Sanders campaign: Democrats 'court disaster' with Clinton nomination

Sanders Campaign: Democrats 'Court Disaster' With Clinton Nomination

Bernie Sanders' campaign is still planning for a contested Democratic convention in July, arguing that nominating Hillary Clinton could spell disaster for the party.

In a fundraising email, Sanders' campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, argues Sanders is the best candidate to stop presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

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Weaver writes: "The Democratic Party must decide if they want the candidate with the momentum who is best positioned to beat Trump, or if they are willing to roll the dice and court disaster simply to protect the status quo for the political and financial establishment of this country."

Weaver cites a group of recent Quinnipiac polls, which found Clinton and Trump locked in a dead heat in three crucial swing states. The polls eat into a narrative that claims Clinton will crush Trump during the general election.

10 facts you should know about Sanders:

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Sanders campaign: Democrats 'court disaster' with Clinton nomination

1. He's a socialist, and he doesn't deny it. When he ran for office in 1990 he responded to an ad trying to link him to Fidel Castro by saying,  "I am a socialist and everyone knows that."

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2. He used to moonlight as a comedy actor, appearing in the 1999 film "My X-Girlfriends Wedding Reception."

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4. He made headlines in in 2010 when he tried to block a deal that included a tax cut extension for the wealthy with a filibuster-like stand. The stunt trended on Twitter with the hashtag #filibernie and later crashed the Senate video server.

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5. He is not religious. While all past presidents have been openly religious and Christian, Sanders says he identifies as Jewish but doesn't practice. 

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7. He grew up in a working class family in Brooklyn, and his father was a Polish immigrant.

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8. He released an album called 'We Shall Overcome' in which he reads speeches about peace and justice with a choir singing in the background. It's available on iTunes. 

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9. He is a big believer in Scandinavian political thinking and has said that the U.S. should adopt some of their principles, including the idea that health care should be a right, and higher education should be free.

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Quinnipiac also found Sanders fared better against Trump than Clinton did, and other polling has consistently favored the Vermont senator over Trump. Clinton allies argue that Sanders' poll numbers are so high because he hasn't faced very severe political attacks yet.

At this point, it's almost impossible for Sanders to snatch the nomination from Clinton before the convention, but his campaign hasn't given up the ghost just yet. The next Democratic contests take place in Oregon and Kentucky next Tuesday.

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