Democratic front-runner for the 2020 Presidential election Bernie Sanders has suspended his campaign.
The announcement was made by Sanders to his team in a private call. According to the transcript, Sanders was overwhelmed with dejection:
“I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth, and that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible,” Sanders said while streaming after the call. “So while we are winning the ideological battle and while we are winning the support of so many young people and working people throughout the country, 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.”
It’s expected that Sanders will unite with the rest of the democratic party and attempt to take down Trump.
Was it the right thing?
Well, judging by the numbers it was the ‘right’ thing to do.
According to CNN Politics, Bernie Sanders has 890 delegates as opposed to Joe Biden who has 1,206. The winning candidate will need to obtain 1,991 delegates. With the coronavirus pandemic cancelling public gatherings, Sanders won’t even have enough time to gain speed in the race as we get closer to election day.
It seems like the political arena is about timing. Spending a few months without campaigning would hurt both Biden and Sanders but it would hurt Sanders more; he’s got ground to make up.
Most people respect former President Barack Obama’s co-sign and apparently conversations with him encouraged Bernie’s decision. “His private counsel consistently emphasized staying focused on the ultimate goal: Winning the White House in November,” a source tells CNN. “While the content of those conversations remains private, there was always agreement that winning in the fall was paramount.”
I would assume that Bernie dropping out of the race will allow the democratic to band together behind Biden. The party is made up of multiple strong voices but if they were to collaborate, that choir could sing the party’s agenda.