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Former Sanders press secretary: 'My objective is to push Joe Biden into being a better candidate'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Ocasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting Calls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas MORE’s (I-Vt.) former campaign press secretary said Wednesday that her “objective is to push” presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE "into being a better candidate" now that Sanders has dropped out of the race.

Briahna Joy Gray responded on Hill.TV to Sanders’s Tuesday comments that it would be “irresponsible” of his supporters not to vote for the former vice president in the general election against President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE

“And that’s not exactly what I’m out to do,” she said. “My objective is to push Joe Biden into being a better candidate, a more electable candidate and a candidate that appeals more to a broad swath of Americans, who we all know — poll after poll — actually support Bernie Sanders’s policies.”

Gray, a contributing editor at Current Affairs, said she wants to “extract some concession out of the leverage” of her vote and endorsement, specifically by getting Biden to acknowledge a majority of Americans back “Medicare for All.”

She said it “isn't irresponsible. It’s actually doing what duty is incumbent upon all of us as voting participants in this democracy.”

After Sanders’s endorsement of Biden this, Gray tweeted she is not following suit because of his lack of support for Medicare for All, canceling all student debt and implementing a wealth tax. 

 

The Vermont progressive dropped out of the race last week and formally endorsed Biden Monday, saying “We need you in the White House."

President Obama and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Democratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race MORE (D-Mass.) endorsed the former vice president in the two days following.