Bernie Sanders suspends campaign leaving nomination for Joe Biden

Bernie Sanders has suspended his presidential nomination bid, leaving Joe Biden clear to run against Donald Trump.

Sanders was trailing Biden and it looked unlikely he would get enough nominations, and with the upheaval due to Covid-19 making campaigning difficult Sanders has conceded to Biden.

NBC News: Sanders quitting Democratic race for president, Biden to be party’s apparent nominee

Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign, he announced on Wednesday, leaving former Vice President Joe Biden as the apparent Democratic presidential nominee.

“I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful, and so today I am announcing the suspension of my campaign,” Sanders told supporters in a livestream, saying he wished he could provide supporters with “better news” but “I think you know the truth.”

Biden released a lengthy statement on Medium after Sanders’ departure from the race, saying he “has put his heart and soul into not only running for president, but for the causes and issues he has been dedicated to his whole life.”

“I know how hard a decision this was for him to make — and how hard it is for the millions of his supporters — especially younger voters — who have been inspired and energized and brought into politics by the progressive agenda he has championed,” Biden said. “Bernie has done something rare in politics. He hasn’t just run a political campaign; he’s created a movement. And make no mistake about it, I believe it’s a movement that is as powerful today as it was yesterday. That’s a good thing for our nation and our future.”

“We are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden and the path to victory is virtually impossible,” he said. Sanders called Biden “a very decent man who I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward.”

Sanders: “Then together, standing united, we will go forward to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history,”

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  1. Blazer

     /  9th April 2020

    Another big win for…Wall St.

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    • Corky

       /  9th April 2020

      Yep, many Bernie supporters have made it clear they won’t be voting for Sleepy Joe. They believe, like I do with National, that more time in opposition is needed to get the Dems back to grass root politics.

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      • MaureenW

         /  9th April 2020

        From what I’ve read, the Clintons own the DNC. It’s not a political party for middle Americans even if it pretends to be.

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        • Duker

           /  9th April 2020

          The DNCs only job is the run the convention and approve each states proposal for its primary date.
          The Dems like the GOP are decentralised to each state and down below that to each County.
          If you want to run for President , its not till you have the convention in the bag that the DNC is yours . The is some joint fundraising between major candidates and the DNC because of the way personal donation limits work, but that applies to Sanders, Biden and others as well

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        • Corky

           /  9th April 2020

          I’m not that up with Yanky politics, Maureen. But isn’t it true that Biden’s nomination can still be overturned by the party? Hence your suggestion the Clintons may still be in the running?

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          • Duker

             /  9th April 2020

            NO . hes the only serious candidate left running. Maureen knows nothing
            Biden will have the backing of Obama anyway. Done and Dusted

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          • MaureenW

             /  9th April 2020

            Duker is talking crap. Yes, they can pick someone entirely different at the brokered convention and will. Or, he’ll pick a running mate and drop out effectively handing over to someone who has not yet entered the dog and pony show.

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            • Duker

               /  9th April 2020

              Biden is the only person left….you are just repeating the same chose someone else after Clinton won in 2016. Same reasons that she was I’ll or something…still in good health of course
              So take your complete rubbish elsewhere it’s so in%*#@+?

    • Gezza

       /  9th April 2020

      He just wasn’t going to be able to make it, B. Too old. Too radical for middle, and middle-aged, America

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      • Corky

         /  9th April 2020

        And apparently he couldn’t pull the black vote. Kind of ironic given many blacks consider themselves powerless.

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  2. Whilst ‘we’ on the left, would likely prefer Bernie.. the reality: USA politics is dominated by the ‘centre right’ & the FAR right. Socialism is still likely seen as Communism-light & mostly anathema to the majority of older Americans ? ‘Reds under the Bed’ etc.

    btw: I tautoko Bernie:
    Sanders: “Then together, standing united, we will go forward to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history,”

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    • Gezza

       /  9th April 2020

      We’ll have to wait & see, Z. Trump’s base will still be unwavering in their support, despite his many faults & pecadillos.

