Biden, Sanders debate against the background of the global pandemic

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The coronavirus is causing major adjustments to the democratic presidential contest, the former Vice-President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy reports.

WASHINGTON — As the two remaining Democratic presidential candidates on the debate stage, their party, the interests, and the world looks very different than in their last meeting less than three weeks.

The fast-moving coronavirus was a latecomer to this debate; to dominate now, with the escalation of the crisis is likely Sunday, the competition. Rising infections in the United States and around the world have a dramatic slowdown in the global travel, upended financial markets, and the question is asked, a President Donald Trump with the ability to guide the nation through a longer period of uncertainty.

Only two Democrats — former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — remain to be the case that they are best positioned to challenge trump in November. The other five candidates on the stage at the Feb. 25 debate in South Carolina, dropped out, with many rally behind Biden’s surging candidacy.


Both Biden and Sanders, the debate is a moment that your leadership could skills before, which is one of the largest target groups of the primary. You will aim to draw a comparison with Trump, but also with each other, with the argument that they have the right experience, the character and the policy prescriptions of the leadership of the nation through a crisis.

“Moments like this don’t come often in campaigns, and this is a perfect opportunity to the millions that you have what it takes,” said Robert Gibbs, the former White House press secretary and campaign adviser to President Barack Obama. “You have to show the voters that you are the answer to what’s missing, is now quiet, to lead honest, willing and sensitive.”

“The show is the perfect opportunity to the millions that you have what it takes.”

— Robert Gibbs, the former White House press secretary

The coronavirus is from the crisis quickly upended plans for Sunday’s debate. First, the democratic National Committee announced that it would hold the competition without the live audience. Then the debate moved from a large place in Arizona, one of the member States, which has a primary Tuesday to a TV studio in Washington, because there are concerns about the cross-country trip. One of the presenters had to withdraw because of the possible exposure to a person who tested positive for coronavirus.

It is Biden, the step will be on stage as the front-runner, a distinction that seemed unlikely just a few weeks. After disappointing performances in the early competitions, Biden roared back with an impressive victory in South Carolina has and will continue to rack up wins throughout the country to gain broad and diverse coalitions of voters. Moderate democratic leaders, including former rival Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg, have done that rallied behind his candidacy, and the voters have the same.

Advisers say Biden will be the target on Sunday in the debate to show the voters that backed up Sanders or other liberal candidates that you have a home in his campaign. In an Overture to the liberal, Biden is his support for a bankruptcy plan championed, announced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the approve of at the end of your campaign, the beginning of this month and still.

In a virtual town hall on Friday, Biden his support for Warren’s proposal said, the aim of which is simplification of the bankruptcy process, is “one of the things that I think Bernie and I will agree to that.”

Biden is holding a solid lead over Sanders in the all important delegate race, and a strong Show Tuesday primary contests effective guarantee his nomination. Four large States: Illinois, Ohio, Arizona and Florida, a seems to have a perennial General election battleground, the Biden, an edge over Sanders.

After a strong start, the run moved quickly away from Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, with a loyal following among young voters and liberals. But it has failed to expand its appeal, especially among black voters, and his calls for a far-reaching political and economic revolution have also fallen flat with s-voters.

Sanders is joined with some pressure from the Democratic party to step aside and let Biden take Trump on one-on-one. To support more democratic groups, which waited until after the primary consolidation Biden, including the super-PAC priorities USA.

Sanders’ advisers say he is a realist about his current situation and the difficulty of the path. But the senator is pledging to grill Biden on Sunday, the discussion on his plans to combat the college debt, for his previous support of the Iraq war and for his support of multilateral trade agreements.

“I’m going to Biden’s questions, Joe, I mean Joe is part of the decor, for a very long time, “Joe”, what role have you played in trying to ensure that we are at the end of this massive income and wealth inequality, where three people have more wealth than the bottom half of America?” Sanders said on Saturday during an online “fireside chat” with the Fans.

However, it is unclear whether the problems Sanders is destination highlight of resonance with voters in a time, much of the nation, the focus shifted to the growing number of the coronavirus and putting a spotlight on the need for presidential leadership. Schools and shops across the country are closed and many struggling hospitals and clinics, to get them testing for the coronavirus.

For Biden, the outbreak of a global pandemic for a moment, was to strengthen the Central argument of his candidacy: that his eight years as Vice President give him the experience, as well as the relationships in Washington and around the world, which are necessary, in the Oval Office during the turbulent times.


With a choice of events stopped because of warnings against large gatherings, Biden test, a speech in front of reporters and advisers on its proposal to combat the coronavirus, including the warranty for free. Sanders’ later announced that his own speech, which largely focused, for his call to overhaul the nation’s health care system and replace it with a Medicare for All program.

After Sunday’s debate, it is unclear where the candidate and the campaign go from here. Neither Biden or Sanders has announced that all public rallies for the next week, or any indication of when you will be able to appear, in person, for the voters again.

Associated Press writer Will Weissert contributed to this report.

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