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Biden looks to placate Sanders by letting him keep delegates

Biden looks to placate Sanders by letting him keep delegatesSeeking to avoid the bitter feelings that marred the 2016 Democratic convention, Joe Biden’s campaign is angling to allow Bernie Sanders to keep some of the delegates he would otherwise forfeit by dropping out of the presidential race. Under a strict application of party rules, Sanders should lose about a third of the delegates he’s won in primaries and caucuses as the process moves ahead and states select the actual people who will attend the Democratic National Convention. The rules say those delegates should be Biden supporters, as he is the only candidate still actively seeking the party’s nomination.



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Biden tells Sanders in endorsement live stream, 'You don't get enough credit, Bernie'

Biden tells Sanders in endorsement live stream, 'You don't get enough credit, Bernie'Former Vice President Joe Biden praised Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a live stream Monday after officially securing his endorsement, telling the Vermont senator he doesn't "get enough credit."Sanders remotely joined Biden for a live stream after Sanders announced last week he was suspending his campaign for president. Sanders offered Biden his endorsement, something Biden called a "big deal" while telling Sanders "you just made me" the Democratic nominee and heaping praise on his former primary competitor."You've been the most powerful voice for a fair and more just America," Biden told Sanders. "…You don't get enough credit, Bernie, for being the voice that forces us to take a hard look in the mirror and ask ourselves, 'Have we done enough?' And we haven't."Biden, who during the stream said it's not "good enough" to go "back to the way things were before" after the coronavirus crisis, also embraced Sanders' 2020 campaign slogan of "not me, us" and asked the senator's supporters to join him."Thank you for being so generous," Biden told Sanders. "I give you my word, I'll try my best not to let you all down."After the live stream, the Trump campaign in a statement said this endorsement news is "further proof that even though Bernie Sanders won't be on the ballot in November, his issues will be." Meanwhile, Briahna Joy Gray, former national press secretary for the Sanders campaign, tweeted that because Biden doesn't support issues like Medicare-for-all, "With the utmost respect for Bernie Sanders, who is an incredible human being and a genuine inspiration, I don't endorse Joe Biden." > NEW: Joe Biden praises Bernie Sanders: "You don't get enough credit, Bernie, for being the voice that forces us to take a hard look in the mirror and ask ourselves: 'Have we done enough?' And we haven't." https://t.co/35Zg7cQ9nU pic.twitter.com/Ebb5UAlTTS> > — ABC News (@ABC) April 13, 2020More stories from theweek.com Trump adviser Peter Navarro made a bad bet 60 Minutes didn't cover pandemic preparedness under Obama Fauci says he used the 'wrong choice of words' when describing 'pushback' from White House Trump might fire the one person in the White House who knows what he's doing



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Sanders Differentiates Socialism from ‘Authoritarian Communism’ When Confronted by Russian Immigrant

Sanders Differentiates Socialism from ‘Authoritarian Communism’ When Confronted by Russian ImmigrantSenator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Monday differentiated Democratic socialism from "authoritarian communism" at a CNN town hall at which he fielded a question from a Russian immigrant who accused him of being "eager to implement" many Soviet-style policies."My father's family left Soviet Russia in 1979 fleeing from some of the very same socialist policies that you seem eager to implement in this country," audience member Samantha Frenkel-Popell said. "So my question is, how do you rectify your notion of democratic socialism with the failures of socialism in nearly every country that has tried it?""Is it your assumption that I supported or believe in authoritarian communism that existed in the Soviet Union?  I don't and never have. And I opposed it," Sanders responded."What do I mean when I talk about democratic socialism?  It certainly is not the authoritarian communism that existed in the Soviet Union and in other communist countries," the senator said. "What democratic socialism means to me is we expand Medicare, we provide educational opportunity to all Americans, we rebuild our crumbling infrastructure."Sanders has drawn criticism for comments praising the communist regimes of the Soviet Union and Cuba, as well as the left-wing Nicaraguan strongman Daniel Ortega."People there seemed reasonably happy and content," Sanders said of the Soviet Union after his honeymoon in Yaroslavl, Russia. "I didn't notice much deprivation."Documents discovered by the New York Times revealed that Soviet officials had attempted to use Sanders's initiative to form a sister-city relationship between Yaroslavl and Burlington, Vt., where Sanders was mayor, to advance Soviet propaganda."We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know?” Sanders said of the communist island nation in a February interview on 60 Minutes. "When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?"The comments drew sharp rebukes from Florida politicians in both parties, whose constituents include a large population of Cuban refugees and exiles.



