US Vice President Joe Biden said there is no fundamental split within the Democratic Party and that it should “let Bernie run the race.” The comments came as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is faced with pressure to denounce supporters for threatening the party leaders last weekend at a state party convention in Nevada.
“I’m confident that Bernie will be supportive if Hillary wins, which the numbers indicate will happen. So I’m not worried,” The Guardian quoted him as telling reporters in Ohio where he also delivered remarks on the economy. “Bernie Sanders is a good guy. Let Bernie run the race. There’s nothing wrong with that,” he added.
Speaking in the context of the harassment by Sanders’ supporters, Biden said, “that’s not Bernie.” He added, “And what Bernie’s going to have to do if that happens again – he’s going to have to be more aggressive in speaking out about it. But here we are in May, as was pointed out, Hillary was still in this in May, in June.”
On Tuesday, the Nevada Democratic Party launched a formal complaint against Sanders’ supporters. The events that took place over the weekend were described in the complaint as “a very dangerous atmosphere that ended in chaos and physical threats to fellow Democrats.”
Sanders issued a statement in response, denouncing all forms of violence but also slammed the Democratic Party of Nevada for preventing “a fair and transparent process from taking place.”
Earlier in May, the vice president was confident that Clinton will win the Democratic nominations. He said that he is even quite sure that Clinton will also become the president. Biden has not only decided against running for the White House himself, he has also not endorsed either Clinton or Sanders. However, his statement stood for a more direct acknowledgement from the White House that Clinton will bag the nomination, according to ABC News.
According to Biden, Sen. Sherrod Brown as the next vice-president would be a great choice as ABC News has also reported. Biden, however, still emphasised his neutrality, saying, “But there’s a lot of really qualified folks for No. 2. Hillary has a plethora of really good people to pick from, for real.”