‘We’ve had enough debates!’ Joe Biden rejects Bernie Sanders’ appetite for ANOTHER Democratic head-to-head and says it’s time to deal with the coronavirus crisis
‘I think we’ve had enough debates, I think we should get on with this,’ Biden said when asked if he would participate in an April head-to-head with the Vermont senator.
Sanders remains in the 2020 Democratic primary race despite the delegate math making it nearly impossible for him to win the nomination.
OVER IT: Joe Biden indicated Wednesday he was done debating Bernie Sanders, telling reporters, ‘I think we’ve done enough debates, I think we should get on with this,’ when asked if he would take the stage in April
Campaign staff for Bernie Sanders (pictured) said Tuesday that the Vermont senator would still be game to debate Joe Biden in April if the Democratic National Committee decides to go ahead with its planned 2020 primary debate
However, the New York Times reported Tuesday that Sanders was open to debate Biden again.
‘Sen. Sanders is still running for president,’ Mike Casca, a top campaign official, told the paper. ‘If there is a debate in April, he plans to be there.’
The Democratic National Committee previously said there would be an April debate, though never officially announced a date or location.
The last debate, held 10 days ago as the coronavirus crisis had just started gripping the nation, had no audience, was filmed at CNN’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and Sanders and Biden stood six feet apart.
It came five days after Sanders’ bruising loss in Michigan, which was his last, best hope to change the race’s momentum, which dramatically tilted toward the former vice president once he won South Carolina in late February, the first southern state to vote.
Sanders’ supporters have remained active in criticizing Biden for not being more front-and-center during the ongoing crisis.
Sanders has held livestream events with supporters every couple of days to talk coronavirus – often with musical guests – and he’s gone to work for his day job, that of a U.S. senator.
This week marked the first that Biden made a more concerted effort to get his message in front of American voters.
‘My focus is just dealing with this crisis right now,’ he answered, when initially asked the debate question by CNN’s Arlette Saenz. ‘I haven’t thought about any more debates.’
Beyond the press conference – where he took three questions from mainstream outlets and one from an 18-year-old participant – Biden has appeared on the The View and CNN from his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
‘It took about four days to be able to have the power and the capacity to set up in my recreation room, where I’m sitting now,’ he told reporters Wednesday.
Biden indicated he was feeling some FOMO – fear of missing out – as a private citizen and candidate for president, instead of having an active role in U.S. government.
‘I have to tell you just like anybody who cares about this, I am chomping at the bit,’ he told reporters. ‘I wish I were still in the Senate, being able to impact on some of these things, but I am where I am, and I hope to be the nominee of the Democratic Party and I hope I’m able to get my message across as we go forward.’