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Sanders Differentiates Socialism from ‘Authoritarian Communism’ When Confronted by Russian Immigrant

Sanders Differentiates Socialism from ‘Authoritarian Communism’ When Confronted by Russian ImmigrantSenator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Monday differentiated Democratic socialism from "authoritarian communism" at a CNN town hall at which he fielded a question from a Russian immigrant who accused him of being "eager to implement" many Soviet-style policies."My father's family left Soviet Russia in 1979 fleeing from some of the very same socialist policies that you seem eager to implement in this country," audience member Samantha Frenkel-Popell said. "So my question is, how do you rectify your notion of democratic socialism with the failures of socialism in nearly every country that has tried it?""Is it your assumption that I supported or believe in authoritarian communism that existed in the Soviet Union?  I don't and never have. And I opposed it," Sanders responded."What do I mean when I talk about democratic socialism?  It certainly is not the authoritarian communism that existed in the Soviet Union and in other communist countries," the senator said. "What democratic socialism means to me is we expand Medicare, we provide educational opportunity to all Americans, we rebuild our crumbling infrastructure."Sanders has drawn criticism for comments praising the communist regimes of the Soviet Union and Cuba, as well as the left-wing Nicaraguan strongman Daniel Ortega."People there seemed reasonably happy and content," Sanders said of the Soviet Union after his honeymoon in Yaroslavl, Russia. "I didn't notice much deprivation."Documents discovered by the New York Times revealed that Soviet officials had attempted to use Sanders's initiative to form a sister-city relationship between Yaroslavl and Burlington, Vt., where Sanders was mayor, to advance Soviet propaganda."We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know?” Sanders said of the communist island nation in a February interview on 60 Minutes. "When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?"The comments drew sharp rebukes from Florida politicians in both parties, whose constituents include a large population of Cuban refugees and exiles.



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Bernie Sanders asks Elizabeth Warren and her supporters for backing

