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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Bernie Sanders said Sunday he will consider the Democratic Party's convention "contested," unless his opponent Hillary Clinton gets enough pledged delegates to win nomination without super delegates.

The Vermont senator essentially vowed to fight to win over those coveted party elites -- the super delegates -- until they formally vote in July.

"She will need super delegates to take her over the top of the convention in Philadelphia. In other words, the convention will be a contested contest," he said during a press conference in Washington, D.C. Sanders' top brass has been arguing this point for weeks, but this was the most direct statement the senator has made about his outlook on the remaining portion of the nominating process.

While it is unlikely that either candidate will be able to win enough pledged delegates alone to secure the nomination, according to estimates from ABC News, Clinton has the backing of 520 super delegates at this point, bringing her very close to the threshold.

By comparison, only 39 super delegates have committed to Sanders and the Vermont Senator argued that that fact was unfair considering some of his landslide wins.

"If I win a state with 70 percent of the votes you know what, I think I'm entitled to those super delegates. I think that the super delegates should reflect what the people in the state want," he said.

Sanders called on super delegates from states like Washington and Minnesota specifically, where he beat Clinton by double-digit margins, to change their allegiances.

In some ways Sanders contradicted himself during the press conference. He argued that super delegates should follow the popular vote from the states they represent, but also said they should consider backing him even if he does not win the majority of pledged delegates. His campaign distributed factsheets Sunday showing general election polling in battleground states and nationwide where he outperforms his opponent against Republican candidates.

"[Super delegates] are going to have to go into their hearts and they are going to have to ask themselves do they want the second strongest candidate running against Trump or the strongest candidate?" Sanders said.

Before heading to Indiana to campaign before that state’s primary Tuesday, the senator acknowledged that Clinton so far was winning the race by an overwhelming margin. Sanders would need to win 65 percent of the remaining pledged delegates to pull ahead of Clinton on that front. He said that, considering that number, he had a "tough road to climb," but added that it was not "impossible."

"We intend to fight for every vote in front of us and for every delegate remaining," he continued.

Asked if the campaign had any internal polling to suggest that they might be able to win the remaining states by the large margins need to pull ahead, Sanders' senior strategist Tad Devine said: "We believe the states ahead represent a real opportunity for Bernie."

"This belief is based both on data that we have for the upcoming states and on how well Bernie has done in states in the West in particular. We all understand that is a difficult challenge, in light of proportional representation, but we believe he will significantly cut into her delegate lead in the upcoming weeks," Devine added.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(DETROIT) -- Speaking at the NAACP’s annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit Sunday night, Hillary Clinton called for mobilizing against Donald Trump — telling the roughly 6,000 person crowd to “make sure that love trumps hate, once and for all!”

Her fiery remarks were tailored to the crowd. She spoke about criminal justice reform, gun control, the water crisis in Flint, but also talked politics.

She railed on the “Republican frontrunner” for “stoking hatred and inciting violence” and warned that a Trump presidency could ruin President Obama's legacy.

"We cannot let Barack Obama’s legacy fall into Donald Trump’s hands,” she said.

She also reminded them that Trump was one of the original "birthers" back in 2008.

"The leading republican contender is the man who led the insidious 'birther movement' to discredit the president’s citizenship," she said. "And when he asked in a national television interview to disavow David Duke and other white supremacists, who are supporting his campaign, he played coy."

Clinton also blatantly laid out what she believes the different is in this election: “Unity vs. division. Compassion vs. selfishness. And love vs. hate.”

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  President Obama and the First Lady have announced that their daughter Malia will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017, taking a gap year after her high school graduation next month.

Malia, 17, is set to graduate from the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington in June.

President Obama recently was asked to speak at the commencement but turned down the offer, saying instead "I'm going to be wearing dark glasses ... and I’m going to cry."

Malia, along with her parents, has visited at least a dozen colleges over the past year and a half. Both the President and First Lady earned their law degrees at Harvard Law School.

The First Lady said in September of 2015 that the family talked over Malia's college plans "every night."

It is unclear just what Malia will do in the gap year after her father leaves office and the family moves out of the White House.