      Biden isn’t in my view a strong candidate. And he’s old enuf to create some concerns about his mental alertness & overall physical fitness for the role of POTUS. The committed Democrats’ base will likely vote for him anyway, but the election will likely be decided by the undecideds, in my view.

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      • Blazer

         /  9th April 2020

        Biden should take care.
        With C19 and Hillary in the background….who knows,what might…happen.

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      • Gezza

         /  9th April 2020

        😱

        *peccadillos

        (Can’t blame the FiP for that one; was just too lazy to check spelling before posting.) ☹️

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      • Zedd

         /  9th April 2020

        tautoko Gezza..
        USA politics, now dominated by the 70+ white men…… maybe not such a wise thing ?

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        • Duker

           /  9th April 2020

          Its the new vatican

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          • Gezza

             /  9th April 2020

            Just picturing Pope William & Monica & Pope Donald & an apparent cast of floozies.

            If they were the new Vatican, they’ve certainly regressed back a few centuries.

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    • Corky

       /  9th April 2020

      The best president would be more like it. What other president has told the ‘finger food”
      UN to fug off. And now the W.H.O, who are well funded by America, yet are Chinese stooges.
      What’s dangerous about that…pray tell?

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  3. David

     /  9th April 2020

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve8kE4SXXTs This is your candidate…good luck.

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    • Blazer

       /  9th April 2020

      You are mistaken if you believe that Democrat=left David.
      Most people understand U.S politics these days…tweedled dum or tweedled dee=you still get-Wall St.

      Any contenders that rock that boat…need not apply.

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      • David

         /  9th April 2020

        I didnt say Biden was Left, he would be in National if he was here I was saying he has early stage dementia. He literally gets lost half way through a sentence, he recalls events where the detail is totally wrong as he melds two events into one, he gets frustrated with himself and lashes out at people. Its leftie commentators pointing this out more so than the right ones.

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        • Blazer

           /  9th April 2020

          ‘ This is your candidate…’…who are you aiming this at?National supporters?

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        • “he has early stage dementia.”

          Citation please.

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          • David

             /  9th April 2020

            OK, well what does he have. He is in clear mental decline which for his age is not surprising, there is no way this is going to end well for him its almost cruel. The Dems just didnt want Bernie at any cost and they pushed aside decent candidates to go with what they thought was the safe option, an ancient Nancy Pelosi picked an ancient Biden with their backroom deals.

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            • All adults are in mental decline to varying degrees.

              Cross-sectional comparisons have consistently revealed that increased age is associated with lower levels of cognitive performance, even in the range from 18 to 60 years of age.

              One type of evidence suggesting that age-related cognitive declines begin relatively early in adulthood are the age trends in a variety of neurobiological variables that can be assumed to be related to cognitive functioning.

              https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2683339/

              But that doesn’t preclude someone from functioning as a leader or in an important job – most judges are getting on in years.

              Churchill had cognitive issues by the time he led the UK from 1940 to 1945 but was rated as quite successful (more so when younger and stuffing up Gallipoli).

              Trump has some very obvious mental abnormalities but people still support him as president.

            • MaureenW

               /  9th April 2020

              Biden’s performances have been tragic. So much so, one wonders how those close to him would allow him to continue.

            • Corky

               /  9th April 2020

              ”Trump has some very obvious mental abnormalities but people still support him as president.”

              What would those be, Pete?

            • I’m not a medical specialist so I can’t name them. But symptoms of frequent lying, also lying about having lied, and his obvious obsession with self praise and being liked and being seen as successful, indicate someone with abnormal metals faculties.

            • Gezza

               /  9th April 2020

              I don’t think it’s metals – he’s an obvious narcissist.

