US senator Bernie Sanders has suspended his presidential campaign, clearing the way for rival Joe Biden to become the Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump in November.
‘I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth,’ Sanders said Wednesday. He pointed out that he was about 300 delegates behind the former vice president. ‘The path toward victory is virtually impossible.’
‘I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful,’ Sanders continued. ‘So today I am announcing the suspension of my campaign.’
Sanders called it a ‘very difficult and painful decision.’
And he said he knew some of his most fervent supporters would not support him throwing in the towel.
‘I know there may be some in our movement who may not agree with this decision,’ Sanders said.
But the coronavirus pandemic, he added, played into his decision – as he needed to do ‘an enormous amount of work’ as part of his day job, that of a U.S. senator.
Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, saw his fortunes rise and then fall over the course of the Democratic primaries, which kicked off in early February.
Today I am suspending my campaign. But while the campaign ends, the struggle for justice continues on. https://t.co/MYc7kt2b16— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 8, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden also issued a statement:
NEW: Joe Biden praises Bernie Sanders, who just suspending his presidential campaign: "Bernie has done something rare in politics. He hasn’t just run a political campaign; he’s created a movement.” https://t.co/1Wh7huTGVU pic.twitter.com/g84EhUc5fz— ABC News (@ABC) April 8, 2020