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Whoopi Goldberg Goes After Bernie Sanders Asking Why He Hasn't Dropped Out

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By Robin Zabiegalski

On Wednesday's episode of The View, Senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders was interviewed by The View co-host, Whoopi Goldberg. They talked about his continued campaign for the Democratic nomination, including his reasons for staying in the race.

When Goldberg pointedly asked, "Why are you still in the race?" Sanders responded, “Last I heard, people in a democracy have a right to vote and they have a right to vote for the agenda that they think can work for America, especially in this very, very difficult moment."

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A 'Narrow Path' to the Nomination

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Earlier this week, Sanders said that he still believed he could win the Democratic nomination outright. He admitted that his path to the nomination was "narrow," but he said he was confident that he still had a chance.

Though it's still technically possible for Sanders to win the nomination, it's very unlikely that he'll be able to pull off such an incredible come from behind win. He would have to win almost two-thirds of the remaining delegates to pull off a win.

The Voter's Right to Choose

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So, if it's so unlikely that Sanders will win the nomination, why is he still in the race?

In his interview with Goldberg, he stressed the fact that voters have the right to choose for themselves which candidate they want in office. If Sanders drops out of the race before Biden has won the necessary amount of delegates, he thinks he'll be depriving voters of their right to choose.

Though Biden has a significant lead currently, Sanders hinted that the current situation the country is in could change the outcome of the race..

The 2016 Election

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Goldberg also criticized Sanders's choice to stay in the 2016 election as long as he did.

Goldberg said, “I’m told you intend to stay in this race for president because you believe there is a path to victory. I want to know what that path is because this feels a little bit like it did when you didn’t come out when Hillary Clinton was clearly the person folks were going for.”

Sanders responded by saying that he, "worked as hard as I could for Hillary Clinton."

Making Coronavirus a Priority

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Later on in the interview, Goldberg suggested that perhaps Sanders should be focusing solely on his duties in the Senate, especially the response to the coronavirus. Goldberg asked Sanders whether he should be “splitting the time” between his duties in Congress and his campaign.

Sanders responded, “I’m sitting in my house right now. I’m not holding a rally in Wisconsin because of the nature of campaigns.” He continued by saying that Congress is already working on a fourth stimulus package and that he's very involved in the process.

Though the interview bordered on contentious at points, Sanders was able to articulate his positions well.

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