Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders ended today his presidential candidacy, “clearing” the way at a time of national crisis. for a general election between Democratic nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr., and President.Donald J. Drumpf
Senator Sanders’s drop from the race is a striking turnaround for a candidate who 45 days ago was the front-runner for the Democratic Party.
In a live-streamed speech, Mr. Sanders, announced his decision in the broader context of the fight against the coronavirus.
“I cannot in good conscience continue to mount a campaign that cannot win and which would interfere with the important work required of all of us in this difficult hour. While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not.”
Shortly after Senator Biden spokeannounced his decision, Mr. Biden issued a statement thanking his opponent while acknowledging the need to draw Mr. Sanders’s loyal base into his coalition.
“I’ll be reaching out to you…. You will be heard by me… 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.”
At the same time Senator Sanders made it clear at his speach, that even if he viewed Mr. Biden as the party’s 2020 nominee, he would remain on the ballot in states that still have primaries to try to gather delegates
The aforementioned move by Mr. Sanders will give him leverage to influence the Democratic platform and continue carrying his message.