- Sanders and Biden are scheduled to debate Sunday in Washington, DC.
- Sanders acknowledged that he is behind, but at the same time maintained that the overall goal remains to beat Donald Trump.
- Last Tuesday's defeats followed a similar pattern to Super Tuesday the week before.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) remains in the fight to become the Democratic presidential candidate despite a series of recent defeats by his chief opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden. “Donald Trump must be defeated, and I will do everything in my power to make that happen,” Sanders said at a news conference, stressing that he is looking forward to his upcoming debate with Biden.
In the debate, sanders outlined some of the questions that he has in store for the former Vice President. ”On Sunday, I very much look forward to the debate in Arizona with my friend Joe Biden. And let me be very frank as to the questions that I will be asking Joe.”
Joe, what are you going to do for the 500,000 people who go bankrupt in our country because of medically related debt? And what are you going to do for the working people of this country and small business people who are paying on average 20% of their incomes for healthcare? Joe, what are you going to do to end the absurdity of the United States of America being the only major country on Earth where healthcare is not a human right? Are you really going to veto a Medicare for All bill if it is passed in Congress?
However, Sanders acknowledged that he is behind, but at the same time maintained that the overall goal remains to beat Donald Trump. “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,” Bernie Sanders said.
Before the press conference, quite a number of the U.S. media had been speculating on whether the 78-year-old senator would withdraw from the race to become the Democrats’ candidate to face Donald Trump in the November presidential election. Two days ago, six states voted on who should be the Democratic presidential candidate, and it turned out to be a disappointing result for Sanders.
He suffered a decisive defeat in the state of Michigan where Joe Biden secured a comfortable win. In addition, the self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialist” also lost in Missouri and Mississippi, though he managed to win in the state of North Dakota. Washington is still too close to call.
“We win the young votes”
Last Tuesday’s defeats followed a similar pattern to Super Tuesday the week before, where Joe Biden made a surprising comeback and emerged victorious from several states, including Texas. However, Sanders said it is his campaign that wins the ideological battle and the generational debate.
While Joe Biden continues to do very well with older Americans, especially those people over 65, our campaign continues to win the vast majority of the votes of younger people. 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, and you must speak to the issues of concern to them, 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