Sanders Says Road to Beating Biden Is ‘Admittedly a Narrow Path’

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is acknowledging clinching the Democratic nomination is going to be an uphill battle.

When asked by comedian Seth Meyers if he sees a road to the nomination, and if not why he is still in the race, Sanders responded with some hope.

“There is a path, it is admittedly a narrow path,” Sanders said, adding, “There are a lot of people who are supporting me, we have a strong grassroots movement who believe that we have got to stay in in order to continue the fight.”

Watch Sanders’ comments below:

His comments come shortly after his interview on NPR’s “Morning Edition” where he was asked if he was continuing his campaign, as IJR previously reported.

“We are assessing the situation we’re in,” Sanders said at the time.

Sanders attributed his perseverance with his campaign to his beliefs in Medicare for All, raising the minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, addressing climate change, and education.

“Campaigns are an important way to maintain that fight and raise public consciousness on those issues,” Sanders said, continuing, “So that’s, I think, one of the arguments we’re going forward.”

Meyers moved on to discuss Sanders’ digital strategy. Sanders explained how his campaign has put a lot of resources into live streaming as he is unable to be out on the campaign trail amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The conversation transitioned to whether or not Sanders would direct his base to support Former Vice President Joe Biden in the instance that Sanders does decide to drop out.

“It is absolutely imperative that we defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders said, adding, “So yes, we have got to defeat Trump, and if I am not the nominee, I will do everything I can to see that Joe Biden is elected president.”

According to reports, Biden leads Sanders on the delegate count. Biden has 1,183 delegates while Sanders has 871 delegates — out of the 1,991 delegates needed to win the party’s nomination.

Responses

  1. D primaries are NOT winner take all delegates—same as they were in 2016. Bernie would need to win at least 60% in all the remaining contests just to catch-up–THAT IS Bernie’s “narrow path” He is looking at the SAME odds as he faced in 2016. Bernie was behind in earned delegates, contests won, and primary votes when he declared the election “rigged” AND asked his supporters to send more money and he would convince the Super delegates to vote for him, the loser. NOTE: 2016 was an unusually gullible electorate as we had Sanders supporters believing saying “revolution” was going to convince R’s to do a 180 degree turn on their opposition to Bernie’s policies. BUT on the other side of the aisle, we also had gullible souls believing “a wall” was the panacea solution to immigration and Mexico was going to pay for the “wall.”
    In 2017 Bernie fought for and convinced the DNC to change the rules to require a MAJORITY of delegates on the first convention vote before superdelegates could vote. In 2020, Bernie decided he wanted to go by the 2016 rules he claimed “rigged” the election for Clinton.
    Looking for logic in Bernie’s decisions is as useless an exercise as searching for logic in Trump’s pronouncements.

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