/Election: Sanders takes fresh aim at Biden as senator says he’s losing ‘electability’ debate

Election: Sanders takes fresh aim at Biden as senator says he’s losing ‘electability’ debate


Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders on Wednesday took fresh aim at Joe Biden a day after losing Michigan’s and other Democratic presidential primaries, saying he looks forward to debating on Sunday even as he acknowledged he’s losing the argument over “electability.”

“I very much look forward to the debate in Arizona with my friend, Joe Biden,” the Vermont senator said about the former vice president. Sanders said he would press Biden on issues including student debt, Medicare for All and bankruptcies stemming from medical debt.

Biden and Sanders are set to square off Sunday night in Phoenix, in the first head-to-head debate between the two men of the primary season. That debate is scheduled two days before voters in Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Illinois go to the polls on March 17. Biden holds a wide lead over Sanders in delegates after Tuesday’s contests, with 857 to Sanders’ 709, according to a tracker from the Wall Street Journal. More wins on March 17 could make Biden unstoppable on his path to the nomination.

Addressing reporters in Burlington, Vt., Sanders said “we are losing the debate over electability,” but claimed success for his agenda in polls and support of younger voters.

The debate, like other campaign events, has been disrupted by the spread of the coronavirus. There will be no live audience at the event, according to the Democratic National Committee.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average

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  was down more than 1,100 points Wednesday as investors’ hopes faded for a quick U.S. fiscal stimulus response to the outbreak. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said a robust economic stimulus won’t be able to pass Congress quickly, and threw his support behind a smaller measure designed to help small businesses and workers grappling with the outbreak.

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