Sen. Bernie Sanders followed his string of primary losses on Tuesday with a press conference announcing he is still in the game.
The Vermont lawmaker and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate asserted in a Wednesday press event that he is staying in the primary race and looks forward to debating his “friend,” former Vice President Joe Biden who got a solid boost to his status as the undisputed front-runner after scoring major victories Tuesday.
(Source: Fox News)
“Last night, obviously was not a good night for our campaign, from a delegate point of view,” Sanders said, speaking from Burlington.
But he made it clear he was not bowing out.
“On Sunday, I very much look forward to the debate in Arizona with my friend, Joe Biden,” Sanders said, adding that he would challenge his rival about topics like health care, climate change, criminal justice, and education.
Sanders headed home to Burlington, Vt. following his losses Tuesday as Biden secured Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri and Michigan.
He chose not to give a prime-time primary night speech but revealed Wednesday that he will go on to face off against Biden in the debate this weekend in Phoenix before heading into primaries on March 17 in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio.
Sanders reiterated his commitment to defeating President Donald Trump during his opening remarks Wednesday.
“In my view, he is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe and a religious bigot. He must be defeated, and I will do everything in my power to defeat him,” Sanders said.
He pointed to “poll after poll” that showed a majority of Americans “support our progressive agenda,” and went on to acknowledge that, though Biden does well with “older voters,” the younger generation backs his campaign.
“We are winning the ideological debate, but losing the debate over electability,” he said.
“It is not just the ideological debate that our progressive movement is winning. We are winning the generational debate,” he said. “The younger generations of this country continue in very strong numbers to support our campaign.”
“Today I say to the Democratic establishment: in order to win in the future, you need to win the voters who represent the future of our country,” Sanders added, in an apparent jab at Biden, who was endorsed by former 2020 contenders, Sen. Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen.Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Yang.
“On Sunday night, in the first one-on-one debate of this campaign, the American people will have the opportunity to see which candidate is best positioned to accomplish that goal,” Sanders concluded his remarks Wednesday.
He canceled a rally in Cleveland, Ohio, because of the coronavirus outbreak and concerns about its spread. Biden holds a lead with 832 delegates to Sanders’ 675 delegates as of Wednesday morning. He thanked Sanders and his supporters in remarks delivered Tuesday after his victories.
“I want to thank Bernie Sanders and his supporters for their tireless energy and passion,” Biden said. “Together, we’ll defeat Donald Trump.”
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