Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), formerly a presidential hopeful, threw his support behind former Vice President Joe Biden on a joint livestream on Monday afternoon. Sen. Sanders’ support this early is surprising, after much speculation as to whether or not the self-proclaimed socialist would endorse the presumed nominee.
#BREAKING: Sen. Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden: "Today I am asking all Americans -- I'm asking every Democrat, I'm asking every independent, I'm asking a lot of Republicans - to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy which I endorse." pic.twitter.com/Ty1r9ligJx— The Hill (@thehill) April 13, 2020
Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden, saying he wanted to make certain Democrats defeat "the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country.” https://t.co/4sX9FFVjs9 pic.twitter.com/PF95fofUpi— ABC News (@ABC) April 13, 2020
Biden and Sanders fought viciously during the primary, especially on issues of healthcare and the environment, which are important to Democratic voters. Sen. Sanders’ painted the former vice president as too moderate, while Biden characterized Sen. Sanders’ far-left policy proposals as unfeasible. Sen. Sanders’ hammered former Vice President Biden on votes during his time in the Senate, including the Iraq War and the 1994 Crime Bill.
After pledging his support, Biden praised the efforts of Sen. Sanders:
Joe Biden, in response, heralds Bernie Sanders' impact on the Democratic Party:— Dan Merica (@merica) April 13, 2020
"You don't get enough credit, Bernie for being the voice that forces us to take a hard look in the mirror and ask ourselves, 'Have we done enough?' And we haven’t." https://t.co/6IgHbXUPIM
Joe Biden to Bernie Sanders: "If I am the nominee, which it looks like you just made me..."— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) April 13, 2020
“I’m going to need you. Not just to win the campaign, but to govern.”
Sen. Sanders' campaign press secretary voiced her disagreement with her boss's choice to endorse Biden:
With the utmost respect for Bernie Sanders, who is an incredible human being & a genuine inspiration, I don't endorse Joe Biden.— Briahna Joy Gray (@briebriejoy) April 13, 2020
I supported Bernie Sanders because he backed ideas like #MedicareForAll, cancelling ALL student debt, & a wealth tax. Biden supports none of those.
On the livestream today, Biden said he thinks it's ridiculous that we don't treat healthcare as a human right. If that's true, I look forward to him embracing #MedicareForAll.— Briahna Joy Gray (@briebriejoy) April 13, 2020
Sen. Sanders’ endorsement of the former vice president leaves just one former primary contender outstanding: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Where is @ewarren? She's been out of the race for more than a month. Bernie endorses Biden after dropping out last week.— Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) April 13, 2020
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) postponed the party’s convention, originally slated for June, to August on account of COVID-19. Former Vice President Joe Biden has virtually locked up the nomination.
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