AGENCIES, Washington: American senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders who recently announced he was out of the presidential race has endorsed his former rival Joe Biden for the top job on Monday. Sanders made the announcement in a joint online appearance.
“I am asking all Americans, I’m asking every Democrat, I’m asking every independent, I’m asking a lot of Republicans, to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse,” Sanders said. Appearing in a split screen with Biden, Sanders said there’s “no great secret out there that you and I have our differences.”
The backing is a crucial development for Biden, who must bridge the Democratic Party’s ideological divide to unify voters against President Donald Trump in the fall.
Biden and Sanders, a leading progressive, clashed throughout the primary over policy issues such as the “Medicare for All” universal health care plan.
The endorsement stands in contrast to the extended 2016 fight between Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who became the nominee that year. Sanders endorsed Clinton, but only after the end of a drawn-out nominating fight and amid a bitter fight over the Democratic platform that extended to the summer convention.
“We’ve got to make Trump a one-term president,” Sanders said. “I will do all that I can to make that happen.