            • David

               /  9th April 2020

              Trump has a colossal ego and is a NY real estate developer so yes his personality is different from most politicians.
              Biden is in serious decline I recommend watching some videos of recent interviews to friendly media outlets. Have a look at his webcast from his library its not pretty.
              The Dems had no one and they have sent this poor old guy into battle to take one for the team.

            • MaureenW

               /  9th April 2020

              I don’t even think Biden thinks he has a chance of winning – nor wants to win by what I’ve seen of his performances. It’s sad the Democrats would hang him out for public sympathy and ridicule until they nominate their preferred candidate at the convention.

  4. David

     /  9th April 2020

    And for the Kavanagh haters who say believe all women from the Trump hating The Hill website:

    https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/491273-a-woman-accuses-biden-of-sexual-assault-and-few-liberals-listen

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  5. David

     /  9th April 2020

    Wheres Hunter ? Oh yes the investigation into the dodgy shenanigans in Ukraine under Bidens watch roll on, hey look the Trump campaign was spied on and everyone thought that was fine so an open investigation into why the VPs son was getting 50k a month from a corrupt Ukranaian gas company while Dad was having its prosecutor fired and boasting about it.
    https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/03/08/senate-panel-seeks-documents-in-biden-ukraine-investigation/

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    • Blazer

       /  9th April 2020

      When you are reduced to the ‘he’s just as bad’ defence David,you are seriously pathetic.

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      • David

         /  9th April 2020

        All the things Trump is slammed for Biden has a worse case of and to top it off he is in a clear state of mental decline. Imagine what he will look like after 4 years of one of the most demanding jobs on earth, look at a picture of Obama at the start and compare it with the end of his term and imagine what state sleepy Joe will be in.

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      • To say nothing of blindly ignoring the nepotism in the White House….

        Here we are – in the middle of a pandemic the effects of which have been magnified out of all proportion by Trump’s failings, and David wants an investigation into Hunter Biden based on long-disproven alt-right conspiracy theories.

        How’s about an investigation into the Trump administration’s failure to act on coronavirus. Given the unnecessary loss of life and economic damage, that’s far more important.

        And then there’s the gaslighting, David – levelling claims about Joe Biden’s mental faculties whilst lauding Trump’s is just typical of the sort of trumpaganda you like to peddle.

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        • David

           /  9th April 2020

          Trump shut the border with China, he was first out of the blocks just about, and Biden called him racist but quietly reversed his position last week. The whole news media called Trump out as racist and again did it when he shut off Europe.
          No one has disproven the Hunter allegations because its never been investigated but the good news is its being done now so we can clear all this up.
          The response to the virus in the US seems to have been fine but its a federal system so local governors control things on the ground. Cuomo didnt use all the ventilators he had neither did Newsom who have both praised Trumps efforts to get them what they needed. They have unused beds and no one is being turned away for lack of resources.

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  6. MaureenW

     /  9th April 2020

    A blow-hard waste of space .. good at collecting socialists and handing them to his opponents.

    Biden won’t be the nominee. Democrats will have a brokered convention and pick someone else.

    All their activity towards the 2020 elections thus far has been bullshit, their supporters being played like the gullible idiots they are.

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    • Blazer

       /  9th April 2020

      very harsh,and very bold Maureen…who are you picking?

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      • MaureenW

         /  9th April 2020

        Cuomo or Clinton on the inside.

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        • Gezza

           /  9th April 2020

          For heaven’s sake, Maureen. Don’t get me started ! 😠
          Clinton’s a non-starter. Wouldn’t have a dog’s show. 🙄

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          • Any way you look at it Clinton has less of a chance than Trump of being US president next year.

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            • Duker

               /  9th April 2020

              1991 delegates needed to win . Biden has 1217. Sanders has pulled out but has 914 delegates. Thats from voters , still a big pool of ‘superdelegates could probably get Biden over right now

              Maureen hasnt bothered to check
              There is no other major candidate left other than Biden. NONE.
              Its one of the more worthless comments I have heard .
              Biden is the only one left and she says ‘Brokered convention’, I dont think she even understands what that is .
              Even more strange some dont know that Biden is the only one standing and they ask – whats your pick ?

