Sanders Says He Refuses to Bow Out of 2020 Presidential Race After Primary Losses

Monica Sanchez | March 11, 2020
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is refusing to bow out of the 2020 presidential race.

The Democratic socialist made the announcement on Wednesday in Burlington, Vt., after suffering primary losses in four states—Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, and Idaho—against Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday.

Sanders said that he "strongly" disagrees with the argument over electability.

"We are losing the debate over electability," said Sanders, explaining that he hears all the time that Americans believe in his campaign objectives but believe Biden would be better suited to defeat President Donald Trump in the general election. "I strongly disagree with that assertion.”

He emphasized that he needs younger voters to turn out and vote. 

"In order to win in the future, you need to win the voters who represent the future of our country and you must speak to the issues of concern to them," he said. "You cannot simply be satisfied by winning the votes of [those] who are older."

Sen. Sanders went on to say that he "very much" looks forward to Sunday's debate "with my friend Joe Biden," after which he offered Biden a preview of the questions he plans to ask him on the debate stage, including what Biden plans to do "for the 500,000 people who go bankrupt in our country because of medically related debt," whether he would "veto a Medicare for all bill if passed in Congress," how Biden will "respond to scientists who tell us we have seven years to transform our energy system" because of climate change," and how Biden will address student debt, mass incarceration, and a racist justice system.

"Donald Trump must be defeated, and I will do everything in my power to make that happen," Biden concluded.


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