Sanders spokeswoman: We saw the consequences of a 'hold your nose candidate' in 2016

A spokeswoman for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE’s (I) presidential campaign urged Democrats to rally behind the Vermont senator on Wednesday, warning against the prospect of nominating a “hold your nose” candidate for the sake of electability.

Briahna Gray told CNN’s “New Day” that a candidate like former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg would face difficulties in November similar to those faced by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE, the Democratic nominee in 2016.

“This is a primary election. And it’s important for voters to realize that in a primary election, it’s our opportunity to not be stuck with a candidate who is a hold your nose candidate, or a lesser of two evils candidate.” Gray said. “We saw what the consequences of that were in 2016.”

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“What we don’t need is millions of Americans staying home because they don’t feel like there’s a politician in this race that is speaking to their material interests,” she added.

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Gray did not mention Bloomberg by name, though her remarks followed a question from co-anchor John Berman that asked the spokeswoman to say “in what ways you think Michael Bloomberg would be better than Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.”

Bloomberg and Sanders are set to meet onstage for the first time Wednesday night at the Democratic debate in Las Vegas.

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