Sanders Endorses Biden, As Two Will Form Joint Task Forces

(AmericanPoliticalDaily.Com)- Joe Biden got another endorsement on Monday, this time from his most recent political rival within the Democratic Party.
Bernie Sanders, the Senator from Vermont and the last candidate to suspend his campaign, endorsed Biden for the presidency. He made a plea to other Democrats “to come together” in the fight against President Donald Trump in the November General Election.
Biden held an online event on Monday to make the announcement, saying directly to Biden:
“We need you in the White House, and I will do all that I can to see that that happens, Joe. I’m asking every Democrat, I’m asking every independent, I’m asking a lot of Republicans, to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse.”
Biden thanked Sanders in response, saying, “your endorsement means a great deal.”
He continued:
“I think people are going to be surprised that we are apart on some issues, but we’re awfully close. I’m going to need you — not just to win the campaign, but to govern.”
In a surprising and quick twist, Biden and Sanders announced they would create six different joint task forces to “create new ideas and proposals” around such issues as education, criminal justice, climate change and the economy. During the online event, Sanders said student debt was atop the list of issues for his younger supporters, and Biden even said he supported a federal minimum wage of $15.
In this regard, Sanders’ endorsement of Biden is a little different than some of the others he’s received from former Democratic presidential candidates. It seems Biden is truly embracing Sanders and his ideas, or he’s at least smart enough to know that he may need Sanders’ supporters if he wants to defeat Trump in November.
It wasn’t long ago that Biden and Sanders were attacking each other as they each were hoping to claim the Democratic nomination for president. Sanders even warned Democratic voters that Trump would “decimate” Biden in a head-to-head General Election, and they should therefore support him instead.
For his part, Biden criticized Sanders during a February campaign rally, saying that Democrats “can’t let” Trump “pin the socialist label of socialist, socialist, socialist, on our party.”
Now that Sanders has dropped out of the race, though, he apparently is taking a “lesser-of-two-evils” approach to the election, at least in his mind. And Biden is certainly welcoming all the support he can get, especially from a candidate like Sanders who has supporters who won’t necessarily jump ship and support him just because he’s a Democrat.
And that may be a huge key to Biden’s chances at defeating Trump come November. Sanders obviously didn’t garner enough support to take down Biden and become the party’s nominee for the presidency, but he does have a staunch following, especially among younger voters. And while those voters may not support Trump, they also may not head to the polls at all now that Sanders is no longer in the race.