In an interview this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) admitted that he faces a “very steep road” in terms of winning the Democratic presidential nomination, Breitbart reported.
The last remaining viable challenger to former Vice President Joe Biden for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, Sanders has an incredibly devoted base of support. The senator surged to the front of the field of candidates following strong performances in three of the four early-voting caucus and primary states.
However, after Biden’s victories in March, Sanders trails by about 300 delegates, and the coronavirus outbreak has essentially placed the campaign season on pause.
The senator has signaled in recent weeks that he is thinking long and hard about whether to continue in the race or not.
No decision yet
In an interview with NPR‘s “Morning Edition” host Noel King, however, Sanders revealed that he has not yet reached a decision and is continuing to assess the viability of his campaign.
“It’s changing every day because elections are being delayed,” Sanders said of his thoughts on the campaign. “Where do we go from here with the elections that are being delayed, where we can’t go out and hold rallies or knock on doors? That’s what we’re looking at right now.”
As with Biden and President Donald Trump, all Sanders’ live rallies and in-person fundraising events have been canceled. Campaign efforts, such as town hall discussions, have been moved online.
Sanders still pushing Medicare for All
No doubt enjoying the lead he established prior to the coronavirus outbreak, Biden has recently suggested that no further debates are necessary and insinuated that the whole primary race ought to be considered done.
But while Sanders admitted that “it’s going to be a very steep road” to both catch and surpass Biden, he believes that more debates would be good for Democrats and the country more generally.
“I think the American people, especially in this unprecedented moment in American history, want to hear the ideas that will lead us away from where we are right now,” Sanders said in reference to his various socialistic plans for the nation, such as a complete government takeover of health care, Medicare for All. “These are enormously important issues and we need serious debates over them.”
“I think there is growing sentiment in this country that people now understand that it is incomprehensible that we remain the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all, that we have an economy which leaves half of our people … living paycheck to paycheck,” he said. “What kind of system is it where people today are dying, knowing they’re sick, but they’re not going to the hospital because they can’t afford the bill that they’ll be picking up?”
This is indeed an unprecedented moment in American history, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the American people are prepared to ditch capitalism, federalism, and free markets in favor of socialism to confront the current challenge. The sooner Sanders acknowledges that fact, in addition to the increasingly long odds his candidacy faces, the sooner the decision to end his campaign will be made.