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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats face critical 72 hours Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Manchin nixes Medicare expansion Manchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion MORE’s (I-Vt.) former campaign press secretary said Wednesday that her “objective is to push” presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act:  a bill long overdue 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 TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled 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 WarrenDemocrats face critical 72 hours The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal This week: Democrats aim to unlock Biden economic, infrastructure package MORE (D-Mass.) endorsed the former vice president in the two days following.