Sanders ‘to press on’ despite calls to quit after new losses to Biden – The Sun
BERNIE Sanders says he will continue pushing on in the 2020 presidential race despite a string of losses to challenger Joe Biden.
The 78-year-old senator vowed to "do everything in his power" to stop Donald Trump, who he slammed as a "pathological liar" and "the most dangerous president" in modern US history in his six-minute televised address in Vermont.
"Donald Trump is the most dangerous president in the modern history of our country," he said.
"In my view, he is a racist, a sexist, a homphobe, a xenophobe, and a religious bigot.
"He must be defeated, and I will do everything in my power to make that happen."
Sanders acknowledged that last night signaled trouble for his campaign "from a delegate point of view" after he lost Tuesday night in Michigan, the largest state up for grabs, to Joe Biden.
However, he noted victories in North Dakota and his lead against the former vice president in Washington state, the second-largest state up for contention.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Biden has won 856 delegates while Sanders has only 708 as the delegate divide continues to grow.
The Vermont senator said his campaign is winning the "progressive ideological" debate but noted that he is "losing" on elecatability.
He took a jab at his rival, stressing that his campaign has overwhelmingly won over younger voters.
Sanders called on Democrats to realize that "in order to win in the future, you need to win the voters who represent the future of our country" and that they "must speak to the issues of concern to them."
"You cannot simply be satisfied by winning the votes of people who are older," he said.
Sanders faces an uphill battle to become the Democratic Party nominee after losing a key battleground state amid mounting calls for him to quit while ahead.
It's a familiar situation for the self-described Socialist: he faced similar pressure in a primary match-up against Hillary Clinton in 2016 and fought on for months before ultimately endorsing her in July.
During a victory speech in Pennsylvania Tuesday night, Biden urged his rival to throw in the towel and described his bid to take on Trump in November as "a battle for the soul of this nation."
Despite a meteoric rise to the top, Sanders' star began to burn out in late February after a surprise victory in South Carolina for Biden, who has continued to steamroll Sanders since.
The progressive politician is now fighting to resurrect his campaign less than two weeks after losing his front-runner status.
Two dates are key to a Sanders comeback: March 17, when four states are contested, and when another four are up for grabs on April 4.
However, his chances in Florida could be slim because of a 60 Minutes interview he did on February 23, in which he praised Cuban dictator Fidel Castro for his "massive literacy program."
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