Clinton: ‘I Did Not Put Down Conditions’ Before Supporting Obama in 2008

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Hillary Clinton attended a town hall hosted by Rachel Maddow on Monday, April 25. MSNBC

Hillary Clinton on Monday dismissed the notion that she needs to adopt some of Bernie Sanders’ positions to unite the party if she becomes the Democratic nominee, arguing during an MSNBC town hall that she has millions more votes and more specific proposals than her rival.

“I have a bigger lead in pledged delegates than Sen. [Barack] Obama, when I ran against him in 2008, ever had over me. I am winning,” Clinton said during the town hall moderated by Rachel Maddow. "And I’m winning because of what I stand for and what I’ve done and what my ideas are.”

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In an appearance on “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Sanders acknowledged he has only a “narrow path” to the Democratic presidential nomination. But he said it will be Clinton’s responsibility to win over his supporters if she captures the nomination. He has also said he feels he is the stronger candidate to run against Donald Trump, or whoever the Republican nominee is, in the general election.

During the town hall, Clinton said her battle with the eventual nominee eight years ago was “so much closer” than her current race against Sanders.

“We got to the end in June and I did not put down conditions. I didn’t say, ‘You know what, if Sen. Obama does X, Y, and Z maybe I’ll support him,” Clinton told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “I said I am supporting Sen. Obama.”

The former secretary of state argued she has more specific and robust policy proposals than Sanders, and made multiple references to the Vermont senator’s editorial board interview with New York Daily News where he struggled to provide details on his biggest campaign promises.

Clinton declined to call on Sanders to drop out if the primaries end and he is still trailing her in pledged delegates. However, Clinton said she spent “an enormous amount of time” convincing her supporters they should support Obama after she ended her first presidential campaign in June 2008.

“I hope that we will see the same this year,” she added.

And though Clinton declined to answer if Sanders could fit into a possible Clinton Cabinet, saying she would have to capture the nomination before deciding that, she did give hints to what a possible Clinton administration could look like.

“I am going to have a cabinet that looks like America, and 50 percent of America is women,” she said.