Jane Sanders, wife of Democratic Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on Thursday that she expected the campaign to rise once again and rebound heading into the next primary stretch.
The former president of Burlington College, a political advisor to her husband’s campaign, Sanders told the Morning Joe team that the campaign was still “in it to win it.” Coming off a rough 5-state primary contest on Tuesday, the potential First Lady acknowledged the disappointment of losing 4 of the 5 states who participated.
“You remember in mid-March, after a string of losses, the media wrote his political obituary and we came back to win eight in a row,” Sanders said. “So we’re expecting to do the same here.”
Sanders emphasized the role of the Independent vote in both the stunning win in Rhode Island, and disappointing losses in the closed primary states of Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. She also noted the devastating loss to rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New York on April 19.
“We knew that New York had 3 million Independents who couldn’t vote in the closed primary. Four out of the five contests that were done last Tuesday were closed primaries again,” she said. “The open primary, Rhode Island, we won.”
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the primaries ahead in May are a combination of open, hybrid and top-two primary states. Indiana, West Virginia, Nebraska, Oregon and Washington utilize a hybrid system, unique to each state for presidential primary races. The only closed primary in May is in Kentucky.
Sanders said that in disallowing the Independent vote, the Democratic Party was effectively closing the door to the millions of voters her husband has brought to the political process. Sanders has throughout the campaign commanded the young electorate, overwhelmingly supported by those voters age 18-34.
On Tuesday, wife and confidant to the longest serving Independent in Congress, Sanders told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that her husband would not act as spoiler for the Democratic party.
“We’ve been very clear right from the beginning that we will not play the role of spoiler,” she said. “The reason that he was active and he decided to run in the Democratic Party was just that: We cannot afford a Republican in the White House. We cannot afford a Republican appointing Supreme Court justices. So Bernie will not be running as an independent.”