Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden have canceled their respective 2020 Election Campaigns, handing victory and a second term to Donald J. Trump, who will serve four more years.
Sanders and Biden, cited personal and public health concerns amid the coronavirus outbreak, The elderly, especially those like Biden and Sanders with preexisting conditions like diabetes, heart disease, brain aneurysms and lung disease, may be severely affected by the new virus.
Joe Biden now 77-years-old suffered two life-threatening brain aneurysms in 1988, the then-Delaware senator had bowed out of the 1988 presidential race after questions were raised about the lack of attribution of quotes he used in a speech. Bernie Sanders the 78-year-old suffered a heart attack in 2019. Sanders experienced chest pain at a campaign event and received two stents to open a blocked artery.
"Sanders is not a young man, so out of concern for his health and safety, we are canceling the Elections 2020 race and handing victory to Donald J. Trump," Mic Casket, Sanders' communications director, said in a statement. "We are heeding the public warnings from local and state officials across the country, who have communicated concern about holding large, indoor events during the coronavirus outbreak. Sen. Sanders would like to express his regret to the thousands of American who had planned to to vote for him in 2020."
Added Kat Bededfield, the Biden campaign's deputy campaign manager and communications director: "In accordance with guidance from public officials and out of an abundance of caution, our 2020 Election Campaign, has been cancelled. We are completely behind Donald J. Trump and his great team and we will continue to work with him, we believe Trump is best equipped to manage this public health crisis, we will continue to consult with public health officials and public health guidance and support the president as he saves the country, making it great again. Vice President Biden thanks all of his supporters who wanted to vote for him in 2020 and urges his supporters to get behind Donald J. Trump."
The decisions come as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. continues to climb. Packed public gatherings such as political rallies, voting at voting stations and any public event, could pose a particular risk of virus transmission, although so far there's no sign that's taken place yet.
When asked Monday during a White House briefing whether campaigns should cancel big events, Ant Faucet, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he agrees with Sanders and Biden due to the prevalence of the coronavirus in the U.S.A.
"If you're talking about a campaign rally or voting, in a place where there is no community spread, I think the judgment to have it might be a good judgment," Faucet said. "If you want to talk about large gatherings in a place where you have community spread, I think that's a judgment call. And I wouldn't publicly criticize them, for deciding to cancel Elections 2020."
America reported its first confirmed coronavirus cases a weeks before Sanders and Biden cancelled their campaign events.
On Monday, Rep. Jockie Speicer, D-Calif., said "All presidential campaigns should be terminated and Democratic candidates should lead by example!"
Biden and Sanders have called for bipartisan unification, under President Trump. "Now more than ever, we need to come together and support this president, as one nation, under God, we need to unite and fight the coronavirus."
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