Following a series of primary election wins earlier this month, former Vice President Joe Biden appears to be all but assured of becoming the Democratic Party’s nominee.
Despite that, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) seems to have made his decision to stay in the race until the bitter end. This week, the self-described socialist said he wants to participate in a debate scheduled before New York’s April 28 primary, the Daily Wire reported.
Bernie doubles down
Whether the upcoming New York debate or primary itself will even take place is still unclear, as the state has been hit very hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite the fact that the Sanders campaign was sent reeling by multiple primary losses to Biden in early March, NBC News reported on Thursday that “the Sanders campaign says they hosted a volunteer call with thousands of New York supporters this week.”
The campaign boasted of “signing up more than 1,300 call and text shifts.” According to the network, this was achieved by “using their proprietary ‘BERN’ app and old-fashioned phone banking, as well as organizing ‘Digital house parties,’ while New Yorkers are holed up at home.”
“Bernie Sanders is still a candidate for the Democratic nomination,” NBC News quoted a figure within the Sanders campaign as saying on Tuesday. “One of the things that means is working to secure votes in future contests.”
Another Sanders campaign figure had a similar message for Fox News, telling the network on Wednesday, “If there is a debate in April, he plans to be there.”
Sanders has faced repeated calls from other Democrats to drop out of the race. However, one factor that may be keeping him in is Biden’s almost constant habit of making gaffes and verbal missteps.
The most recent example came this week during an appearance on The View in which the 77-year-old said that “the cure” for coronavirus “will make the problem worse no matter what.”
In a subsequent interview with CNN, Biden made a series of odd comments about President Trump and his response to the crisis.
“Now all of a sudden, [Trump] is being tough on China. He’s making sure — and now he’s being soft on his xenophobia in the past, so I just can’t figure the guy,” Biden remarked.
“It’s like, I don’t know, it’s like watching a yo-yo,” the senior Democrat continued, going on to add, “I shouldn’t have said it that way.”