''We have come a long way in 10 months,'' says Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, adding that governors should have the ''guts to run in a free and fair democratic election.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders praised his campaign's trajectory at a rally at the Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho "When we began our campaign about 10 months ago, we were at 3% in the polls... but we have come a long way in 10 months," said Bernie to a roaring crowd. Sanders said on Thursday it was "absurd" to suggest he drop out of the race. Obama privately told a group of Democratic donors last Friday that Sanders was nearing the point at which his campaign against Clinton would end, and that the party must soon come together to back her, the New York Times reported. Sanders, a Vermont senator and self-proclaimed democratic socialist, while saying he did not want to comment directly on Obama's reported remarks, pushed back on the idea that his campaign had run its course and he should throw in the towel. "We have received 849 delegates to the Democratic National Convention," said Sanders. He added, "And I say to those governors, if you do not have the guts to run in a free and fair democratic election, get out of politics, get another job." Clinton, a former secretary of state in the Obama administration, has a large lead in the race for the Democratic nomination and she won all five states that were contested on Tuesday. Sanders said he will do better in upcoming contests in western states, after losing to Clinton in a number of southeastern states.