Democratic Party Unification in the Time of Trump
Yesterday, Senator Sanders endorsed Vice President Biden for President, ending his own presidential run and the need for a primary election in June.
As you may know, I did not endorse any of our wonderful Democratic candidates for President during the primary. This is because I believe it is my role in Congress to serve and fight for you alongside whoever the people of our country select as our Democratic nominee. And now, that nominee is Joe Biden.
Under the Obama-Biden administration, I was nominated for and served as the State Executive Director of the USDA Nevada Farm Services Agency. I served in this presidentially-appointed position from 2009 to 2017, and I have great respect for Vice President Biden and the work he has done.
However, I know that this comes as a devastating blow to some Sanders supporters. I hear you and understand this is not the outcome you wanted. You may not want to hear “#VoteBlueNoMatterWho” right now, and I understand why. So instead, I am asking you to simply keep an open mind between now and November, and hear what Joe Biden has to say. He may surprise you.
In their streamed video conference yesterday, Biden and Sanders agreed to form six task forces, covering the economy, education, criminal justice, immigration, climate change and health care. Sanders said. “I hope that these task forces will come together utilizing the best minds and people in your campaign and in my campaign to work out real solutions to these very, very important problems."
As a show of faith to Sanders supporters, Biden appears to be making some progressive policy changes, such as:
Supporting a national $15/hr minimum wage
Lowering the medicare age from 65 to 60
Forgiving student loan debt for low-income and middle-class families
Making college education free
Aggressively combating climate change
Addressing income inequality
Biden gives credit to Sanders’ campaign saying that they laid the groundwork for these ideas. I have supported all of these initiatives from the beginning of my congressional run, and I am thrilled to see Biden and Sanders working together to make them a reality.
"You don't get enough credit, Bernie, for being the voice that forces us to take a hard look in the mirror and ask ourselves if we've done enough, and we haven't," Biden said in their live conversation yesterday.
Over the last few weeks, Joe Biden has been making an effort to bring in progressives who may be dismayed by his candidacy. I believe he is listening to you. He’s working closely with Sanders, and he is making unexpected policy changes in an effort to unify the Democratic party. This shows that Biden has an open mind and is open to feedback and being challenged. I find that impressive and inspiring. It’s exactly what I want in a leader, and that’s the type of leader I strive to be.
In the November 2020 election, the biggest threat facing our nation is the current president. Sanders accurately pointed out how dangerous Trump is, calling him a racist, a bigot, and several other choice names, and Biden nodded in agreement. Kicking Trump - and his whole corrupt family - out of the White House is priority #1, and I’m happy to see progressive and moderate Democrats beginning to unite to make this happen. Nothing gets better until Trump is gone.
Right now, it’s critical for our party to unite and defeat the most corrupt leader in the history of our country. I am proud to stand with my fellow Democrats and fight to elect Joe Biden as our next President. I hope you will join me so we can ensure that Trump is a one-term president.