HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday issued the following
“I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories, and I look forward to
issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come.
“I am proud that we were able to win a resounding victory tonight in Rhode Island,
the one state with an open primary where independents had a say in the outcome.
Democrats should recognize that the ticket with the best chance of winning this
November must attract support from independents as well as Democrats. I am proud of
my campaign’s record in that regard.
“The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who
they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be. That’s
why we are in this race until the last vote is cast. That is why this campaign is
going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates
as possible to fight for a progressive party platform that calls for a $15 an hour
minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health
care system, breaking up Wall Street financial institutions, ending fracking in our
country, making public colleges and universities tuition free and passing a carbon
tax so we can effectively address the planetary crisis of climate change.”