Daily Beast - April 8, 2020
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on Wednesday he would suspend his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, bringing to an end a comeback bid four years in the making that saw him, briefly, become the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
But it was not meant to be.
During an all staff conference call on Wednesday, Sanders said he was suspending his campaign. He will address supporters in a livestream later on Wednesday. “The campaign ends, the struggle continues,” his team wrote in an announcement.
An unparalleled grassroots fundraising network and a progressive base fueled by his 2016 campaign made Sanders a top tier candidate throughout the 2020 campaign. He successfully pulled several of his rivals to the left and watched as many of them contorted themselves, unsuccessfully, to emulate his platform of democratic socialism.
But the progressive policies that inspired so many voters—universal government-run healthcare, tuition-free college, a wealth tax on the richest Americans—repelled many risk-averse Democratic voters who cared more about beating President Donald Trump than bringing down the system that enabled his rise. ...
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