Bernie Sanders asks Elizabeth Warren and her supporters for backingAttempt to reverse Joe Biden’s surging momentum two days before crucial votes in six states * Kamala Harris endorses Joe BidenBernie Sanders made a pitch for the backing of Senator Elizabeth Warren and her supporters on Sunday in an attempt to reverse his rival Joe Biden’s surging momentum towards the Democratic party’s presidential nomination.In a series of appearances on political talk shows two days before crucial primary votes in Michigan, Missouri and four other key states, Sanders highlighted the alignment of his progressive policies on a range of issues to those of the liberal Massachusetts senator, who dropped out of the race on Thursday and who has yet to announce an endorsement.His move came on the same day as another former rival, the California senator Kamala Harris, announced that she was backing Biden to win the nomination and beat Donald Trump in November, adding to other candidates who have dropped from the race and swung their support to the former vice-president, including Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg.“We would love to have Senator Warren’s support, we would love to have the millions of people who supported Senator Warren,” Sanders said on CNN’s State of the Union.“Senator Warren talked about a wealth tax, something I think is enormously important. We also have a wealth tax, nuanced different from hers but the same principle at a time of massive income and wealth inequality.“We’ve reached out, we’re looking and asking for the support of Senator Warren’s supporters, and hope they come on board.”The Vermont senator, 78, also picked up one notable endorsement on Sunday, that of Jesse Jackson, the veteran civil rights leader who won the Michigan caucuses in his unsuccessful 1988 run at the Democratic presidential nomination.“A people far behind cannot catch up choosing the most moderate path,” Jackson said in a statement. “The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path.”Sanders, who raced to an early lead in the Democratic nomination process with successes in Nevada and New Hampshire, but fell behind last week in Biden’s extraordinary Super Tuesday comeback, cannot afford to lose more ground this Tuesday when primary voters in the delegate-rich midwestern states of Michigan and Missouri, plus Idaho, Mississippi, North Dakota and Washington go to the polls.On NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Sanders addressed concerns expressed by Warren two days ago over “online bullying and organized nastiness” by his supporters, but did not directly answer if he thought Warren was holding back her support because of it.“I am concerned about the kind of ugliness that exists on the internet and the Twitter world in general, it is very ugly,” he said.“And I will not deny for a second that we have some people who claim to be supporters, although I have a hard time understanding why they think they can support me and make vicious personal attacks against people. That’s not what our campaign is about.”Asked by host Chuck Todd if he thought he could win the nomination without Warren’s support, Sanders replied: “Of course we can. We can win this because we are going to win the support of working people all over this country.”Sanders had two rallies planned on Sunday in Michigan, the rust belt state he won narrowly from Hillary Clinton in a 2016 Democratic primary upset, but in which he trails Biden by almost nine points in FiveThirtyEight’s latest polling.With an eye to securing the support of working class voters, Sanders attacked Biden’s policies and voting record on trade. “In Michigan the people here have been devastated, in Flint, in Detroit, by these disastrous trade agreements that Joe Biden voted for,” he said on CNN, referring to the North Atlantic free trade agreement and deals with China, which he said cost millions of American jobs.He also criticized Biden for supporting the Wall Street bailout, and said the vice-president had overplayed his role in the Obama-era $ 80bn rescue package for the struggling American auto industry that kept production plants open in Michigan and elsewhere.“Well the auto bailout was done by the Obama administration and it was a step forward, but I sometimes think Joe is taking credit as vice-president for initiatives that were led by President Obama and by many members of Congress,” he said.“If Joe is the candidate believe me Trump will and has already talked about Joe’s record on trade. We have a voting record that speaks to the needs of working families. If you’re going into the industrial base of the United States of America, the heartland of America, and you voted for agreements that have devastated communities like Flint and Detroit it’s hard to make [a] case when Trump has made trade such an important part of his agenda.”Sanders did, however, pledge his support to Biden if he won the nomination. “We’ve got to do everything possible to defeat Trump. I’ll support Joe if he wins, he’ll support me if I win,” he said.Biden, 77, was planning to appear at rallies in Grand Rapids and Detroit on Monday to help secure the majority of the Michigan’s 125 delegates to the Democratic national convention in July that will determine the nominee. Nationally, he leads Sanders 664-573 in delegates pledged so far, with 1,991 needed to win outright.The two will go head to head on 15 March in Arizona in their first televised debate since Warren’s withdrawal made it a two-person race.



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Sanders finds out Bloomberg dropped out of the 2020 race hours later: 'First I heard about that'

Sanders finds out Bloomberg dropped out of the 2020 race hours later: 'First I heard about that'Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) apparently hasn't been keeping a close eye on the news today.Sanders spoke to reporters in a post-Super Tuesday press conference on Wednesday afternoon, hours after former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced he was bowing out of the 2020 race. But when a reporter asked Sanders for his thoughts, they evidently broke the news to him for the very first time. "Has he stepped out?" Sanders asked the reporter. "Well, that's the first I heard about that."Sanders went on to conclude that Bloomberg dropping out and throwing his support behind former Vice President Joe Biden is part of an effort to "stop Bernie Sanders," though he once again reiterated that this is "the first I've heard of what role Mayor Bloomberg will be playing." With this roughly four-hour delay between the Bloomberg news breaking and it making its way to Sanders, get ready for the senator's very delayed thoughts on No Time to Die's release date getting bumped sometime this evening. > Bernie Sanders surprised by news Michael Bloomberg suspending his presidential campaign this morning: "First I've heard about that."> > Asked what Bloomberg brought to the 2020 race, Sanders says, "He's certainly brought a lot of money into this race." https://t.co/Q3fPEwmdNX pic.twitter.com/1J5LCQR8qd> > — ABC News (@ABC) March 4, 2020More stories from theweek.com It's 2020 and women are exhausted Andrew Yang is launching a nonprofit to make universal basic income a reality Could Democrats win the battle against Trump but lose the war against Trumpism?



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