Even though Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Vice President Joe Biden are still technically battling it out for the Democratic presidential nomination, both their camps came together this week in a rare act of solidarity.
Biden’s deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, confirmed that the two camps had got together over the course of the week to discuss a possible unified strategy in response to the growing coronavirus crisis. In a move looking to depoliticize the issue, senior figures from both sides have been locked in negotiations to come to an agreement about putting on a more coherent front.
Both Candidates Previously at Odds Over COVID-19
Previously the two democratic presidential candidates have been at odds with their response to the outbreak. Senator Sanders has, in recent weeks, proposed a $2 trillion-dollar coronavirus relief package, which is double the amount signed into law on March 18th by current President Donald Trump.
Under Sander’s plans, each American would receive $2,000 to every month, and healthcare would be provided for all in what he dubbed a “Medicare for All” initiative. However ex-Vice President Biden has been much more conservative in his approach. He suggested that he would cover all healthcare costs relating to the virus, but has yet to announce what specific measures he would take to shore up the personal finances of the average American.
Biden’s Team Confirm Cessation in Sanders Attacks
As part of the same set of announcements made by Biden’s team, another campaign aide confirmed to the Washington Post that Biden would stop his personal attacks on Bernie Sanders, since it’s increasingly looking as though he will drop out of the presidential race within a matter of days.
However, despite losses in Florida, Arizona, and Illinois, over the past seven days, Sanders’ campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, remained upbeat when questioned about the future of his run to the Whitehouse.
While he admitting that there was “no sugarcoating” of his losses, he felt that Sanders was winning the battle of ideas, while losing the war of electability. He reasserted that the tide could be turned but that it would take a monumental effort from everyone involved.
Sander’s Assessing His Campaign After String of Losses
Despite Shakir’s upbeat assessment of proceedings, he did admit that both Sanders’ and his wife Jenny were holding consultations with supporters in their home state of Vermont in order to evaluate the “best way forward” for his campaign.
Sanders made huge strides in both the early primaries and caucus states right at the very beginning of campaign season, but his early momentum has since stuttered. The waning of support for Sanders has coincided with a huge uptick in the backing of the advancing Joe Biden.
The recent body blows of huge losses in Super Tuesday and the loss of key delegate-rich states such as Florida and and Michigan has all but put the final nail in the coffin of Sanders’ 2020 presidential bid. Whether he chooses to officially pull out of the contest and give his backing to his rival Biden should be revealed over the course of the next few days.