US senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders announced on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, that he suspended his Democratic nomination race for the 2020 presidential election, to be held on November 3, 2020. Sanders’ withdrawal from the election campaign has left former Vice President Joe Biden to be the presumptive nominee to face Republican President Donald Trump in the upcoming US presidential election.
Sanders’ Election Campaign Ended
Sanders said in a live-streamed address to supporters from his hometown of Burlington, Vermont, “The path toward victory is virtually impossible.” With the sharp decline in the support of his election campaign, Sanders stated, “I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful. And so today, I am announcing the suspension of my campaign.”
The 78-year-old US senator, who is also a democratic socialist, had led early election campaign of the Democratic race but quickly faded his momentum after losing at South Carolina in late February as many moderate Democrats favored Biden. Sanders’ withdrawal from the race was a little early than expected but his hope to regain momentum got shattered due to the coronavirus outbreak, which led to cancel or postpone some primary nomination schedules.
Sanders, who had shown a tough competition in the 2016 nomination race challenging the eventual winning Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, had been consistently losing campaign although it had a good start. It was a turning point for Biden’s campaign after he won solid victories in primary contests in Florida, Arizona, and Illinois on March 17.
The departure of Sanders means the 2020 US Presidential Election would be fought between the 77-year-old former vice president Biden and Trump, 73, who is seeking a second four-year term in office.
Following the announcement of Sanders, Trump reacted quickly on Twitter saying that the senator was not treated fairly by the Democratic Party and claimed that the party disappointed Sanders supporters. Trump wrote, “This ended just like the Democrats & the DNC wanted, same as the Crooked Hillary fiasco. The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party, TRADE!”
Ahead of the withdrawal, some allies had urged Sanders to stay in the nomination race to further influence Biden’s policy positions. However, the coronavirus crisis has lost the momentum of the election campaign and shifted public focus away from the campaign and Sanders had little opportunity to get his message across.
Being a proponent of a democratic socialist, many of Sanders’ policy positions have been frequently highlighted in the mainstream Democratic Party debate, which included the “Medicare for All” proposal and other social welfare projects.
Sanders was vocal about creating a government-run healthcare system to replace the current blend of private medical insurance and public programs. Moreover, he also advocated a $15 minimum wage, tuition-free public colleges, and higher taxes on the wealthy. Sanders said, “Our movement has won the ideological struggle in so-called red states, blue states, and purple states,”
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