Sen. Bernard Sanders said in a new interview that Democrats have to open the door to young people and that while he’s got some differences of opinion with Hillary Clinton, she’s certainly a better option than Donald Trump.
“The Democrats have got to open the door to young people,” Mr. Sanders said in an interview with The Nation magazine that was published online Tuesday.
“Welcome them in and understand that it will be messy, that many young people are not professional politicians,” said Mr. Sanders, who was Mrs. Clinton’s top rival in the Democratic presidential primary contest.
“The Democratic Party is going to have to adjust itself to their reality, rather than force young people to be adjusted to the Democratic leadership’s reality,” he said.
As polls show Mr. Trump gaining ground overall, Mrs. Clinton is making a concerted push to win over younger voters, delivering a speech aimed at “millennials” at Temple University in Philadelphia on Monday.
Mr. Sanders said that while he has some differences of opinion with Mrs. Clinton, she’d be better than Mr. Trump.
“The point is not to say that we love Hillary Clinton or that we agree with her on all of the issues,” he said. “The goal is to go above that and ask: Which candidate will do a better job for middle-class and working-class families? I think the answer is obvious.”
He also said liberals have to be there to keep the pressure on Mrs. Clinton if she gets elected.
“I’m saying that on many, many issues, her views are progressive. In many areas, they are awesome,” he said. “Where they’re not progressive, we’ve got to push her, and the day after the election, we will mobilize millions of people to make sure that we make her the most progressive president that she can be.”