Sen. Bernie Sanders advised his supporters that it could be “irresponsible” not to vote for Joe Biden, saying that the failure to take action would basically re-elect President Trump for a second time period.
“Can we be as energetic as we will in electing Joe Biden and doing all the pieces we will to maneuver Joe and his marketing campaign in a extra progressive path? Or can we select to sit down it out and permit probably the most harmful president in fashionable American historical past to get re-elected?” Sanders advised the Related Press in an interview Tuesday.
“I consider that it’s irresponsible for anyone to say, ‘Effectively, I disagree with Joe Biden — I disagree with Joe Biden! — and due to this fact I’m not going to be concerned,’” added Sanders, who endorsed Biden on Monday.
Sanders, 78, did not lay out any particular plans to carry rallies for Biden however mentioned he could be at the very least as energetic for the previous vice chairman as he was for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, noting he held dozens of occasions for her.
However he mentioned due to the coronavirus pandemic, he’s “incarcerated in his residence” and did not know when he might return to the marketing campaign path.
He mentioned he’ll not spend cash on promoting or campaigning within the remaining major elections, however nonetheless urged his supporters to vote for him anyway so he might collect as many delegates as attainable to achieve leverage to assist form the Democratic Social gathering platform.
The Vermont unbiased mentioned he would proceed to struggle for his progressive agenda like “Medicare for all.”
“If folks need to vote for me, we’d recognize it,” Sanders mentioned and predicted that “I feel you’re going to see vital motion on the a part of the Biden marketing campaign right into a extra progressive path on a complete lot of points.”
Sanders, who dropped out of the race final week, mentioned he didn’t see a mathematical path to the nomination and that soldiering on would have solely benefited Trump.
“What could be the sense of staying in, of spending a complete lot of cash, of attacking the vice chairman, giving fodder for Trump — what’s the sense of doing that when you possibly can’t win?” he requested.
“I’ll do all the pieces I can to assist elect Joe,” Sanders continued. “We had a contentious marketing campaign. We disagree on points. However my job now is to not solely rally my supporters, however to do all the pieces I can to carry the social gathering collectively to see that (Trump) is not elected president.”