After a campaign shaken by twists and turns, Bernie Sanders abandoned the race for the White House on Wednesday, promising to work with Joe Biden, now the assured winner of the Democratic primary, who called for the rally to beat Donald Trump.
In announcing to his supporters that he was throwing in the towel, the independent senator greeted Joe Biden as a “very respectable man” and said that he would work with this more moderate candidate in order to advance his program firmly anchored on the left.
Noting the real tensions between the two camps, the former American vice-president, 77, reached out to supporters of 78-year-old Bernie Sanders.
“I know I have to win your votes. And I know it may take time. But I want you to know that I see you, that I hear you, that I understand the sense of urgency that drives you,” said the man who will face Donald Trump on November 3.
In the evening, he further praised the “passionate voice for progress” of Bernie Sanders, who “inspired and motivated millions of supporters, especially young voters”.
At the end of a campaign which had seen an unprecedented number of candidates, displaying record diversity, Joe Biden promised to choose a woman as co-listener.
And he had very strong words on Wednesday towards Senator Kamala Harris. At 55, she had hoped to become the first black woman president of the United States before giving up the Democratic primary in December.