Bernie vs. Biden

In 2019, 27 candidates entered the race for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 election. Now, only two remain.

One candidate is former Vice President Joe Biden. Democrats see him as the key to defeating Donald Trump and believe him to be more electable than his counterpart.

His opponent, in question, is Senator Bernie Sanders. The self-described socialist fights for free healthcare and wants everyone to have an equal standard of living. 

Biden and Sanders are the Democrats’ hope, but they are divided, which can affect the election depending on who gets nominated in June. Biden currently leads in votes, but it is by a slim margin.

Last weekend, the two candidates participated in the 11th Democratic debate of the season. It was done in front of no audience.

“Biden and Sanders showed no sign of unity,” junior Zach Geiger said. “They just wanted to say why the other was wrong at every turn,”

This is a concern, because of the Democrats’ main goal is to defeat Donald Trump, their supporters must join together in order for that to be any possibility. 

This was addressed in the debate. Biden had pointed out how they both have the same ideas, but have different ways of approaching them.

The first topic that was talked about is the issue that is on everyone’s mind: coronavirus.

Sanders, obviously, took this conversation to talk about how Americans would not have to worry so much about it if healthcare was offered to everyone. 

He also mentioned the fact that people are put out of work because of all of the rapid closures of public areas and suggested that the government should put $1 trillion into the bank in order to ensure that workers who have temporarily lost their jobs can still pay their mortgages. 

Biden, on the other hand, compared this battle with coronavirus to a war and stated that he would use the military to fight it.

“They have the capacity to provide this surge help that hospitals need, and that is needed across the nation,” Biden said. 

One of the biggest highlights of the debate was that both candidates promised to select a woman for the vice presidents.

“There are a number of women qualified to be president tomorrow,” Biden said.

After Biden committed, Sanders was asked if he would do the same. He said that he would.

“It’s not just nominating a woman,” Sanders said. “It is making sure that we have a progressive woman and there are progressive women out there.”

This is the first debate to only have the two remaining candidates. Naturally, everything from each candidate will be observed thoroughly to see who the right pick is.

“Biden did the best,” Geiger said. “He had more direct answers on how to deal with the crisis. He did it before with ebola, and he can do it again.”

This debate was days before Ohio was supposed to vote in the primaries on Tuesday. However, on Monday night before voting, governor Mike DeWine pushed it back to June 2.

“The only thing more important than a free and fair election is the health and safety of Ohioans,” DeWine said on Twitter. “They mustn’t be forced to choose between their health and exercising their constitutional rights.” 

While it is understandable, there are still grumblings about it.

“It was necessary to protect Ohioans from the virus; however, it should’ve been done earlier,” Geiger said. “We should’ve known a week or so. It made it difficult for people to know whether or not the polls were closed because it [information] was changing rapidly.”