Wednesday that revealed GOP Presumptive Nominee, Donald Trump leading Clinton by 3 percentage points in a national matchup. The poll conducted from May 14 – 17, showed Trump closing the margin of error (45-42) over Clinton, a significant change from the similar polling conducted in April that had Clinton up by 7 points (48-41) over Trump.
The Fox poll also revealed that in a head-to-head matchup, Bernie Sanders would prevail with a 46-42 percent advantage over Trump. Sanders polled at 53-39 percent over Trump in the April survey.
Clinton has yet to respond as to whether she’ll honor her commitment to debate Sen. Sanders in California before the state’s Primary on June 7. The Sanders campaign welcomed an invite by Fox News to debate the former First Lady, but as of Thursday evening, the Clinton campaign had not responded.
The Washington Times reported that Clinton was brushing off the commitment due to analysts predictions that if she attended, she “could only damage herself in another testy back-and-forth with the Vermont senator.”
This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on May 19, 2016.