Bernie Sanders' dilemma facing Joe Biden

Democratic nomination contestant Bernie Sanders, accompanied by the Reverend Jesse Jackson, at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 8.
Democratic nomination contestant Bernie Sanders with the Reverend Jesse Jackson at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 8. JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP

While the Iowa caucus, the first leg of the Democratic nomination contest for the presidential election of November 3, was held on February 3, "Le Monde" launches its campaign logbook. A daily update, five days a week until September, with campaign facts, political advertisements, polls, maps and figures that allow you to follow and experience the most important electoral competition in the world.

Now outstripped by Joe Biden in the Democratic nomination race, Vermont independent senator Bernie Sanders faces a dilemma. It has not escaped his notice that the majority of voters' concerns so far have been the defeat of incumbent President Donald Trump, as evidenced by all the polls released on Super Tuesday, March 3. Bernie Sanders therefore assures at each meeting that he will support Joe Biden in November if the latter becomes the official candidate of the Democratic Party.

But in an attempt to gain the advantage, Bernie Sanders is forced to attack the former vice president. He thus continues to denounce the latter's past support for free trade agreements which he has always opposed. He did the same with 2016 nomination contestant Hillary Clinton. This offensive had certainly contributed to his victory on the wire in the strategic state of Michigan, which had relaunched its campaign after a disappointing Super Tueday.

Four years later, the senator from Vermont is at the same point. It imperatively needs a success Tuesday, March 10 in this state of the "rust belt" won to everyone's surprise by Donald Trump in November 2016. After also criticizing the fact that Joe Biden accepts all financial support, including on the part of large fortunes, Bernie Sanders now extends his attacks to the balance sheet of the former vice president about LGBT rights and abortion. He criticized him in particular for having supported a policy which prevented homosexuals from serving openly in the army, and for having passed in 1996 a federal law which prohibited the legal recognition of homosexual marriages.

"In the past, Joe Biden voted for the so-called Hyde Amendment, which said that women could not use Medicaid dollars (a federal health program for low income) to protect their reproductive rights and obtain an abortion "added the senator during trips to Illinois and Michigan on Saturday March 7 and Sunday March 8. " I am proud to tell you that I had 100% prochoix votes (in favor of the right to abortion) throughout my life ", he added.


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