Sanders Won't Challenge Biden for Nomination

He says he'll do all he can to support president's reelection effort
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2023 5:37 PM CDT
Bernie Sanders Isn't Running for President Again
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Sen. Bernie Sanders responds to another senator's remarks during testimony by former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Wednesday, March 29, 2023.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Bernie Sanders isn't going to try to beat President Biden's record as the oldest president in US history. The 81-year-old independent senator from Vermont said Tuesday that he won't seek the Democratic nomination a third time and he will do everything he can to support Biden's bid for a second term. "The last thing this country needs is a Donald Trump or some other right-wing demagogue who is going to try to undermine American democracy or take away a woman’s right to choose, or not address the crisis of gun violence, or racism, sexism or homophobia," Sanders told the AP. "So, I’m in to do what I can to make sure that the president is reelected."

Sanders—who finished second to Biden in the 2020 race for the Democratic nomination and second to Hillary Clinton in 2016—said he would discourage other high-profile progressives from challenging Biden. He said he would continue to fight for progressive policies as chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The Hill reports that Sanders had long left the door open to a possible White House bid in case Biden decided against seeking a second term. Biden formally announced his reelection bid earlier Tuesday. (More Bernie Sanders stories.)

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