In a taped interview for C-Span Sanders said Wednesday “it doesn’t appear that I’m going to be the nominee.” He has stopped short of saying he will formally leave the race.
So when will the Secret Service stand down? That’s unclear.
Sanders can call for the security force to leave his side any time he wants or formally drop out of the race. But short of that or a directive from Johnson, the armed security detail likely will surround him until Clinton is formally nominated, said Secret Service spokeswoman Catherine Milhoan.
Sanders’ Senate colleagues said it was up to him to decide when and how to get out of the race.
“You know, that’s his decision,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.
Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., said said there was no need for Sanders to drop out of the race now.
“I think that Bernie still has an opportunity to play an extremely constructive role at the (Democratic) convention to ensure that Donald Trump never becomes president,” Markey said. “I think it’s still within the realm of possibilities that that’s exactly how it’s all going to play out.”
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