MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:
Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential race final week. And in the present day he made his assist for his former rival Joe Biden clear.
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BERNIE SANDERS: So in the present day I’m asking all People – I am asking each Democrat; I am asking each unbiased; I am asking a number of Republicans – to return collectively on this marketing campaign to assist your candidacy, which I endorse.
KELLY: All proper, so what’s subsequent as Sanders and Biden attempt to unify their supporters? For extra on that, we will usher in NPR political correspondent Asma Khalid.
ASMA KHALID, BYLINE: Hello there.
KELLY: So Bernie Sanders has stated for some time that he would assist Biden if he turned the nominee. Converse to the importance of truly listening to him say it out loud in the present day.
KHALID: Nicely, you are proper. He has lengthy stated he would assist whoever was the Democratic nominee. However to me, the timing and the tone have been key. I imply, that is very early for a rival to make an endorsement. You may assume again to 2016. Sanders then didn’t endorse Hillary Clinton till July. When you look again even at 2008, Hillary Clinton didn’t endorse Barack Obama till the tip of June. So, I imply, I’d say that that is very early, traditionally talking. Immediately, to me, although, the tone between these two males was additionally vital to look at.
They joined one another by way of livestream, and, you realize, there have been so many moments the place you possibly can hear Sanders appear to attempt to remind his supporters about the necessity to defeat Donald Trump as president. And then you definitely additionally heard from Joe Biden, you realize, some indications that these two males are mates. He explicitly thanked Sanders for his friendship, advised him he was not going to attempt to, you realize, let him down and that he would want his assist not simply to marketing campaign however to additionally govern. And you bought the sense that these have been two males who genuinely noticed one another as mates and believed that they should unite as a way to defeat the Republicans.
KELLY: So that each one sounds very nice, very pleasant. Nevertheless, these two politicians haven’t been competing towards one another for months for lack of variations – all type of…
KELLY: …Coverage variations. Did they attempt to start reconciling any of these in the present day?
KHALID: Nicely, in the present day on this livestream video that they did, they – you realize, you undoubtedly heard Joe Biden, specifically, emphasize these form of shared objectives, widespread values. Right here he’s.
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JOE BIDEN: You and I’ve all the time shared a profound conviction so long as we have each been in politics. This nation wasn’t constructed by Wall Road. It wasn’t constructed by CEOs and hedge fund managers. It was constructed by employees.
KHALID: Now, Mary Louise, that language sounds, in all probability, awfully acquainted to the kind of language we have heard from Bernie Sanders for some time. We heard these two males – to me, what was most fascinating – discuss concerning the sense that they’re planning to unite and really create process forces to deal with particular coverage priorities – schooling, the financial system, local weather change. However, you realize, there’s a massive distinction on well being care between these two males. And I’ll say I spent a number of time speaking to progressive activists in the previous few days, and so they’ve stated if there’s probably not motion on “Medicare for All” from Joe Biden, they do not know that each one of Sanders’ supporters will actually come round to him.
KELLY: OK. We did get extra major outcomes in the present day. Joe Biden is projected to win final week’s Wisconsin major, however Sanders says he’s going to remain on the poll for the remainder of this major season. So what does that imply because the marketing campaign strikes forward?
KHALID: Nicely, he is making an attempt to accrue extra delegates with the first objective of influencing the DNC’s platform and guidelines. However, to me, the opposite unknown issue as we transfer forward is what it should actually take to persuade a few of his supporters to again Joe Biden. You already know, now we have seen – and we noticed it even once more in the present day regardless of this livestream video that they did to get collectively that there are Biden skeptics inside the Democratic Get together. And, in the end, there’ll nonetheless be extra work for each of those males to do to persuade these people to return round and vote for Biden in November.
KELLY: NPR’s Asma Khalid – thanks, Asma.
KHALID: You are welcome. Transcript supplied by NPR, Copyright NPR.