MITCHELL: In our polling today, in our NBC News survey, Monkey Online poll, there's an eight-point spread. Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump, but single digits, and not a big wave behind her, also in her NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll. So this could be a very close race. How long are you going to wait before you make a decision about endorsement? Will you decide before -- ?SANDERS: I think -- you're asking, I think, with all due respect, Andrea, the wrong question. It's not a question of my endorsement. It's a question of the American people understanding that Secretary Clinton is prepared to stand with them as they work longer hours for low wages, as they cannot afford health care, as their kids can't afford to go to college. Make it clear that she is on their side, that she is prepared to take on Wall Street, the drug companies, fossil fuel industry. Deal with the global crisis of climate change. I have no doubt that if Secretary Clinton makes that position, those positions clear, she will defeat Trump and defeat him by a very wide margin.
I think many people -- I would respectfully disagree and suggest that many people do understand. Our job is to transform America, to end the 40-year decline of the American middle class. That is what I am fighting to do. And we are in that process right now. We did very well, I thought, in St. Louis, in terms of the first meeting of the platform committee. Now we go to Orlando, and then we go to the floor of the Democratic Convention. Politics is not a baseball game with winners or losers. What politics is about is whether we protect the needs of millions of people in this country who are hurting. That is my focus. And my job right now is to make the Democratic Party as open, as inclusive, as progressive as it possibly can be, and that's what we're working on as we speak.
To me, what politics is about is not just electing candidates. It's about transforming this country, about dealing with the decline of the American middle class, and massive levels of income and wealth inequality, dealing with climate change, dealing with the need to make sure that all of our young people have the opportunity to go to college, when we make public colleges and universities tuition free. Those are issues that have to be dealt with, in my mind, by the Democratic platform and by Secretary Clinton, and we look forward to working with the Clinton campaign to bring that forward.