Who will be the next president of the United States? With the 2020 election only a few months away, the Democratic Party has been on the hunt for its presidential candidate – and it finally looks like the race has been narrowed down to one. That man is Joe Biden. While his nomination isn’t official yet, the former Vice President is the only contender left, and his former opponents for the role are now rallying to support him.
In second place was Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who dropped out of the race last Wednesday. Then, in a surprise move on Monday, April 13, Senator Bernie Sanders publicly announced his endorsement of Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential elections. A livestream from Sanders paired the former rivals as they declared the two campaigns were joining to make sure President Donald Trump doesn’t get re-elected.
Sanders’ intentions were clear. Blasted across the livestreaming website is the following message: “We must come together to defeat the most dangerous president in modern history. I’m joining @JoeBiden’s livestream with a special announcement.”
Sanders added, “I will do all that I can to make that happen.”
On April 8, Sanders suspended his campaign but did not drop out of the race, instead encouraging his supporters to continue voting for him. Now, just five days later, the former candidate waves the white flag and throws all his support to the former VP. The endorsement is a boon for Biden, giving him more time to reach voters who might be on the fence. Plus, with Bernie’s approval, there’s an opportunity to snag some of his supporters to the Biden cause.
Sanders asked everyone to vote for Biden, telling his former opponent, “we need you in the White House.”
Biden thanked Sanders for the endorsement, promising, “If I am the nominee, which it looks like now you just made me, I am going to need you, not just to win the campaign, but to govern.”
“It’s no great secret, Joe, that you and I have our differences, and we are not going to paper them over,” Sanders said during the live broadcast. “That’s real. But I hope that these task forces will come together, utilizing the best minds and people in your campaign and in my campaign, to work out real solutions to these very, very important problems.”
The pair had been in talks over recent weeks, their staff teams creating “task forces” to work on serious issues Americans are facing right now. Some of the concerns addressed include health care, criminal justice, the economy, immigration reform, climate, and education.
Sanders is not the only former candidate to have endorsed Joe Biden – many others who hoped to win the nomination for themselves are now supporting the former Vice President. Will the Democratic Party soon make his nomination official?