Politics: In the Midst

Politics: In the Midst

Matt Rourke

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Throughout all of this “Corona-madness”, there have been a few things that the government has tried to keep running smoothly. One of these being the continuation of the democratic primaries. We saw a March democratic debate, in which the remaining candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden debated on stage, without an audience. The coronavirus, ‘Medicare for all,’ old Senate votes, the Iraq War, Social Security, gun control, immigration, visions of leadership: these were all some big topics for the night. Mr. Sanders had been waiting months for a one-on-one shot to compare his record and platform with Mr. Biden’s (NY Times), and he appeared to make the most of it. He went through a series of comparing individual mistakes, strengths, and weaknesses, which ultimately led to an intriguing debate.

On April 8, 2020, however, democratic representative Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race, leaving Joe Biden as the final democratic candidate. He announced his move in a conference call with staff after he suffered a string of primary losses and the coronavirus pandemic stalled his campaign for weeks. He stated that “the path to winning the Democratic presidential nomination is ‘virtually impossible’’” adding that he did not want to put effort into a doomed campaign as the outbreak rips through the country. “I cannot in good conscience continue to mount a campaign that cannot win and which would interfere with the important work required of all of us in this difficult hour,” he said in a live-streamed from his Vermont home (CNBC News). Biden however, has now gained the support of many former democratic candidates, including former US President Barack Obama!