President Obama told Ellen Degeneres in February that Malia is "more than ready" to "make her own way."

"She’s one of my best friends," Obama said. "It’s gonna be hard for me not to have her around all the time. But she’s ready to go. You can tell. She’s just a really smart, capable person."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton wants you to know she's in on the joke.

The Democratic presidential candidate praised President Obama for his remarks at his final White Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday night, even acknowledging the digs he made about her.

"Nice job last night. Aunt Hillary approves," Clinton tweeted Sunday. (The tweet was signed "-H," meaning it's from Clinton herself.)

@potus Nice job last night. Aunt Hillary approves. #WHCD -H

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 1, 2016

Obama teased Clinton for her difficulty appealing to younger voters at the dinner.

"Look, I've said how much I admire Hillary's toughness, her smarts, her policy chops, her experience," Obama told the crowd of politicians, celebrities and journalists. "You’ve got to admit it though: Hillary trying to appeal to young voters is a little bit like your relative who just signed up for Facebook.

"'Dear America, did you get my poke?'" he continued, impersonating Clinton. "'Is it appearing on your wall? I’m not sure I am using this right. Love, Aunt Hillary.'

"It's not entirely persuasive," Obama concluded.

Clinton did not attend the annual dinner. Her rival for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, however, was there, as well as some of Clinton's top staffers, including campaign manager Robby Mook and vice chair Huma Abedin.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Donald Trump returned to the Hoosier state Sunday, saying "it's over" for his Republican rivals as he began a two-day swing ahead of Indiana's primary Tuesday.

With new polls showing Trump with a strong lead over rival Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump said his competitors are "hanging by their fingertips."

"By the way, if we win Indiana, it's over. OK? If we win Indiana, it's over. It's over. And we're going to get there -- I shouldn't say this, 'cause it takes away your incentive. We're going to get there anyway. But if we win Indiana, most people think that they quit the race. And, then we can focus on crooked Hillary [Clinton]. Please, let's focus on Hillary," Trump told the packed theater.

"I knocked out 17 people. I mean, the two last ones, they're like hanging by their fingertips. They’re choking, don't let me fall, don't let me fall," Trump said grasping onto an imaginary mountain pretending to be Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Cruz. "Let me choose Carly, maybe that'll turn it around. But Carly got out, she had zero. How she -- when somebody gets out, you had no popularity, it doesn’t help, right? And she’s a nice woman. Now, if you could say [former Indiana basketball coach] Bobby Knight, that’s a different story. Do we agree?"

Just Saturday, the Trump campaign was dealt another delegate blow –- loosing delegates at the Republican state conventions in Virginia and Arizona, states the New York billionaire won in the respective state's primaries. Campaign officials have repeatedly said they are confident the frontrunner will secure the nomination in the first ballot round of voting.

"I don’t think people can get away with that stuff. So we don't play the second ballot game," Trump said Sunday.

As the polls continue to show Trump has a problem with women, he dusted off a line from his early travels around the country regarding women's health.

"Women want to see a strong country. Women want to see a strong military. Women want to see strong borders. And on top of that, nobody will be better to women and nobody will be better to women’s health issues -- a big thing -- than Donald Trump. That I can tell you, OK? Nobody. Nobody."

A small group of protesters gathered outside the arena. Well over a thousand Trump supporters were blocked from entering the theater after the fire marshall said the facility had reached capacity. Trump will be campaigning over the next two days across Indiana.

About three dozen protesters were outside Donald Trump's rally in Terre Haute, Ind., today. They stayed peaceful. pic.twitter.com/fFgUv59Uak

— Ben Gittleson (@bgittleson) May 1, 2016

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump wasn't criticizing women when he accused Hillary Clinton of playing the "woman card" in order to get elected president, a senior adviser to his campaign said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's comments this week in which he said Clinton would receive less support if she was a man and that women don't like her.

"I think he is pointing out something, frankly, Bernie Sanders' campaign has been talking about for months -- that Hillary Clinton's biggest thing that she's running on is the fact that she's a woman," she said. "The person that is playing the woman card is Hillary, not Donald Trump."

