Bernie Sanders endorses ex-rival Joe Biden for president

By BBC On Tue, 14 Apr, 2020 08:30 | 2 mins read
Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden for US president. PHOTO | BBC

Former US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has endorsed Joe Biden’s campaign to take on Donald Trump in November’s election.

Senator Sanders pulled out of the contest to be the Democratic Party’s nominee last week, leaving Mr Biden as the only remaining candidate.

In a live split-screen webcast, former vice-president Mr Biden thanked his former rival for the endorsement.

Senator Sanders urged all Americans to unite to defeat Mr Trump.

He described him 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,” Mr Sanders, 78, said.

“It’s imperative that all of us work together.”

Mr Biden, 77, said he was “deeply grateful” for the endorsement and said he needed Mr Sanders not just for the campaign, but to govern.

“You’ve put the interests of this nation and the need to beat Donald Trump above all else. As you say – ‘Not me, us’,” he said.

Addressing the Vermont senator’s supporters, Mr Biden added: “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.”

Mr Biden said he and Mr Sanders were setting up policy working groups to address issues including climate change, health care and college fees.

It emerged shortly afterwards that Mr Biden had beaten Mr Sanders in last week’s Wisconsin’s Democratic presidential primary – held amid controversy because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Senator Sanders, a self-described “Democratic socialist”, ended his presidential campaign last week, telling supporters he could see no feasible path to get enough votes to win the nomination.

He became an early front-runner, popular with younger voters, and made healthcare and income inequalities key election issues.

However, he slipped behind Mr Biden in recent weeks.

Mr Sanders, an Independent, had sought the Democratic presidential nomination before, losing out in 2016 to Hillary Clinton.

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