Bernie Sanders Drops 2020 Bid, Leaving Biden as Likely Democratic Party Nominee (FULL)



Sen. Bernie Sanders, who saw his once-strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party’s establishment lined swiftly up behind rival Joe Biden, ended his presidential bid on Wednesday, acknowledging the former vice president is too far ahead for him to have any reasonable hope of catching up.

The Vermont senator’s announcement makes Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump in a general election campaign that will be waged against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sanders initially exceeded sky-high expectations about his ability to recreate the magic of his 2016 presidential bid, and even overcame a heart attack last October. But he found himself unable to convert unwavering support from progressives into a viable path to the nomination, with “electability” fears fueled by questions about whether his democratic socialist ideology would be palatable to general election voters.

“The path toward victory is virtually impossible,” Sanders told supporters Wednesday. “If I believed we had a feasible path to the nomination I would certainly continue the campaign, but it’s just not there.”

He called Biden a “very decent man” but didn’t offer an explicit endorsement of the former vice president. Sanders said his name would remain on the ballot in states that have not yet held primaries so he can gain more delegates and “exert significant influence” on the Democratic platform.

Biden credited Sanders for creating “a movement” and appealed to his progressive supporters.

“I see you, I hear you, and I understand the urgency of what it is we have to get done in this country,” Biden said. “I hope you will join us. You are more than welcome. You’re needed.”

Sanders began his latest White House bid facing questions about whether he could win back the supporters who chose him four years ago as an insurgent alternative to Hillary Clinton. Despite winning 22 states in 2016, there were no guarantees he’d be a major presidential contender this cycle.

But Sanders used strong polling and solid fundraising — collected almost entirely from small donations made online — to quiet early doubters. Like the first time, he attracted widespread support from young voters and made new inroads within the Hispanic community, even as his appeal with African Americans remained weak.

Sanders amassed the most votes in Iowa and New Hampshire, which opened primary voting, and cruised to an easy victory in Nevada — seemingly leaving him well positioned to sprint to the Democratic nomination while a deeply crowded and divided field of alternatives sunk around him.

But a crucial endorsement of Biden by influential South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, and a subsequent, larger-than-expected victory in South Carolina, propelled the former vice president into Super Tuesday, when he won 10 of 14 states.

In a matter of days, Biden’s former Democratic rivals lined up to endorse him. His campaign had appeared on the brink of collapse after New Hampshire but found new life as the rest of the party’s more moderate establishment coalesced around him as an alternative to Sanders.

Things only got worse the following week when Sanders lost Michigan, where he had campaigned hard and upset Clinton in 2016. He was also beaten in Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho the same night, and the results were so decisive that Sanders headed to Vermont without speaking to the media.

The coronavirus outbreak essentially froze the campaign, preventing Sanders from holding the large rallies that had become his trademark and shifting the primary calendar. It became increasingly unclear where he could notch a victory that would help him regain ground against Biden.

Though he will not be the nominee, Sanders was a key architect of many of the social policies that dominated the Democratic primary, including a “Medicare for All” universal, government-funded health care plan, tuition-free public college, a $15 minimum wage and sweeping efforts to fight climate change under the “Green New Deal.”

Sanders began the 2020 race by arguing that he was the most electable Democrat against Trump. He said his working-class appeal could help Democrats win back Rust Belt states that Trump won in 2016, including Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. But as the race wore on, the senator reverted to his 2016 roots, repeatedly stressing that he backs a “political revolution” from the bottom up under the slogan “Not me. Us.”

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42 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Drops 2020 Bid, Leaving Biden as Likely Democratic Party Nominee (FULL)”

  1. Fighting Against Biden was more noble than to Fight against TRUMP… ??? We know that in Europe… dear American Friends, we've seen what you did ( Bernies Supporters ) in 2016 …KEEP ON THAN… and/or You will give us an other opportunity to decline your "American Dream "

  2. We let Biden who finger banged his intern by force lead the Democratic party. Burnie must not have had dathers. Maybe thats why Obama is slow to back Biden. If you have little girls you fear men like Biden.

  3. Why did he wait until after the Wisconsin election to announce if it was SO dangerous to go vote? The results aren't in yet from Monday's election.

  4. So I'm never going to support an establishment candidate for as long as they continue stacking the deck against progressive candidates in any election. I don't have any incentive if they aren't going to run a fair process. If they stop all of their shenanigans to weight the scales for their choice then I'll consider unity, but they aren't unifies with us so I have not one little but of a reason to unify with them. They want to lie, smear, fund, knee-cap, and pull every dirty trick in the book to beat EVERY progressive that runs even when the PROGRESSIVES are the incumbents so I don't have ONE SINGLE REAL REASON to be unified with a party that actively fights every thing that I want seen done in our nation

  5. Hey sleepy 😴 Joe Biden when are you going to suspend your campaign you can’t even remember what state you’re in when you were campaigning and I don’t think you’re capable of running the country. 🇺🇸 President Trump will beat you in a landslide and make you a three-time loser. Sorry that’s the way I see it and most Americans.

  6. Brian Hurtado, thanks for spell checking for me. I was trying to get it down too fast, but it's a good thing you caught it for me. At least we have something in common, that is we are not perfect!

  7. No no no Bernie, this is where we part ways. Ty for running again but I won't be made to vote for joe. # fuck it four more years.

  8. Go outside, give each other a hug and don’t pay your taxes. It’s still possible to make a change. Thanks Bernie. Thank you for your invaluable service to mankind

  9. This sucks. He could have been president. But, the DNC is more interested in protecting their business interests. I hope CNN and MSNBC sends in jerks to belittle Joe everyday

    Sunday before Super Tuesday. Klobuchar, buttigieg and Liz (next day) drop out of the race. Same time, hysteria about coronavirus takes a nasty new turn in the media.

  10. hahahahhahahhahhahhahahahhahhhahahahahahhahahahahahahhahhhahhahhhahahahhahahahhahahahahahha

  11. 1:00 let's not forget that Nelson Mandela was literally a communist

    For bonus points, look up what "necklacing" is

  12. Darn, no health care for undocumented immigrants, a continuing "gap" between whites and blacks, human ritual sacrifice in jeopardy and LGBTQ NOT labelled a "minority" so businesses can get matching funds from the government to hire them. Truly, our workers have lost.

  13. Your ideas are needed and I look forward to you and Biden working together to better the USA and to uniting the people of America!

  14. It’s time to give it up and work together with Biden to do what needs to be done in November. There has been so many lives loss under this administration since his conception of presidency, . The administration and his partners have almost destroyed the democracy and a lot more. Let's rise up and stand against the evil that’s lerks in the White House. No more lives to be loss–because some can care less of humanity. Together we stand, divided we fall!

  15. You won Bernie! The exit polls proved this! We need real elections now! Paper ballots counted by randomly selected citizens in the open now! This country is going down hill fast. Bring us real elections!!

  16. poor Bernie- just couldn't get the votes two times in a row- When you count on the young to vote for you you will always be disappointed

  17. How can Biden run for president when he is caught on video bragging about a quid pro that helped his sons company from investigation?

    What is wrong with this picture?

  18. I want to thank all the great artists I grew up listening to turn around and back the Chinese Communist Party that suppressed it's Covid-19 numbers going back to November 2019. American's will never forget how you sold out to the Globalist Agenda just like this two time looser! [Some Of Those Who Work Forces Are The Same That Burn Crosses] Fucking Hypocrites!

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