Hillary Clinton says she's "ready to talk" with rival Sen. Bernie Sanders on how to unite the party — and a delegate process that has riled the Vermont lawmaker's campaign and supporters.
In an interview Sunday on "Meet the Press,"
the Democratic presidential front-runner denied Sanders's continued primary fight is helping GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
"I think that Senator Sanders has every right to finish off his campaign however he chooses," she said. "I do think there will then be the obvious need for us to unify the party. I faced the same challenge in 2008. I will certainly do my part reaching out to Senator Sanders, reaching out to his supporters and I expect him to do his."
And asked if she'd cede to changes the Sanders
campaign has railed against, Clinton also offered an olive branch.
"We're going to talk with him when he's ready to talk and listen to him," she said. "We will take into account what he is asking for. I think that's part of the process."
The Sanders camp has been particularly critical of the super delegate process, that has pushed Clinton's delegate number far above Sanders's delegate total, but Clinton insisted, "I'm not going to negotiate with him today on your show."
"I'm going to say when it's time I'm reaching out to do my part to try to unify the party," she said.
"I expect him to do the same. I did that when I lost a much closer race to  Senator [Barack] Obama. Because I knew that whatever our differences were, just as whatever our differences are between me and Senator Sanders, they pale in comparison to Donald Trump and the Republicans. And I think most of Senator Sanders's supporters understand that as well."
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