- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 9, 2016

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Sen. Bernard Sanders knows what’s on the line in the presidential election, but that he should be given space to make his own decision about his next steps.

“He knows what’s on the line, and he should be treated no differently than other candidates,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, told reporters at her weekly press briefing.

“He should be allowed the opportunity and respected to have the opportunity to make his decision on how he brings this to a place that advances the causes that he has been fighting for,” she said.

Mrs. Pelosi, who endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, said she has “no doubt” Mr. Sanders will be “very constructive as we go forward.”

“I also know it’s very hard not to win and it’s hard for your supporters especially,” she said.

Mr. Sanders is meeting Thursday with President Obama , after Mrs. Clinton won four of six states, including California, in Tuesday’s primaries.

The Vermont senator had hoped a wave of victories in the June 7 contests would bolster his pitch to superdelegates to change their support ahead of the Democratic convention in July.

But Mrs. Clinton had already secured the number of delegates needed to become the nominee on Monday, according to a tally from The Associated Press, and her convincing win in California a day later was an additional blow to Mr. Sanders, who had devoted significant time and energy there.

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