Sanders endorses Biden, announces joint working groups on policy

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April 14, 2020: Bernie Sanders endorsed Joe Biden on Monday. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) said he was considering an independent presidential run.        

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“Mr. Biden also holds the expected wide advantage among nonwhite voters, though here there is consistent evidence of a small yet discernible shift in the president’s direction, including in the large series of New York Times/Siena College polls from last November. Mr. Trump, in contrast, seems to do a tick worse among white voters than he did four years ago, whether because of a slight decrease in his standing among college-educated white voters or the growing share of white voters who possess a four-year degree.

As a result, Mr. Trump appears to retain his relative advantage in the disproportionately white working-class battleground states that decided the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Biden leads in polls of registered voters in these states, but by a narrower margin than he leads nationwide. It raises the possibility that Democrats could win the most votes and lose the White House for the third time in six presidential elections.”

– Nate Cohn, The New York Times

Democrats

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) endorsed Joe Biden during a joint livestream on Monday. “We need you in the White House. And I will do all that I can to see that that happens,” Sanders said to Biden. They agreed to form six working groups on the economy, education, criminal justice, immigration, climate change, and health care.
  • Biden won the Wisconsin Democratic primary with approximately 63% of the vote. He will receive at least 50 of the state’s 84 pledged delegates.

Republicans

  • During his daily press briefing on Monday, Donald Trump said he had total authority over reopening the economy. “When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total. The governors know that,” he said. Trump also said the number of daily new infections had flattened nationwide and that the U.S. was signing contracts with four new companies to produce more ventilators.
  • Trump won the Wisconsin Republican primary with approximately 98% of the vote. He will receive all 52 of the state’s delegates.

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  • Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) said he was considering an independent presidential run following comments Trump made about executive authority. Amash tweeted, “Americans who believe in limited government deserve another option.”

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Flashback: April 14, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated in Brooklyn, New York. It was the final Democratic primary debate of the election cycle.

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