Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, 78, formally gave up his dreams of winning the Democratic Party nomination on April 8, 2020. Now he is endorsing the party’s only remaining candidate, former United States vice president Joe Biden, 77.
The 2020 U.S. presidential election is scheduled for November 3, 2020. Seeking reelection, incumbent U.S. president Donald Trump, 73, and incumbent U.S. vice president Mike Pence are the candidates of the Republican Party.
Sanders wants all Americans to unite to defeat Donald Trump, 73. The Vermont senator described the incumbent U.S. president as “the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country.”
“Today I am asking all Americans, I’m asking every Democrat, I’m asking every independent, I’m asking a lot of Republicans to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy which I endorse,”Sanders said. “It’s imperative that all of us work together.”
Biden not only thanked Sanders for the endorsement. The former vice president said he needed the senator to help him campaign and govern.
“You’ve put the interests of this nation and the need to beat Donald Trump above all else,” Biden said. “As you say, ‘Not me, us.'”
While the U.S. is struggling to battle the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Biden beat Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary in Wisconsin. To Sanders’ supporters, Biden said, “I see you, I hear you, I understand the urgency of what it is that we have to get done in this country and I hope you’ll join us.”
Sanders describes himself as a Democratic socialist. As an independent, he previously sought the Democratic presidential nomination but lost in 2016 to Hillary Clinton, who ended up losing to Trump.
Meanwhile, Trump is currently busy dealing with the worsening COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. On April 13, 2020, he mentioned in his daily news briefing that the country’s social distancing efforts were successful as the number of deaths related to the virus had started to go down.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic worsened in the U.S. in March 2020, there have been tensions between governors and Trump. Recently, he was asked whether or not the federal government should make the decision to reopen schools and businesses.
“The president of the United States calls the shots,” Trump replied. “That being said, we’re going to work with the states.”