Candidate Clarification

by Celina Simmons

On April 8th, the news broke out on Bernie Sanders suspending his campaign in the 2020 presidential election. Many headlines then followed with a statement along the lines of “clearing the path of Democratic nominee for Joe Biden.” While Sanders acknowledges that this is likely the case, he stated that his name will remain on the ballot in the remaining primary races.

In an interview with Judy Woodruff for PBS NewsHour, Senator Sanders was asked what the value was in keeping his name on the ballots. He responded, “That’s the way it is in all of the remaining states that hold primaries. We would like to get as many delegates as we can, so that we have a stronger position at the Democratic Convention to help us shape the new platform of the Democratic Party and the other issues that the DNC deals with.”

Further in the interview, Senator Sanders addresses the support he has behind Biden in the efforts to get Donald Trump out of office. However, he believes that if Biden is going to win against Trump, he needs support from a lot of people he hasn’t gotten it from. “But I hope, in the coming weeks and months, I will be working and my staff will be working with Joe Biden and his team and making the point that if Joe is going to do well against Trump… He is going to have to reach out effectively to a whole lot of people…” He continued, “And that’s lower-income people. That is younger people. And he’s going to have to give those people the understanding that he hears them and he’s moving to respond to their concerns.”

Read more here.

In an article on The New York Post, Biden is quoted, “Bernie has put his heart and soul into not only running for president, but for the causes and issues he has been dedicated to his whole life.” He goes on, “And to your supporters I make the same commitment: I see you, I hear you, and I understand the urgency of what it is we have to get done in this country. I hope you will join us. You’re more than welcome. You’re needed. Together we will beat Trump. And when we do that, we’ll not only do the hard work of rebuilding this nation – we’ll transform it.”

Read the article here.

Joe Biden has posted an article in the New York Times explaining his strategy for getting the American economy back on track after beating the Coronavirus Pandemic. In this article he goes step-by-step as to what the national strategy should look like and how we will build a bridge from here to there. This could potentially be a huge one-up for Biden, as the Trump administration has yet to supply an answer to these questions he addresses. If you’d like to read Biden’s article, you can find it here.



Bernie Staying on the Ballot : https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/04/11/bernie_sanders_im_staying_on_the_ballot_to_shape_the_new_platform_of_the_democratic_party.html

Response to Bernie’s Campaign Suspension (NewYorkPost) : https://nypost.com/2020/04/08/bernie-sanders-will-stay-on-2020-ballot-to-exert-influence/

Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Strategy (NewYorkTimes) : https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/12/opinion/joe-biden-coronavirus-reopen-america.html

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