Bernie Sanders’ wife, Jane, visited the Cavuto: Coast to Coast show for a lengthy interview. For much of it, host Neil Cavuto tried to prod Mrs. Sanders into attacking Hillary Clinton. Sanders did not take the bait.
Sanders made it clear that win the nomination or not, she and her husband are going to fight for the issues that are important to them. “There are very different visions for America between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders,” she said, “And what we need to do is let the voters in every state – 10 states still haven’t voted – have the opportunity to support the candidate of their choice and support the agenda they want the nation to follow.”
Cavuto asked if the Sanders campaign feels like the system treats them “like Rodney Dangerfield,” meaning, “they’re not getting any respect.” He cited the voting irregularities in some states and went on to say that a third of Sanders supporters recently polled said they would have “a hard time” supporting Clinton. Cavuto felt certain they wouldn’t jump to Donald Trump but “they might not vote at all. What do you think of that?”
Sanders wasn’t complimentary toward Clinton but made it clear that in the end, Bernie would support her.
SANDERS: To ask [Sanders supporters] later to go and vote for another candidate, when they’ve been working for a year on this candidate’s campaign, they say, “Well, wait, you didn’t even give me a chance to vote for my candidate to begin with.” So, it’s difficult but one of the things that Bernie says very clearly is, yeah, there’s a lot of differences, there are very strong differences between Secretary Clinton and Bernie but there’s many, many, many more differences between the Democrats and the Republicans, as you know.
CAVUTO: So you would personally reach out to those, if your husband doesn’t take the nomination, and say, “Well, let’s not be crybabies about it, let’s rally around if it’s Hillary Clinton, it’s Hillary Clinton?”
SANDERS: What I would do is really focus on the issues. And, actually, it would be Secretary Clinton trying to get people’s votes. We can’t tell our supporters what to do. We can say, and he has done all along, lead by example. But what we would also be doing is asking her to reach out and say, “Yes, I support a $15 minimum wage; yes, I’m going to lift the cap on Social Security; I’m not going to raise the Social Security age.” A lot of the things that Bernie is fighting for, we’re gonna keep fighting for regardless of the outcome.
Pushing Hillary Clinton to the left without fracturing the Democrats was, apparently, so not what Cavuto wanted to hear. He began trying in earnest to find a fissure he could exploit.
“You think he should be put on the ticket?” Cavuto asked. Later, Cavuto brought up the fact that a recent list of names under consideration for Clinton’s running mate did not include Sanders. “Shouldn’t he be on a short list?” Cavuto asked.
Sanders didn’t bite. She said it would be “insulting” for either to put the other on a short list.
Cavuto didn’t give up. “I don’t know if a dig or oversight, either way, stupid,” Cavuto said. “So I just wonder how you personally would feel if your husband were completely passed over.”
Sanders had a great answer:
SANDERS: I think that Bernie is doing just fine. He’s not going to be passed over for anything. He’s going to, hopefully, win the nomination[…] Now, if that doesn’t happen, he will be pushing for the same things that he’s pushing for as a senator and keep the political revolution alive, to keep everybody honest, straightforward and moving forward on the issues that are important to the people. There’s immigration reform, criminal justice reform, higher education affordability. There are a number of issues we are going to fight for as we move forward.
I’m officially agnostic during this primary season. I’m not registered with any party and can’t vote in the primaries. I will happily vote for either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in November. But I’ve got to say I think Jane Sanders would be a terrific First Lady. Doncha agree?
Watch her below, from the April 28 Cavuto: Coast to Coast on Fox Business Network.