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Detroit — Hillary Clinton said Monday she considers Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders “an ally,” but wouldn’t say whether she would tap the Vermont senator as her running mate should she win the nomination.

“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Clinton said at the end of a town hall event Fox News hosted Monday evening at Detroit’s Gem Theatre. “I don’t want to think any further ahead than tomorrow and the Michigan primary.”

Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked Sanders whether he would join the ticket with Clinton should she prevail in the Democratic nominating process.

“We're talking about running this campaign to win to become president of the United States,” Sanders said.

Even with polls favoring Clinton by double digits, she and Sanders have been locked in aggressive campaign in Michigan over the past week that was in the national spotlight through a debate Sunday night in Flint and the one-hour Fox News town hall forum in Detroit.

Clinton and Sanders took turns taking questions from Baier and 250 people in the audience.

Michigan has 148 delegates at stake in Tuesday’s primary. The nominee needs to win 2,383 delegates. Clinton leads with 1,130 delegates to Sanders’ 499.

Clinton hadn’t appeared on the Fox cable news network in two years since a 2014 joint interview with Baier and Greta Van Susteren to promote her 2014 book.

Fox News will replay the Sanders-Clinton town hall show at 11 p.m. Monday. The show also is available for replay of FoxNews.com.

The cable news channel hosted Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate at the Fox Theatre, which generated 16.9 million viewers.

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