Bernie Sanders acknowledged in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Thursday that he faces \u0022a hard path\u0022 to win the Democratic presidential nomination—but maintained that he\u0026#039;s up to the challenge, asserting that \u0022the people in every state in this country have the right to vote for the agenda that they want.\u0022\u0022It\u0026#039;s not unrealistic,\u0022 he stressed, but \u0022it\u0026#039;s a hard path, I admit that.\u0022\u0022Look, if we do not have a majority, it\u0026#039;s gonna be...hard for us to win,\u0022 Sanders told reporter Andrea Mitchell in his first interview since losing the New York primary to rival Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. \u0022The only fact that I think remains uncertain is if we continue to be running significantly stronger than she is against Donald Trump, or whoever the Republican nominee will be. I think that\u0026#039;s a factor.\u0022\u0022I think there are a lot of Democrats out there who are scared to death—as I am—about the possibility of a Trump presidency,\u0022 Sanders continued. \u0022And the Democrats, by and large, want to see the strongest candidate possible to take on and defeat Trump or some other Republican. At this point, according to virtually all of the polls, that candidate is me.\u0022Indeed, several national polls have showed Sanders beating Trump by a larger margin than Clinton.Mitchell then asked: \u0022Will you help persuade your young followers, if [Clinton] wins the nomination, to follow her the way she campaigned for Barack Obama?\u0022\u0022Well, first of all,\u0022 Sanders responded, \u0022I\u0026#039;ve got to find out what her platform is, what the views are that she is going to be bringing forth, to what degree she will adopt many of the ideas that are extremely popular and I think, very sensible.\u0022\u0022But, it is again, a two-way street,\u0022 he continued. \u0022I want to see the Democratic party have the courage to stand up to big money interests in a way that they have not in the past, take on the drug companies, take on Wall Street, take on the fossil fuel industry and I want to see them come up with ideas that really do excite working families and young people in this country.\u0022Asked if he had \u0022any thought\u0022 about getting out of the race before the Democratic National Convention in June, Sanders responded quickly: \u0022No.\u0022Watch a portion of the exchange below:The next states to vote for their presidential preferences are Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, and Connecticut, which cast ballots on Tuesday.A poll released Friday from Indiana, which holds its open primary the following week on May 3, shows Clinton holding onto a narrow, 3-point lead over Sanders.