Who will be the next president of the United States? With the election only a few months away, the Democratic Party has been on the hunt for its next 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, Biden is the only contender left, and his former opponents are now supporting 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 endorsed Biden as the Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election. In a livestream, the former rivals declared the two campaigns were joining to make sure President Donald Trump doesn’t get re-elected.
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, he has thrown all his support to the former vice president. Sanders asked everyone to vote for Biden, telling his former opponent, “we need you in the White House.”
The endorsement gives Biden more time to reach voters who might be on the fence. Plus, he could snag some of Sanders’ supporters to the Biden cause.
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.”
The pair were in talks over recent weeks, 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.
“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.”
Sanders is not the only former candidate to endorse 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?