Biden: ‘I think we’ve had enough debates’

Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden at D.C. debate
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From left, former Vice President Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders participate in a CNN debate in March 2020. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday suggested there should be no more televised debates for the remainder of the 2020 Democratic primary, signaling an unwillingness to spar on stage again with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders next month.
Ater a virtual news briefing on the coronavirus pandemic conducted from his home in Delaware, Biden was asked about the Sanders campaign’s statement to The New York Times on Tuesday that the senator would appear in an April debate if the Democratic National Committee proceeded with organizing the event.
Pressed on whether he, too, would participate, Biden said: “My focus is just dealing with this crisis right now. I haven’t thought about any more debates. I think we’ve had enough debates. I think we should get on with this.”
Biden and Sanders last traded barbs in their first one-on-one debate of the primary cycle on March 15, and it is unclear whether there will be another such forum before the start of the general election campaign.
Despite hints that he would withdraw from the Democratic nominating contest soon after falling to Biden in the latest round of state primaries last week, Sanders has defied party pressure and remained in the race — which has been transformed by the coronavirus’ rapid spread across the country.
Campaign staff have begun working from home, several states have postponed primary voting, and pre-scheduled rallies and town halls have been scrapped en masse. Even the fate of the Democratic convention in Milwaukee this summer is up in the air amid the public health crisis.
Meanwhile, Biden and Sanders have sought to adapt to new methods of connecting with supporters as their campaign organizations rely increasingly on digital resources.
“I’m learning a lot more about how to get the message out, in terms of beyond what we’re doing,” Biden said on Wednesday, adding that there is still “plenty of opportunity to communicate” with the American people.
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March 25, 2020
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