Aide: ‘Small Thing’ Is Stopping Sanders From Formally Nominating Clinton


Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign manager said Tuesday afternoon that negotiations to have the senator formally nominate Hillary Clinton at the convention as a show of Democratic party unity are still ongoing.

Top Sanders aide Jeff Weaver told MSNBC the two campaigns were still discussing “how exactly we want it to go” during tonight’s roll call vote to officially crown the party’s presidential nominee, even as Tuesday night’s session opened in Philadelphia.

Asked if Sanders would personally be involved in a show of solidarity on the DNC floor, in the vein of Clinton’s moving to suspend the roll call vote at the 2008 convention to nominate Barack Obama by a voice vote, Weavers said such a plan was “potentially” in the works.

Weaver was mum on any further details about a possible agreement between Sanders and Clinton, although he indicated there were still “reservations” holding up the talks, which were first reported earlier in the day.

“There are some items that we have to work out between the two campaigns and will and hopefully be resolved in a favorable way,” he said cryptically.

Pressed for specifics, Weaver said, “I really think it’s a small thing that’ll get resolved pretty quickly.”

Earlier in the interview, Weaver said the campaign’s preference was “absolutely” to have the whole roll call be read alphabetically for every state and territory, saying, “a lot of people worked hard on this campaign on both sides…We think it’s only right that everybody’s vote should be counted.”