Democratic Nominee Joe Biden receives endorsement from many of his competitors including Senator Bernie Sanders


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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaking with attendees at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum

Ivana Venema-Nunez, Reporter

Former Vice President Joe Biden is now essentially the Democratic nominee for President.

He was endorsed most recently by Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday.  Sanders’ endorsement, along with other former candidates like Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg, enforcing the unity of the party’s common goal of defeating President Trump in November. 

Just five days after Sanders announcing his campaign suspension, he joined Biden in a live-streamed video where he announced his endorsement for Biden’s campaign and according to the New York Times article, this decision is a signal for Sanders supporters to also join the cause in support of Biden.

“We need you in the White House,” Sanders said to Biden. “And I will do all that I can to see that that happens.”

Mr. Biden said: “I’m going to need you. Not just to win the campaign, but to govern.”

In another New York Times article, where even before Sanders announced his suspension of campaign, the talk was to unite sooner than later to have a better chance of winning the presidential election but some Bernie supporters are skeptical of jumping on the wagon. Biden is considered a moderate democrat and loyal supporters of Sanders want progressive action on topics like climate change and wealth tax, subjects that Sanders supporters aren’t sold that Biden will put forth his best effort towards. 

Maurice Mitchell, the national director of the Working Families Party suggested that Biden should more robustly address a number of other policy issues that are important.

“I think him signaling the fact that he is open to taking good ideas from progressives is a start,” Mitchell said. “But unless, for example, he adopts a real climate plan that actually is at the scale of the problem, I don’t think he’ll ever attract the young people who are fired up.”

Although Mr. Biden has added  support for tuition-free public colleges and universities to his campaign, a proposal that Sanders peddled a few years ago, Biden’s version is reportedly more limited than the proposal that Sanders supported during his 2020 campaign.

Now progressive groups and activists call on  Biden to sway them to endorse him fully according to the first NYT article. 

“Winning over Senator Sanders is one thing, but Joe Biden shouldn’t think that the work is over,’’ said Evan Weber, political director for the Sunrise Movement, an organization of young climate activists that had endorsed Mr. Sanders. He added, “There is still work to do to win over progressive leaders and young people.”

Sanders did keep his promise that no matter who the eventual Democratic nominee turned out to be, he would support them and do everything possible to defeat Mr. Trump, who he has called “the most dangerous president” in modern history.