Will Sanders back Biden against Trump? Vermont senator has tough call to make after major primary defeats
Sanders will now need to make a decision on what's best for his campaign as calls for him to suspend the race and throw his support behind Biden are likely to grow louder
After a series of losses to former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders will now assess the future of his 2020 presidential campaign in the next several weeks.
“The next primary contest is at least three weeks away. Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign,” Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement on Wednesday.
“In the immediate term, however, he is focused on the government response to the coronavirus outbreak and ensuring that we take care of working people and the most vulnerable,” he added.
This comes after the Vermont senator was defeated by Biden in three major Democratic presidential nomination primaries on Tuesday, Fox News reports. The former vice president swept the primaries in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona with landslide victories, thereby solidifying his position as the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. Meanwhile, Sanders barely has any wiggle room to make a potential comeback to win the nomination. The Ohio primary was cancelled over coronavirus fears.
The socialist senator did not deliver a primary night speech for a second straight week on Tuesday. Instead, he chose to deliver an address on the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic -- calling for $2,000 per month checks to help families deal with economic slump caused by the outbreak.
The path ahead for Sanders is even more difficult now as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the nation. Most Americans are self-isolating and states with upcoming caucuses or primaries are already postponing the contests indefinitely.
Sanders will now need to make a decision on what's best for his campaign as calls for him to suspend the race and throw his support behind Biden are likely to grow louder.
That's a tough call to make, considering the Vermont senator has to ensure his political revolution continues the progressive fight. That said, his wife Jane – who’s also a senior adviser on his campaign – will probably help him decide the best move forward.