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Despite delegate deficit, Sanders says he's winning 'ideological debate'

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 3 days ago Joseph Simonson
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Bernie Sanders is giving no indication that he'll drop out of the Democratic primary race anytime soon, saying the coronavirus pandemic provides an opportunity to show how a key campaign platform would work in real life. 

"We are winning the ideological debate — I think especially in this terrible crisis that we're in, people understand that healthcare is a human right," said the Vermont senator, referencing his Medicare for All plan, which would abolish private health insurance in favor of a government program.

Sanders, 78, also mentioned the peculiar nature of the primaries, which have been severely interrupted as states move their contests back by months.

"You're talking about an election without elections. ... That's kind of unprecedented," he said. "The nature of the campaign has changed very profoundly. We are going to virtual campaigning, doing events almost every single night."

Although Sanders has virtually no path to the nomination, with Joe Biden's delegate lead verging on insurmountable, he has remained steadfast in his campaign for president.

The former vice president has 1,174 pledged delegates to the senator's 862. A total of 1,991 delegates are required to become the 2020 Democratic nominee, according to the party's rules.

On Wednesday, Biden indicated that he was not interested in participating in any more debates against Sanders.

"My focus is just dealing with this crisis right now. I haven’t thought about any more debates. I think we’ve had enough debates. I think we should get on with this," said Biden.

A spokesman for Sanders, alternatively, told the New York Times earlier this week that should the party hold an April debate, the candidate "plans to be there."

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