Trump made the comments despite Clinton receiving a higher percentage of the vote among female Democrats than he received among female Republicans during five primaries last Tuesday. Huckabee Sanders expressed confidence Trump would win them over.

"At the end of the day, they're going to side with Donald Trump," Huckabee Sanders said.

EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock disagreed that playing up the fact that she's a woman would hurt Clinton among female voters.

"She does happen to be a woman -- that is true," she said. "But really this campaign has been focused on economic opportunities for women and families in this country on a whole wide breadth of issues."

Trump, meanwhile, has had to fend off criticism for endorsements that may prove problematic with the female demographic. Former boxer Mike Tyson, who was convicted of rape in 1992, recently endorsed him. His endorsement is featured in a new anti-Trump attack ad released by the Trusted Leadership PAC.

According to Huckabee Sanders, though, every endorsement counts this election year.

"Donald Trump is looking for the endorsement and the vote of every American," she said. "I think that's why he's doing so well."

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he’s worried about Donald Trump as a potential commander-in-chief, and says some world leaders are “quite concerned” about a potential Trump presidency.

"Many of them have -- have said publicly how worried they are about the possibility of Mr. Trump becoming president," Gates said in an exclusive interview on “This Week” Sunday. "His unpredictability, his lack of understanding of the complexity of international affairs, his threats, his claims that he's going to make other countries do things, when, in fact, the president of the United States does not have the power to make them do things."

“So I think -- I think a lot of leaders around the world, both among our friends and potential adversaries, are quite concerned,” Gates added.

Addressing the Republican front-runner's recent foreign policy speech, Gates said it showed someone who "doesn’t understand the difference between a business negotiation and a negotiation with sovereign powers."

The former Defense Secretary also voiced concerns about Trump’s willingness to take advice.

"One of the things that worries me, Martha, is that he doesn’t appear to listen to people," Gates told ABC’s Martha Raddatz. "He believes that he has all the answers, that he is the smartest man in the room."

"And I've worked for some very different presidents – Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Barack Obama," Gates said. "One of the things they all had in common was a willingness to listen to people who had experience, and then make their own independent judgments."

Gates has worked under eight different presidents on both sides of the aisle and served as Defense Secretary under both President George W. Bush’s and President Obama from 2006-2011.

His record in public service led the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin to suggest him as a possible third party candidate, if Trump secures the Republican nomination.

The former Defense Secretary laughed off the suggestion of a possible presidential bid. "That's the silliest thing I've ever heard,” he said.

Gates also put to rest the possibility of being Donald Trump's running mate.

"One of the problems with being vice president, is if you totally disagree with the president you can’t quit," he said.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) --   Republican presidential candidate John Kasich joined the likes of sports stars and musical artists by helping a young woman ask her peer to prom.

"Hey Nico, it would be 'Kay-sick' if you would go to the prom with Julia," the Ohio governor said in the video, intentionally mispronouncing his own name.

Julia Khan, the 17-year-old high school senior in the video, tweeted Kasich's "promposal" was successful. "He said yess!!" she wrote.

He said yes!! Thanks for your help, @JohnKasich and @cwclub — about to be the best prom ever! pic.twitter.com/LN33CbmM43

— Julia Khan (@JuliaTheKhan) April 30, 2016

But neither Khan, from Los Altos, Calif., nor her date actually plan to vote for Kasich in California's GOP primary in June, she told ABC News. They are bigger fans of Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, she said.

"My prom date and I are both Clinton supporters," Khan, who lives in Los Altos, Calif., told ABC News. "So I guess it was just an opportunity to have a presidential candidate help me ask my friend to prom."

Kasich penned his own tweet in response to Khan's video, which was filmed on Friday after he participated in a town hall style-meeting in San Francisco. "That's great!" he wrote. "Have an awesome time!"

That's great! Have an awesome time! -John https://t.co/AHFc82j71K

— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) April 30, 2016

Kasch's video contribution did not actually clinch the deal, although it was fun to make, according to Khan. She and her date had already planned to attend the dance together later this month, she said.

Even though she plans to vote for Clinton, Khan said she appreciated that Kasich was still taking questions from voters in such an accessible manner. She said she asked a question about cybersecurity during Friday's event.

