Sen. Bernie Sanders may not be the Democratic nominee for president, but he is certainly trying to leave his mark on the Nov. 3 election. In recent weeks, the Vermont senator has ramped up campaigning for former Vice President Joe Biden in an effort to defeat President Donald Trump.
Sanders, who ended his presidential campaign in April, has recently held town halls on climate change and the minimum wage while campaigning for Biden and other Democratic candidates in Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire and other states.
In the last three days before the election, Sanders booked time with local press in Texas, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Georgia, Wisconsin and Colorado, according to Mike Casca, Sanders’ spokesperson.
While Sanders and Biden disagree on many issues, they agree on this one: Trump must be defeated.
So, while Sanders said in the primary campaign that Biden was too middle of the road, now he says Biden’s policy proposals encompass a progressive agenda.
“People who have voted for me understand the absolute imperative to defeat Donald Trump and I believe they’re going to come out in large numbers to do just that,” Sanders said at a virtual rally in Nevada Oct 17.
In late February, Sanders won the Nevada caucuses in a landslide — taking 46% of the vote in what was the high point for his campaign. Now, Biden is performing well in Nevada, ahead of Trump by 6 points in the polls as of Friday.
Sanders and Biden have worked together to cultivate unity in the Democratic Party, going so far as to establish “unity task forces” to develop policies.
Trump and his allies have been attacking Biden as a “radical” Democrat who shares Sanders’ policy goals of Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. Biden has vehemently denied this right-wing narrative, even as progressive Democrats rally behind him, because the ultimate goal to oust Trump.
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On Friday, Sanders was readying for a virtual rally targeting Georgia, where Biden held a razor-thin 1.6-point margin in the pre-Election Day polls. He held another online rally in Minnesota on Saturday, joined by longtime ally Keith Ellison, the state’s attorney general. Recent polls have Minnesota leaning toward Biden.
Both Biden and Trump have turned their attention to the Midwest in the final days before the election. Sanders is stumping to stimulate Minnesota’s youth vote, and Biden also traveled there Friday ahead of a visit to Wisconsin. Trump planned a stop in Michigan, while Biden opted for Iowa.
As Sanders stumps for Biden, reports have circulated that he is interested in a cabinet position in a Biden administration. On Oct. 22, Politico reported Sanders had expressed interest in becoming Labor secretary. VPR reporter Bob Kinzel later reported “several people” close to Sanders said he would consider resigning his Senate seat if Biden won the election and offered him the job.
If Democrats take the White House and win control of the U.S. Senate Tuesday, the 78-year-old Sanders could have the option of a cabinet position or heading the Senate budget committee, which sets spending priorities for Congress.
Another one-time Biden rival, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is angling to be Biden’s Treasury secretary, according to Politico.
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