After months of debates and campaigning Senator of Vermont. Bernie Sanders, officially ended his campaign, leaving former Vice President Joe Biden a path for the Democratic nomination.
Biden has earned 1,196 delegates, unlike Sanders who had only earned 914 delegates, according to NBC news. “I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth, and that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible,” Sanders said in a Livestream.
The nomination seemed to be Sanders until a surprising turn of events with a huge victory for Biden in South Carolina. The former Vice President seems to be doing very well in the polls amongst Independent voters and moderate Democrats compared to Sanders whose supporters were usually Liberal-Progressives.
Due to the Coronavirus, both Biden and Sanders had to end their rallies and campaigning around the country. The last debate with the two candidates aired on March 15th on CNN where the two debated in front of an empty audience and did not shake hands due to safety precautions. Biden and Sanders used the majority of the air time to discuss their health care plans and how they would be handling this pandemic as president.
Both candidates have called for various measures to handle this pandemic such as expanding employment benefits and guaranteed paid sick leave for employees. A key moment from the live debate is when Biden announced that his vice president will be a woman. “If I’m elected president, my Cabinet, my administration will look like the country, and I commit that I will, in fact, appoint, pick a woman to be vice president,” Biden said at the CNN debate in Washington, DC.
Biden claims that he has been communicating with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about ways to handle the crisis. Biden has also been outspoken about contacting local officials and called President Trump on how to handle the pandemic. “Vice President Biden and President Trump had a good call,” Biden spokesperson Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. “VP Biden shared several suggestions for actions the Administration can take now to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and expressed his appreciation for the spirit of the American people in meeting the challenges facing the nation.”
Sanders has also come up with ideas on how to deal with the pandemic such as new legislation in Congress that is aimed to help workers in the U.S. during the pandemic. His bill included 6 key steps on how to deal with the crisis such as ensuring workers remain employed and paid as well, using Medicare to cover health care cost, using the Defense Production Act to manufacture protective equipment and healthcare equipment, providing food for anyone in need of it, $600 billion in aid to states and cities, and a suspension of collections of rent, mortgage payments, medical debt, and consumer debt and suspension of student loan payments through the continuation of the pandemic.
With less than 7 months left until the presidential election, campaigning for the presidency between Biden and Trump will be extremely difficult in the new climate Americans have adapted to due to the Caornovirus.