"This is my only shot to get an issues-based question answered by anyone on the Republican side," she said. "I have a lot of respect for Kasich."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump holds a 15 percentage point lead over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Indiana ahead of the state's Republican primary this week, according to a new poll from NBC/WSJ/Marist released Sunday morning.

Trump earned 49 percent support in the new poll, while Cruz garnered 34 percent and John Kasich had 13 percent.

The result would help pave the way to the GOP presidential nomination for the real estate mogul, padding his delegate lead and giving him a viable way to become the "presumptive nominee" by clinching 1,237 pledged delegates after California and New Jersey vote on June 7.

Indiana is a winner-take-most state worth 57 delegates -- 30 delegates to the statewide winner and 27 delegates based on the winners of each congressional district. Even if Trump loses the state, he will still have a viable path to winning the nomination, using unbound delegates from states like Pennsylvania, North Dakota and Louisiana.

The poll also shows a majority of GOP voters in Indiana disapprove of the attempted alliance between Cruz and Kasich to consolidate the anti-Trump vote in the state. Fifty-eight percent of them say they disapprove of the combined effort to block Trump, while only 22 percent said it was a major factor in their vote.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a tight race in the Hoosier State. The poll has Clinton with 50 percent support, while Sanders garners 46 percent -- close enough to be within the poll's margin of error.

Indiana is a proportional state worth 83 pledged delegates for the Democrats. After Indiana votes, it will be mathematically impossible for Sanders to clinch the Democratic nomination using only pledged delegates -- and will need help from the superdelegates to win.

Sanders needs to win remaining states by an average of 30 percentage points to lead the pledged delegate count.

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NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  President Barack Obama took aim at the 2016 presidential field at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday, hitting Republican front-runner Donald Trump the hardest during his humorous speech and leaving the audience waiting until the end for the punchiest lines.

Obama faked that he was finishing his speech before doing an about-face and proceeded to say, "Nah. I'm just kidding you. You know I’ve got to talk about Trump. Come on."

"I am a little hurt that he’s not here tonight," the president said. "It’s surprising. You got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras, and he says no."

He added, "Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald?"

Obama said he wished Trump attended, mainly because the real estate tycoon knows a lot about shutting down waterfront properties, which would come in handy when it comes to closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

He went on to joke about the Republican presidential race.

"Things are a little more loose," Obama said. "Just look at the confusion over the invitations to tonight dinner. Guests were asked to check whether they wanted steak or fish. But instead a whole bunch of you wrote in Paul Ryan," a reference to the wishes of some establishment Republicans for the House Speaker to become the nominee.

"You may not like steak or fish, but that's your choice," Obama said.

 Obama also poked fun at the media for the amount of coverage Trump has received.

"I hope you all are proud of yourselves," Obama told the audience. "The guy wanted to give his hotel business a boost and now we're praying that Cleveland makes it through July."

The annual event brings together politicians, journalists, and celebrities and features a humorous address by the president. This year Obama highlighted Vice President Joe Biden, who was making his first appearance at the event since the 2008 election.

"I love Joe Biden, I really do," he said, thanking the vice president for not "shooting anyone in the face," a nod to a hunting accident involving former vice president Dick Cheney. On a serious note, Obama thanked Biden for his dedication to public service, his friendship and his counsel.

Obama was joined by headline entertainer Larry Wilmore, a comedian that many watching in the audience and at home said on social media fell flat delivering his jokes. At times, those sitting in the crowd sat stone-faced during his routine.

"My eighth and final appearance at this unique event," Obama said, at the beginning of his routine. "I’m excited if this material works well I’m going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year."

"Earn me some serious Tubmans," he said poking fun at the recent announcement that abolitionist Harriet Tubman will soon be the face of the $20 bill.

Taking more shots at the Republican presidential field, Obama mocked Senator Ted Cruz and his recent appearance in Indiana where he called a basketball hoop a ring. "What’s next? Is baseball sticks or football hats, but sure I’m the boring one," he said to the laughter in the audience.

He showed more deference toward Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, setting the stage for her as the presumptive president when next year’s dinner rolls around.

