Despite analytics site 538 giving Bernie Sanders a 0% chance of winning the 2020 Democratic primary by winning a majority of delegates, Sanders is not ready to back down.
WashingtonExaminer reports Bernie Sanders doesn’t sound like a candidate about to drop out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race.
The Vermont senator, Joe Biden’s last remaining rival for the nomination, appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday amid the coronavirus pandemic to talk about the outbreak and the status of his campaign.
“There is a path. It is admittedly a narrow path,” Sanders said.
But he added: “We have a strong grassroots movement who believe that we have got to stay in — in order to continue the fight to make the world know that we need ‘Medicare for all,’ that we need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, that we need paid family and medical leave.”
Sanders, once a front-runner, now trails Biden, the two-term vice president and 36-year Delaware senator, by about 300 pledged delegates. Biden has 1,174 delegates to the senator’s 862. A total of 1,991 is required to become the party’s next standard-bearer.
The Democratic primary has been dragged out as states postpone their contests to curb the spread of COVID-19. In the meantime, the pair have adapted to campaigning while under quarantine as the vast majority of the country adapts to stay-at-home orders.
Sanders has continued trumpeting his overarching message of the need for “Medicare for all” and a fairer economic system. He’s hosted a carousel of online events, including roundtables dedicated to discussing the novel respiratory illness, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 3,000 Americans.
During a livestream Monday night, he outlined what he would like to see included in a fourth economic stimulus package to mitigate the financial fallout caused by the disease. He called for generous provisions ensuring full paychecks during the crisis for sacked workers and guaranteed healthcare for all — with no deductibles, copayments, or out-of-pocket expenses.
“I hope very much that out of this terrible, terrible tragedy we do some fundamental rethinking about the nature of American society,” Sanders said. “What our moral statements are, what our priorities are. If we can do that, then at least there will be something good.”
Democratic voters will next weigh in on the race in Wisconsin on April 7, as local lawmakers and officials wrestle over measures to allow residents to cast their ballots via mail.