Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts ‘friendly’ talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as ‘just wrong’ | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NYWe need to be ‘One America,’ the polling says and the politicians should listen16 things to know today about coronavirusMORE on Tuesday praised Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor’s effort to delay electionThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden, Trump discuss coronavirus response; Wisconsin postpones electionsWisconsin governor postpones Tuesday’s election over coronavirusMORE (I-Vt.) for having a significant influence on American politics and said he hopes his primary rival will play a role in his own campaign if should he be the Democratic nominee.
Speaking on NBCs The Today Show, Biden reiterated his commitment to picking a woman as his vice presidential running mate. But he said he that hes spoken to Sanders recently and that he wants him to be a part of his presidential journey.
Bernie has an incredible following, Biden said. Hes maybe one of a half dozen people in American history who may not be the nominee but has had an impact on American politics in a significant way, in a positive way.”
“If I’m the nominee I can tell you one thing I would very much want Bernie Sanders to be part of the journey. Not as a vice presidential nominee, but just in engaging in all the things that he’s worked so hard to do, many of which I agree with.”
Biden has opened up what many political analysts view as an insurmountable delegates lead in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The primary race has effectively ground to a halt due to the coronavirus.
But national polls show Biden maintaining a big lead over Sanders. The two candidates are on the ballot in the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday, which Biden is expected to win handily.
There have been some calls for Sanders to drop out of the race. The Washington Post has reported that Sanderss top advisers have told him privately that it might be a good idea.
Biden on Tuesday said he would not pressure Sanders to exit the race.
I wouldnt presume to do that, Biden said. I really mean it. Its a really hard decision and Bernie has a lot of really devoted followers. Its a difficult decision to make. But its his to make. Im not going to suggest what he should do.