"Someone else will be in this spot and it’s anyone’s guess who she will be," he said.

 Obama also made fun of Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s rival for the Democratic nomination who attended the dinner, noting the Democratic senator from Vermont has sought to keep his distance from the president’s record at times.

"I am hurt, Bernie, that you've been distancing yourself from me,” he said. "That's just not something you do to your comrade."

Obama said Clinton didn’t have quite as exciting a slogan as Sanders’ "Feel the Bern," joking Clinton’s is: "Trudge up the Hill."

Obama seemed to have fun at the expense of Washingtonians.

At one point, he alluded to his pick to take over the vacant Supreme Court justice spot, who Republicans are blocking, calling for the doors to be locked in the banquet in order to get a vote by the senators in attendance on nominee Merrick Garland "right here, right now."

"But it’s not just Congress, even some foreign leaders have been looking ahead and anticipating my departure," he said. "Last week, Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe. That was a slap in the face. A clear breach of protocol."

As his speech came to a close, Obama grew serious, thanking the assembled journalists for their work and advocating that they point out when facts are being skewed or ignored.

"With that I have only two things to say," he said in closing. "Obama out!"

He then, literally, dropped the mic.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With a pivotal vote in Indiana this week, Ted Cruz is vowing to "go the distance," whatever the outcome of Tuesday's primary.

"It is an incredibly important state," Cruz said of Indiana on ABC's "This Week." "We are competing hard. I hope we do well here. I can tell you I'm barnstorming the state, we're in a bus with my family, we're doing everything we can to earn the votes of the men and women in this state. We're going the distance. We're competing the entire distance.”

Cruz, trailing his main rival Donald Trump by 431 delegates, enters this week after two weeks of losses to Trump in six states. When pressed by ABC News’ Martha Raddatz about whether Indiana is a must win, Cruz would not say. While it is mathematically impossible for Cruz to clinch the 1237 delegates needed to secure the nomination before the Republican convention in July, Cruz says Trump won't get there either.

"We're going to go in into Cleveland. It is going to be a contested convention," Cruz said. "I believe at the convention, the highest total Trump gets, it will be the first ballot and that we are seeing the party unite behind our campaign."

Cruz said he is hoping the announcement of Carly Fiorina as his running mate followed by the endorsement of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will help him secure a win on Tuesday in Indiana and give his campaign momentum in other states like California.

"I was honored to receive the support of Governor Pence. He is a trusted conservative. He's someone that Hoosiers respect, and he has a remarkable record here in Indiana of leading with common sense conservative values," Cruz said on "This Week."

In Pence's endorsement of Cruz on April 29, he also spoke glowingly about Trump, saying he wanted to "commend" Trump for giving voice to those who are frustrated.

Asked if he respects Trump, Cruz would only say "I am glad Donald ran. I think he energized and excited a lot of people, but I think his views -- he is a big government liberal just like Barack Obama and just like Hillary Clinton.”

The Texas senator also hit Trump for suggesting that the U.S. should reduce military aid to Israel, and likened his position to that of the Obama administration.

"In this speech, Donald Trump once again didn't stand with Israel," Cruz said. "That's what we've seen for seven years. If you like this administration, not standing with Israel, that's what Donald Trump has said he would do."

Cruz and his running mate Fiorina have repeatedly tried to connect Trump with Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner.

"I don't think we want to nominate, have the general election be between two rich, New York, big government liberals. Instead, the way we win is we provide a clear contrast, we paint in bold colors, not pale pastels and the difference between Carly and me on the one side and Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump I think couldn't be clearer," Cruz said.

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NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama was the King of "Nerd Prom" at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in the nation's capital on Saturday night.

The president showed his comedic side by taking shots at himself, but spent a significant amount of time joking about the campaign season, saying he was disappointed Donald Trump didn't make an appearance.

"What could he possibly be doing instead?" he asked the room of journalism's best. "Is he at home, eating a Trump steak? Tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What's he doin'?"

He joked that Trump "could be valuable" with closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

"Because Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground," he said to roaring laughter.

