According to the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, the Democratic Party will have no problems coming together after a heated and contentious battle for the nomination. While it is always the case that party members get into squabbles and arguments during the primary season, Democrats believe it is even more important than usual for the party to unite and get behind their nominee. They are extremely worried about the possibility of Donald Trump finding himself with a path to the White House because the Democrats were too busy fighting among themselves.
With that in mind, Joe Biden spoke to a radio show with NPR where he stated categorically that Bernie Sanders has assured him that he will endorse his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton. Even though Senator Sanders has been fairly adamant about taking his fight to the Democratic National Convention, it is believed that he will come to an agreement with Hillary Clinton in the coming days and weeks that would see him give her an endorsement.
Whether his endorsement is as enthusiastic as the one Clinton herself gave to Barack Obama after the 2008 Democratic Primaries remains to be seen, but it is a good sign for Democrats that Sanders is willing to back the party’s nominee. There were some fears that Sanders would continue with his message against Clinton, even after she clinched enough delegates to become the party’s nominee. But it will be interesting to see what type of concessions Clinton is willing to make in order to get Sanders’ endorsement.
Despite both candidates running on fairly similar platforms, there are a few key issues where they disagree. Senator Sanders wishes to fight for universal healthcare in the single payer variety, while Clinton wants to continue with the progress made by Obamacare. Sanders is an avid supporter of a $15 minimum wage throughout the country, while Clinton believes in starting at $12 an hour and working their way up over time.
Some public concessions have already been made by Bernie Sanders. In an interview a couple of weeks ago, he spoke about the reality that he was unlikely to become the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. In a recent interview with MSNBC, he even stated that he was happy to vote for Hillary Clinton when the November election rolls around. But voting for someone and endorsing them are two different things, especially in the political world.