Bernie Sanders has endorsed Joe Biden for president. In a joint announcement Sanders said, ‘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’
BREAKING: Bernie Sanders has endorsed Joe Biden for president. In a joint announcement Sanders said, ‘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' pic.twitter.com/f5MhPmUwgj
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BREAKING: Bernie Sanders just endorsed Joe Biden for president.
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Fox News reports Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed Joe Biden for president on Monday, less than a week after suspending his own campaign for the Democratic Party nomination.
The Vermont senator made the announcement during a livestreamed virtual event with Biden.
“We are in a terrible moment, an unprecedented moment and I know we share the understand that we have to go forward, right now and out of this, in an unprecedented way to address the terrible pain that so many of our fellow Americans are feeling,” Sanders said.
“So today I am asking all Americans, I’m asking every Democrat and 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, to make certain that we defeat somebody who I believe, and I’m speaking just for myself now, is the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country,” he emphasized.
The announcement settles speculation on whether and when Sanders would formally back his former primary rival. He notably did not endorse when he suspended his campaign last week.
In a curious moment during that announcement, Sanders even stressed the importance of continuing to win delegates for his own campaign so he’d be able to exert “influence” on the party platform.
But Biden was visibly reaching out to Biden and his supporters, adjusting his own campaign platform in a bid to make it more appealing to progressive voters, many of whom had backed Sanders.
Biden said in a statement last week that Sanders and his supporters “changed the dialogue.”
He said: “But more than any one issue or set of issues, I want to commend Bernie for being a powerful voice for a fairer and more just America. It’s voices like Bernie’s that refuse to allow us to just accept what is — that refuse to accept we can’t change what’s wrong in our nation — that refuse to accept the health and well-being of our fellow citizens and our planet isn’t our responsibility too. Bernie gets a lot of credit for his passionate advocacy for the issues he cares about. But he doesn’t get enough credit for being a voice that forces us all to take a hard look in the mirror and ask if we’ve done enough.”