- Sanders was regarded by some as the Democratic presidential frontrunner at the start of the primary campaign.
- "I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful," he said.
- He also stated that he intends to remain on the ballot and gather delegates for the remainder of the primary election.
US. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has chosen to drop out of the Democratic presidential race Wednesday, thus paving the way for his rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, to face the Republican incumbent, Donald Trump, in November. Sanders announced his decision via a Facebook Live video while speaking from his home in Burlington, Vermont.
Bernie Sanders was regarded by some as the Democratic presidential frontrunner at the start of the primary campaign, but was later overtaken by Biden. Barack Obama’s former Vice President, Biden is the overwhelming favorite now to be nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate, which is why Sanders is now suspending, he stated.
“I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful,” he said. “Vice president Biden will be the nominee,” the 78-year-old added. “I congratulate Joe Biden, a very decent man, who I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward.”
“Together we have transformed American consciousness as to what kind of nation we can become, and have taken this country a major step forward in the never-ending struggle for economic justice, social justice, racial justice, and environmental justice,” Sanders added.
Will Stay on the Ballot
Bernie Sanders acknowledged in his thank you speech to his supporters that it is impossible to win the nomination. “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,” Mr. Sanders said. He would instead use his powers to fight in the Senate for health care reform, and push the Democratic leadership in a leftist direction, he says.
He also stated that he intends to remain on the ballot and gather delegates for the remainder of the primary election. That is to say that his supporters can still vote for him, but that he has quit his earlier ambitions of being nominated as the Democratic party’s presidential flag-bearer in this year’s presidential elections. “While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not,” he added.
The Leftist Candidate
Sanders, an independent and self-described “democratic socialist” Senator from Vermont, was trying to win the nomination of a party to which he does not belong and has repeatedly spurned. He has repeatedly used Denmark as an example of how the United States should build its health care system, and socioeconomic society in general.
Sanders made his way through the primary election with both large and small-dollar donations. He raised nearly $99 million in small-dollar donations, and another nearly $70 million from large-dollar donors. This, plus another almost $13 million from transfers and pacs gave him more than $181 million. This made him the leading fundraiser among candidates still in the race, including President Trump.
This is the second time Bernie Sanders has run for the Democratic nomination from outside the Democratic Party. In 2016, he lost the nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who went on to lose the electoral college to President Trump.