Dammit! I thought we were done with all of this.
Courtesy of Yahoo News:
Lacking a meaningful path to the Democratic nomination at a moment when the coronavirus crisis is gripping Washington and the country, Bernie Sanders stepped back from actively campaigning for president over the past week, leading some Democrats to wonder whether he would soon leave the race altogether.
But Tuesday, Sanders appeared to signal anew that he is in the race for the long haul: His campaign announced a full organizing effort ahead of New York’s scheduled April 28 primary, and a spokesman said he would participate in a debate with former Vice President Joe Biden — if there is one.
“Bernie Sanders is still a candidate for the Democratic nomination,” senior adviser Jeff Weaver told NBC News on Tuesday in response to a question about the New York efforts. “One of the things that means is working to secure votes in future contests.”
Publicly, Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, has targeted his attention and comments to his work in the Senate as Congress readies a legislative response to the crisis. Advisers say he’s balanced his responsibilities, privately seeking input from supporters to “assess a path forward” for his presidential campaign — and his larger political movement.
“We are in a bizarre moment,” Sanders admitted Monday night in an interview on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes,” adding, “so what we are doing is transitioning our campaign to a virtual campaign.”
“We’re kind of moving day by day,” Sanders said later.
Joe Biden, on the other hand, is essentially done all of this and wants to focus on beating Donald Trump.
Courtesy of Politico:
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday suggested there should be no more televised debates for the remainder of the 2020 Democratic primary, signaling an unwillingness to spar on stage again with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont next month.
Ater a virtual news briefing on the coronavirus pandemic conducted from his home in Delaware, Biden was asked about the Sanders campaign’s statement to The New York Times on Tuesday that the senator would appear in an April debate if the Democratic National Committee proceeded with organizing the event.
Pressed on whether he, too, would participate, Biden said: “My focus is just dealing with this crisis right now. I haven’t thought about any more debates. I think we’ve had enough debates. I think we should get on with this.”
I also think that Sanders should close up shop and offer his support to Joe Biden, with one proviso, and that is that if Biden is stricken with this virus that Bernie jumps back into the race and again competes for the nomination.
Let’s be honest, if either Bernie or Biden catches this virus their campaign is effectively over, because nobody wants to vote for a person who may not be alive for the swearing in ceremony.
Now Biden might change the dynamic if he chooses a strong running mate before April, but even then if he gets sick it will cost him support.
I don’t know, there is so much changing on a day to day basis right now I am not confident what election day in November will even look like.