Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spend their first weekend as the last major contenders of his White House party with an intensification of attacks between them. Each one tries to prove that it is the best option before Tuesday’s vote in six more states: Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington.
This reflects the new aspect of a contest that once included more than 20 Democrats. This situation could last for months while Biden and Sanders are preparing for a prolonged battle for the right to face President Donald Trump in November.
“You can’t overthrow Trump with the same policy of yesteryear,” Sanders told more than 7,000 followers in a convention hall in downtown Detroit.RELATED
At 78, Sanders is actually a year older than Biden. But the self-titled social democrat who has been in Congress since 1991, argues that he has gone against the establishment of both parties with decades of unpopular positions that now give him the credibility of leading a “bottom-up” political revolution.
Sanders says it is part of a larger movement that can attract young people, minorities and the working class to the polls, although they tend to vote in less concentration than other Americans. Strong support among Hispanics gave Sanders the victory in Nevada and California, but Biden beat him in South Carolina and much of the Southeast who voted during the Super Tuesday. In particular, Biden accumulated points thanks to African-Americans.
Sanders is looking for a solid close in Washington, but canceled a trip to Mississippi to focus on Michigan, Tuesday’s jackpot. I was at an event on Saturday in the mostly Arab-American community of Dearborn and had three more events in Michigan scheduled for this weekend. Biden was campaigning in Missouri and Mississippi.
Sanders has taken advantage of his stops in Michigan to attack Biden’s past support for the North American Free Trade Agreement, arguing that he took well-paid jobs in the United States to Mexico and China, while devastating manufacturing in a state dominated by the auto industry.