President Obama also made a crack at Hillary Clinton and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio after they received backlash for a controversial joke they recently made around "colored-people time."

"I was running on CPT, which stands for, 'Jokes that white people should not make,'" he said.

He called Bernie Sanders, who was the only presidential candidate in the audience, the "bright new face of the Democratic party," but said he was a little hurt that Sanders has kept his distance from the White House.

"I am hurt though Bernie, that you've been distancing yourself a little from me," he said. "I mean that's just not something you do to your comrade."

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ABC News(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Ted Cruz won 10 of the 13 delegates up for grabs at the Virginia Republican Convention Saturday, with Donald Trump taking the other three after state delegates voted in favor of the slate recommended by the nominations committee.

The result had many Trump supporters upset, because Trump won the Virginia primary.

"I voted for Cruz in the primary but I am against this slate because this is not what our state voted for," said one delegate who took the mic to voice her concerns.

Cruz surrogate Ken Cuccinnelli argued that the outcome Saturday was out of line, because Trump only won 38 percent of the vote in Virginia.

"Ted is successfully coalescing -- unifying, most of the rest of the party and that's the only way we can do this, that's the only way we can win a vote like this," he told ABC after the vote.

"That and having a good grassroots is why we're doing so well in these events all around the country," he added.

Cuccinelli went on to say the slate was an "olive branch" to Trump supporters.

"If we wanted a 13-0 slate, we could have had it. Instead we supported the mixed slate that was a unity slate, and that's an effort we're trying to make all around the country," he said.

Some Trump supporters took solace in the fact that Trump is ahead in the delegate count.

"We are really pleased that Donald Trump has 1,002 delegates as of today and will be our next president," delegate Clay Chase said.

"At the end of the day, Trump is going to win on the first ballot, so the selection of the delegates is kind of a moot point, really," said Trump surrogate Corey Stewart.

"We thought it was a good show, and we did better than expected," he added.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Prominent Satanists want to be clear: Ted Cruz need not apply.

After former House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday called the current Republican presidential candidate “Lucifer in the flesh,” saying he found it difficult to work with him, officials from the Church of Satan decried the comparison.

"Having a conservative Christian likened to Lucifer — one who opposes equal rights for same sex couples and promotes the ability to deny services to any with different values — we Satanists see as besmirching the positive, heroic aspects of that character as portrayed by Milton in his epic Paradise Lost," Magus Peter Howard Gilmore, the high priest of The Church of Satan, said in a statement.

Lucien Greaves, a spokesman and co-founder for the Satanic Temple, told ABC News he thinks Cruz engages in “clearly deplorable behavior” and that Boehner’s comments were “thoughtless and ignorant.”

"Christians can’t just push Cruz off on Satanists," Greaves said.“All he’s trying to say is that Ted Cruz is some type of embodiment of evil,” Greaves said. “I think that’s a rather destructive, backward mindset, because when you take clearly Christian individuals, clearly Christian activities, and things go sour, you pass them off as the influence of Satan.

"It really prevents you from thinking clearly.”

Cruz had previously dismissed Boehner's comparison, saying he had hardly interacted with the Ohio Republican over the years.

While Gilmore, the high priest, said that Satanists have not expressed any “collective support for any specific politicians,” Greaves said Satanists do not “want” Cruz and that he “is everything opposite of what we represent.”

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BernieSanders.com(NEW YORK) --  Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his presidential candidacy a year ago today. And over the past 12 months, his campaign has followed an almost poetic arch: taking the country by storm (and surprise), amassing a staff of over 1,000 people, breaking fundraising records and drawing some of the largest and most energetic crowds of this election cycle.

But the momentum continued to slow this week after big losses along the eastern seaboard and his chances to secure the Democratic nomination closed considerably. Sanders’ team also announced they were shrinking their staff as the primary calendar nears its end.

Until then, here’s a look back at some of the highlights of Sanders’ run:

Bernie Sanders’ First Campaign Announcement on Capitol Hill -- April 30, 2015

 The longest-serving independent congressman held a makeshift news conference on the Senate lawn to inform reporters that he was challenging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the nomination. "How do we create an economy that works for all of our people, rather than a small number of billionaires?” he said, his words almost identical to those delivered in every one of his speeches over the next year.