            • MaureenW

               /  9th April 2020

              President Biden, then Duker? He can’t string a sensible sentence together.
              We’ll see in August when the Democrats hold their video convention.
              I’ll apologise if I’m wrong but I’m willing to bet I won’t be.

            • MaureenW

               /  9th April 2020

              Bernie’s decided to hang on to his Delegates .. wonder who he’s giving them to?

            • Gezza

               /  9th April 2020

              See what you can find out, Maureen.
              And report back. 👍🏼

            • MaureenW

               /  9th April 2020

              Be sure to 👍

  7. What happens when you repeat the same mistakes?

    Sanders didn’t run a smart enough campaign

    In 2016, Sanders built a passionate bloc of supporters who crowded his rallies and flooded his campaign with money, but lost to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a more centrist, establishment Democrat who had greater appeal among black, Southern and older voters.

    In 2020, Sanders built a passionate bloc of supporters who crowded his rallies and flooded his campaign with money but lost to Biden, a more centrist, establishment Democrat who had greater appeal among black, Southern and older voters.

    Sanders got almost no backing from elected Democrats in 2016, and didn’t court the party establishment that much in 2020 either. That was a major barrier to his candidacy — not only did Sanders again get little support from the party elite, but that same elite was instrumental in helping Biden consolidate the field and winnow the race to a two-man contest.

    Sanders and his aides also made new mistakes in 2020. There were some clear indications that some of Sanders’s success in 2016 — among white voters without college degrees, in particular — had more to do with anti-Clinton sentiment than strong support for Sanders. But the senator’s advisers seemed to think that Sanders had a unique appeal to white working-class voters that would simply continue in 2020. So the Sanders campaign decided to invest heavily in the March 10 primary in Michigan, a state packed with white voters without a college degree. Biden not only won Michigan easily, but he won overall among white voters without a college degree (and pretty comfortably).

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-bernie-sanders-lost/

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    • MaureenW

       /  9th April 2020

      It looked to me like he ran a campaign in order to get the outcome he got both in 2016 and 2020. Like he’s just there to attract a particular style of voter and then pass those on to his supposed rival.

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      • Gezza

         /  9th April 2020

        Well … Bernie’s the real (New Deal) deal, I think, Maureen. He really HAS hoped or believed that he had a chance at leading the US into a brave new social democrat paradise of greatness.

        The Dems have probably strung him along both times, tho, with the cunning intention that you posit above.

        He picks up the idealistic youth vote for them.

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        • MaureenW

           /  9th April 2020

          He couldn’t be that stupid (both times). He’s been in politics a long time.

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          • Gezza

             /  9th April 2020

            It’s not stupidity; both of them are using the other for their own purposes, I reckon.
            The main reason I think so is because Bernie’s an independent.

            But that’s ok. They’re all consenting adults.

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        • Duker

           /  9th April 2020

          “The Dems have probably strung him along both times…”
          They – existing elected democrats-probably wished he would get the hell out of the democratic primary as hes not a democrat.
          Hes has tiny support from among the federally elected Congress and senators, but as the US system allows anybody to run for President under your own or Democratic or Republican primary and dozens do.
          Sanders could use the modern online fund raising to sustain him, not elected democrats, and thats the only difference between him and the 15 or so major hopefuls that try it out every 4 years.
          Long ago Biden was one of those no hopers even as a sitting Senator, once he dropped out well before the first primary and the second time after the 1st one . That was well before he was plucked from obscurity by Obama as his VP – essentially because Biden had valuable foreign policy experience.
          Bernie has no legislative achievments at all in spite of being in congress then senate for a lot of his adult life and now at 78 and a recent haert condition probably doesnt have long to live, and quitting now means he doesnt catch the CV-19

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