April 27th, 2016
After weeks of brickbats, Sanders softens combative tone
By RON KAMPEAS
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The combative tone in Bernie Sanders’ campaign statements faded on Tuesday evening to a softer pitch of suasion.
“I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight, and I look forward to issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come,” Sanders’ statement began after his rival for the Democratic presidential nod, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, rolled to victories in four of the five states in play that day.
Prior to the statement, Clinton had “applauded” Sanders and his causes, signifying a party ready to rally toward the general election and a likely contest between Clinton and Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner who swept the five primaries on Tuesday.
Aides to Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, in recent days had presaged a “reassessment” of the campaign should Clinton perform well in the Tuesday contests. Sanders’ statement encapsulated what “reassessment” looks like going forward, in effect acknowledging that Clinton is the likely candidate while remaining in the race to influence the shape of the Democratic Party in years to come.