- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 1, 2016

Hillary Clinton said Sunday she is on the path to capture the Democratic presidential nomination but refused to call herself the “presumptive nominee.”

“I consider myself as someone who’s on the path, and obviously I’m very far ahead in both the popular vote and the delegate count, so I think the path leads to the nomination,” Mrs. Clinton said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But, you know, I’m going to keep competing in the elections that are up ahead of us.”

Unlike Mrs. Clinton, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump last week declared himself his party’s presumptive nominee.

Still, Mrs. Clinton said that rival Sen. Bernard Sanders eventually will have to “look at the reality” that he doesn’t have a path to the nomination.

“I’m going to be very aggressive in reaching out to Senator Sanders’ supporters, but we have so much in common, far more in common than they do with Donald Trump or any Republican,” she said.

She also vowed to work closely with Mr. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who has succeeded in pushing the Democratic Party further left.

Mrs. Clinton said she has run as a progressive and will work to incorporate Mr. Sanders’ issues into the party platform, such a national minimum wage of $15 per hour and Medicare-for-all health care program.

“Senator Sanders has been a passionate advocate for positions he cares deeply about,” she said. “He’s brought millions of people into the process, which I think is also very good of the Democratic Party.”

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