Fresh off a slate of Super Tuesday primary victories, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden pledged to unify Americans as he prepares for a potentially long nominating fight against rival Bernie Sanders.
“We’re going to bring together all Americans … of every stripe,” Biden told reporters Wednesday at a West Hollywood hotel. “I really mean that. This is what we have to do to win. This is what we have to do to unify the nation.”
Biden didn’t mention Sanders by name. but the former vice president’s remarks came hours after his the top leaders of his campaign took direct aim at Sanders for new ads criticizing Biden’s record on Social Security and for suggesting Biden’s supporters are following dictates from the Democratic establishment.
The former vice president sought to put himself above the fray in his short appearance, introducing himself to voters who are just starting to tune in.
The next president, he said, will “face a divided nation and a world in disarray … I know what I want to do. I’m going to make it clearer and clearer to all the people.”
Continuing a variation of an argument he made for months in the early nominating states, Biden declared that “character is on the ballot, not only the character of the candidates but the character of the nation.”
Asked by reporters whether his comeback was a result of the Democratic establishment trying to stop Sanders, Biden responded: “The establishment are all those hard-working people” of every racial and ethnic demographic who voted Tuesday,
Sanders, a democratic socialist, led the first three nominating contests, prompting open worry from some Democratic leaders that he’d tank the party in November as nominee.
Biden’s string of wins on Super Tuesday solidified his status as the more moderate alternative as he pulled ahead of Sanders in delegates with California still to be counted.
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In This Story: Joe Biden
Joe Biden is an American politician who served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a United States Senator for Delaware from 1973 to 2009.
Biden is the Democratic presidential nominee for the 2020 election, running against the incumbent, Donald Trump.
On August 11, 2020, Biden announced U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 presidential election.