Sanders Endorses Biden — ‘We’ve Got To Make Trump A One-Term President’
Though the two were rivals during much of the Democratic primary races and debates, on Monday afternoon, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders formally endorsed for president former Vice President Joe Biden.
The announcement from Sanders came as Biden was doing a live stream video, broadcast to his social media audiences on a number of platforms. Sanders appeared, at a separate location to ensure social distancing measures were kept in place, with the screen split in two so that both could be seen.
“Today, I am asking all Americans, 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, to make certain that we defeat somebody who I believe — and I’m speaking just for myself now — is the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country,” Sanders said in making his endorsement to Biden.
The former vice president responded by stating his appreciation for the gesture.
“I think that your endorsement means a great deal,” Biden said. “It means a great deal to me. I think people are going to be surprised that we are apart on some issues, but we’re awfully close on a whole bunch of others.”
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Sanders made another appeal to viewers, urging them to support Biden, especially because his win would ensure current President Donald Trump would be out office.
“We’ve got to make Trump a one-term president, and we need you in the White House…I will do all that I can to see that that happens,” Sanders said to his former opponent. “It’s imperative that all of us work together to do what has to be done.”