A Bernie Sanders Endorsement Will Come With Demands

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders knows that beating for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a very up hill battle. However, Sanders will not give up and he is going to stay in the race all the way through the final primary the first week in June in California.

If Sanders loses the 2016 Democratic nomination to former Clinton, his support for her in the general election will come at a price. He has been able to generate large crowds and large sums of money through small donations, two things that Clinton needs to win against whoever the Republican candidate is in the general election.

Sanders, did a 30 plus minute interview with The Young Turks, Cenk Uygur that thus far has been his most comprehensive and telling conversation. For those who are unfamiliar with The Young Turks, they are a subscriber based network that is progressive and very entertaining. They have more than 2.5 million subscribers, and are a key new source for both millennials as well as progressive Democrats.

Louisiana Rally with Bernie Sanders

During the interview, Sanders said that he would endorse Clinton if she met his very strict demands — all of which would push his own personal agenda and visions for America forward. The question remains if Clinton would and the mainstream Democratic Party would accept Sanders list of demands.

If Clinton becomes the nominee, Sanders listed five demands that he would require of her before he gave his official endorsement. All of them were proposed policy changes that Clinton would have to adopt in order to receive Sanders’ support, and all of them are things that Clinton has not fully supported on her own yet.

Sanders’ strict requirements include: a single-payer health care system, tougher regulation of the finance industry, a $15 per hour minimum wage, closing corporate tax loopholes, and a legitimate effort to address climate change.

The demands by Sanders would be a problem for both Clinton as well as the Democrats. Sanders, single-payer health care system will never happen. It was brought up many times during the crafting of what now is the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), with very little support in what was then a Democratic controlled Congress and Senate.

Another sticking point is getting Wall Street and other corporate money out of both campaigns and in government in general. There is a chance that Clinton and other Democrats could embrace the concept but the reality of getting big money completely out of politics still remains unlikely.

As for the $15 dollar minimum wage, at the moment Clinton supports a $12 hourly minimum wage rate and so on that point there could be some common ground. Both Clinton and Sanders have proposed increasing taxes on the rich, and Clinton released a climate change plan in July 2015.


Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.