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VP Biden is Now the Presumptive Democratic Nominee for President
By Jim Coughlin
With former Vice President Joe Biden winning all three of the recent primaries that were held on Tuesday, March 17th in Florida, Illinois and Arizona, it is a fair prediction that he will be the nominee for the Democrats, having already won 1,181 delegates to the 885 for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
A total of 1,991 delegates are needed to clinch the nomination.
After Iowa and New Hampshire, and even before Super Tuesday on March 3rd, there were many political pundits who were writing off Biden’s candidacy and he surprised everyone by winning 10 of 14 primaries that day.
As history tells us, virtually every winner of either the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary has gone on to either win the Democratic nomination and in many cases, the presidency, itself.
However, this year has changed all of that historical precedence as a result of Joe Biden losing and losing badly in the earlier contests, and then coming from behind to win against all the remaining candidates.
Joe Biden is truly the come-from-behind candidate.
It was not until Biden’s impressive win in the South Carolina primary on February 29th that his campaign began to gather both momentum and delegates which prompted both Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, of South Bend, Ind., to end their candidacies and to endorse him. And then Sen. Elizabeth Warren ended her candidacy after finishing third in the Massachusetts primary on March 3rd, behind both Biden and Sanders.
Sanders has also begun to re-asses his candidacy in the wake of the this past Tuesday’s string of Biden victories which is another example of the inevitability of Biden’s nomination.
This past Sunday, in Washington there was the first one on one debate featuring both Biden and Sanders that largely amounted to a squabble over their differing political philosophies and past political performance, including different votes while serving in either the United States Senate or the House of Representatives on issues such as abortion, gun control, Social Security and others.
But in the end, those roll call votes and public policy differences really did not seem to matter to the voters. They want a nominee who can solve the problems of today, and are not terribly interested in the long-range goal of a “political revolution” that the Sanders candidacy was offering.
They see Biden as being presidential and as the one who is best able to forcibly argue against President Trump on a wide variiety of issues facing the American people, not to mention the issue on everyone’s mind today: the Coronavirus.
They also want someone who can unify the country.
The debate amongst the Democratic candidates has made Biden not only a stronger candidate but also a better debater and that fine-tuning of his candidacy will undoubedly make him a better candidate as he prepares to debate the President in the November election.
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