The Vermont senator was noticeably in a rush that day, almost uncomfortable or dismissive of the event. With his now infamous messy hair blowing in the wind and the far-from-thought-out shot for the cameras, it’s easy to see why many people were a little dismissive of the announcement, especially those unfamiliar with his significant social media presence.

Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Launch in Burlington, Vt. -- May 26, 2015

 A month later, the senator look another stab at his announcement and formally launched his campaign on the shores of Lake Champlain in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont, where he had served as mayor, before being elected to Congress in 1990. The free-spirited, tie-dyed sunny event felt as much like a musical festival as a political event. The Woodstock generation and young hipsters there ate free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and talked of the 74-year-old’s authenticity. It was a sendoff in some ways -- a celebration -- and the senator would return to a hometown hero’s welcome the next March on Super Tuesday, when he would win Vermont with 86 percent of the vote but lose seven out of the 11 states that voted that day.

Bernie Sanders’ Rally in Los Angeles Featuring Sarah Silverman -- Aug. 10, 2015

The hallmark of the Sanders’ campaign quickly became his huge rallies. From city to city, college campus to college campus, the senator surprised everyone (reporters, party leaders, his opponents and even himself) with his ability to bring out tens of thousands of people to hear him speak. His first rally in Los Angeles, pictured here, featured some Hollywood star-power and signaled to the country and the Democratic Party that a “movement” was building.

Larry David/"Saturday Night Live" -- Oct. 17, 2015

The senator’s unbelievable doppelganger, comedian Larry David, solidified one fact: Sanders was now cool. David’s debut of his role on NBC’s "Saturday Night Live," delighted fans and the senator himself, who referenced the character and David’s impression from that point forward in almost a meta-comedy Sanders-doing-Sanders bit of comedy.

Coin Flips at the Iowa Primary -- Feb. 1, 2016

Sanders lost the first state to vote by 0.3 percent. On Election Day, several caucuses were so close they were decided by the flip of a coin. Diehard Sanders fans still talk about that fact as they lament party rules and regulations. On the flipside, Sanders emerged from Iowa with almost exactly the same number of delegates as Clinton.

Bernie Sanders Celebrates Win in New Hampshire -– Feb. 9, 2016

Sanders told ABC News’ Cecilia Vega days after the New Hampshire primary that it was his biggest victory to date and, yet, he barely had time to enjoy it.

"Biggest political victory of my life, I haven't had a chance to read it," Sanders said.

The Vermont senator won his neighboring state by an astonishing 22 percent, more than either side had predicted. He celebrated by playing basketball with his grandkids before a victory rally in the state. Less than three weeks later, he would be trailing Clinton by 26 pledged delegates after losing Nevada and South Carolina.

A Bird Lands on Sanders' Podium in Portland, Ore. -- March 25, 2016

Yea, Portland literally put a bird on it. During a rally in the town in March, a small sparrow landed on the senator’s stage. He seemed to almost beckon it with a flick of his hand and then stood in happy disbelief as it landed right on his podium. “Birdie Sanders” broke the Internet that day and spawned subsequent cultish artwork. Sanders himself called it a hopeful sign for world peace, because ... again ... Portland.

Bernie Sanders Lights Up New York City With Washington Square Park Rally -- April 14, 2016

Clinton won a resounding and decisive victory in New York, beating Sanders by 16 percentage points and all but clinching the nomination. Still, with an eye-popping event in the city’s iconic Washington Square Park, Sanders reinforced the fact that young people flock to him. With over 27,000 people, according to the campaign, filling parking space and surrounding blocks, the Brooklyn-born Sanders had an undeniably memorable night.

His Campaign Today

Despite his overwhelming delegate deficit and mounting pressure from the Clinton campaign and some voters to concede and begin the process of unifying the Democratic Party, Sanders has instead pledged in recent days to fight on until the last vote is cast.

While he has scaled back his team, he has not yet scaled back his travel plans. The senator flew this week out to Oregon for a day of events, before heading back to Indiana to keep campaigning as the Tuesday primary approaches.

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