Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi backed Senator Bernie Sanders’ ongoing 2020 campaign Thursday; telling reporters she doesn’t think it’s time for the far-left legislator to call it quits in his fight against Joe Biden.
“In case you were going to ask, no, I don’t think Bernie Sanders should get out of the race,” Pelosi told journalists during her weekly press briefing.
“I’m a grassroots person… I know the enthusiasm of supporters for candidates and they want to see it play out for the ideas, the causes that the candidate advances, with the opportunity for people to show their support,” she added.
NEW: Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “In case you were going to ask, no, I don’t think Bernie Sanders should get out of the race. I’m a grassroots person … I know the enthusiasm of supporters for candidates and they want to see it play out.” https://t.co/I0knlwR3UP pic.twitter.com/7oy1XmabfV
— ABC News (@ABC) March 12, 2020
Sanders refused to exit the 2020 race for the White House Wednesday afternoon; vowing to debate Joe Biden one-on-one this Sunday night on a series of issues including: healthcare, the minimum wage, and military involvement overseas.
“The decision from the populist senator from Vermont came the day after he was pummeled by the former vice president in Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho and failed to have a breakout performance in Washington state. As the bad news from the six March 10 contests continued to come in on Tuesday night, the self-described democratic socialist headed home to Burlington, Vt., and took the unusual step of not giving a prime-time primary night speech,” reports Fox News.
Bernie Sanders acknowledged “we are losing the debate over electability” to Joe Biden. But the Vermont senator said he wants to use a debate scheduled for Sunday to force Biden to confront issues important to Sanders’ progressive supporters. https://t.co/tBcla7xHmk
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 11, 2020
“Last night, obviously was not a good night for our campaign, from a delegate point of view,” Sanders said. “You need to win the voters who represent the future of our country and you must speak to the issues of concern to them. You cannot simply be satisfied by winning the votes of people who are older.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders: "Donald Trump is the most dangerous president in the modern history of our country and he must be defeated." pic.twitter.com/UACM7wvuP5
— The Hill (@thehill) March 11, 2020
“Sanders formally launched his second presidential campaign in February of last year. After suffering a heart attack last October, some pundits started to write Sanders’ political obituary. But as fellow progressive champion Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign faltered in the late autumn into the early winter, Sanders’ fortunes dramatically improved as his poll numbers rose and he hauled in a massive amount of grassroots campaign cash from small-dollar contributors,” adds Fox.
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