Sanders Campaign Official Hopes Arkansas Democrats Come Together As Clinton Nears Needed Degates

Jun 6, 2016

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Arkansas State Capitol in November on candidate filing day.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

As Hillary Clinton nears the number of delegates needed to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, the former Arkansas director of Bernie Sanders' campaign is hoping the party can come together.

Sarah Scanlon is now campaigning for Sanders in California ahead of Tuesday’s primary there. Five other states are also holding elections, which could allow Clinton to become the presumptive nominee.

While Scanlon believes Sanders should continue to campaign hard until the national convention, she is hopeful differences will be put aside for the benefit of the party. Her comments come ahead of the state convention being held in Little Rock Saturday.

"As we go into the Democratic convention this weekend, there will be a lot of effort around unifying an understanding and getting together and incorporating the volunteers and the people that were engaged around Senator Sanders' campaign into the overall effort that's going to be in the state," she says. "We have a lot of work to do within our party."

Scanlon believes Sanders should continue campaigning in each state holding primaries and objects to the power given to superdelegates within the party.  She also hopes the issues touted by the Vermont senator, like a $15 minimum wage, will be incorporated by the Clinton campaign.

"I think if we can get the energy that has been behind Sen. Sanders to push forward these issues, then I think she will actually start talking about some of these issues in a much stronger fashion, but like Senator Sanders has always said, it's not about him, it's about a political revolution and this political revolution has to carry forward this message."