Bernie Sanders drops out of presidential race: Here’s how people are reacting to the news

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced April 8 that he’s dropping out of the presidential primary, leaving only former Vice President Joe Biden in the running for the Democratic Party. The public reacted to the news immediately.

“While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not,” the senator said in a live stream announcing his decision. 

This was Sanders’ second run for president. He voiced his support for Biden in the race against Donald Trump, whom Sanders deemed the most dangerous president in the nation’s history, and asked for people to “please stay in this fight with me.”

On Facebook, Carina Driscoll, Sanders’ stepdaughter and a Burlington, Vermont resident, urged campaign supporters to maintain momentum for their cause at upcoming primaries.

“Everyone can and ought to vote for Bernie in the remaining primary states. For our movement… for our issues… for the people,” Driscoll wrote.

Joe Biden reacts to Sanders’ concession

Biden echoed Sanders’ call to defeat President Trump, in a statement issued April 8. 

“Bernie has done something rare in politics,” the statement said. “He hasn’t just run a political campaign; he’s created a movement. And make no mistake about it, I believe it’s a movement that is as powerful today as it was yesterday. That’s a good thing for our nation and our future.”

Biden said he shared Sanders’ vision for a more equitable America. He acknowledged that he and Sanders share similar goals, even if they disagree on the method of achieving them.

In a direct appeal to Sanders’ supporters, Biden wrote: “I see you, I hear you, and I understand the urgency of what it is we have to get done in this country. I hope you will join us. You are more than welcome. You’re needed.”

Vermont politicians react: Rep. Welch, Sen. Leahy 

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. was thrilled to hear about Sanders’ decision to drop, considering the choice an opportunity for unity in the Democratic Party.

He credited Sanders for moving the party toward “addressing issues of our time,” including healthcare and income inequality.

“But his decision now reflects that his underlying goal has always been to revive democracy and defeat Donald Trump,” he said, coming before the senator’s own desire to be president.

The move was done “in such a clean and direct way” and reflected the positive relationship Sanders and Biden share, Welch said. He believes the Vermont senator will be able to unite Democrats and energize younger voters in this upcoming election.

“He’s going to play a major role in Vice President Biden’s success in this campaign,” Welch said.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., echoed Welch’s sentiment about defeating Trump in a statement released April 8, indicating this would be achieved through “partnership on behalf of Vermont in the U.S. Senate.” He described Sanders’ campaign energy “for new, forward-thinking leadership in America” significant in that effort. 

“My fellow Vermonters have long known what so many others have seen,” the statement read. “A consistent advocate for health care for all, for economic justice, and for a democracy that remains in the hands of the American people as it should and not in the hands of a few.”

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Politicians around the country react to the end of Sanders’ presidential bid

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, tweeted in response to Sanders’ decision to drop. 

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mi., who endorsed Sanders’ run for president, tweeted in response to the announcement. 

Like Tlaib, Rep. Ilhan Omar D-Mn., endorsed Sanders for president and responded to the announcement Wednesday. 

People, public figures react to Sanders dropping out of race

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