The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race

The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race
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We're Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here's what we're watching today on the campaign trail. 

 

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LEADING THE DAY: 

Despite former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points Biden: 'We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us' MORE's nearly insurmountable delegate lead, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersExpanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support The battle of two Cubas Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Ro Khanna MORE (I-Vt.) signaled on Friday that he is not getting out of the race anytime soon. 

"Where do we go from here with the elections that are being delayed, where we can't go out and hold rallies or knock on doors? That's what we're looking at right now," Sanders said in an interview on NPR's "Morning Edition."

Sanders did acknowledge that beating Biden would be a "very steep road," but added that Americans deserved hear a variety of ideas. 

"I think the American people, especially in this unprecedented moment in American history, want to hear the ideas that will lead us away from where we are right now," Sanders said. "These are enormously important issues and we need serious debates over them."

While Biden has taken part in a media blitz from his makeshift television studio in Delaware, Sanders has been in Washington recently as the Senate worked on the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. 

Sanders's campaign has also taken part in digital roundtables and events, and the senator pointed out on Friday that his policy stances are still relatively well represented in the rescue package. 

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"People might not have thought that the United States Congress, the Republican president, the Republican Senate would do what they did," Sanders said. "There's a reason for that. And that is that millions of people are now demanding that we have a government that works for all. What role should the campaign play in continuing that fight to make sure that health care becomes a human right, not a privilege, that we raise the minimum wage to a living wage, et cetera, et cetera."

--Julia Manchester 

 

READ MORE: 

Sanders charges forward with 2020 bid against long odds, The Hill's Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley report.

Sanders says beating Biden will be "a very steep road," writes The Hill's J. Edward Moreno.

 

FROM THE TRAIL:

CNN announced on Thursday Biden will take part in a town hall focusing on the coronavirus on the network on Friday night. The 60-minute town hall will "feature questions submitted by individuals living in some of the communities hit hardest by the coronavirus," per CNN. Biden will join the event from his home studio in Delaware. It will be moderated by "AC 360" anchor Anderson Cooper. More from The Hill's Joe Concha.

 

Campaigns are shifting to virtual efforts to engage with voters after suspending events amid the coronavirus pandemic, Tal Axelrod and Rebecca Klar report.

 

PERSPECTIVES:

Niall Stanage: Economic disaster poses danger for Trump

Frank Bruni: Should Biden freak out about the Trump bump?

Jay Cost: Coronavirus is killing the Biden campaign

David Daley and Gaby Goldstein: Beyond the White House, the coronavirus may be a lasting threat to politics

 

FROM CONGRESS AND THE STATES:

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is asking a federal judge to put on hold Wisconsin's absentee voting requirements to make it easier for people to cast their votes by mail amid the coronavirus outbreak. They argue that the current registration requirements would force voters to leave their homes to obtain photocopied documents for proof of ID and witness signatures for their ballots. Harper Neidig reports.

 

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The Texas Democratic Party is scrapping plans for an in-person state convention and will instead move the event online amid concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. Max reports.

 

POLL WATCH: 

MICHIGAN -- MARKET RESEARCH GROUP

BIDEN: 44 percent

TRUMP: 41 percent

 

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TRUMP APPROVAL RATING -- ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST

APPROVE: 48 percent

DISAPPROVE: 46 percent

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

(Keep in mind these dates could change because of the outbreak.)

April 4:

Alaska Democratic primary (vote-by-mail)

Hawaii Democratic primary (vote-by-mail)

 

April 7:

Wisconsin Democratic primary

 

April 17:

Wyoming Democratic caucuses (vote-by-mail)

 

April 26:

Puerto Rico Democratic primary

 

April 28:

New York primaries

 

ONE HOPEFUL THING

CLAPPING BACK: People around the world have shown their gratitude and support for health care workers and first responders around the world working to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the United Kingdom did something unique on Thursday.

At approximately 8 p.m. in the evening, Britons across the U.K. took to their backyards, front porches, balconies and rooftops to show their support for the country's National Health Service by clapping and cheering. 

Here's a view from the BBC:

For more good news be sure to check out The Hill's Selfless Acts page, where our reporters are detailing how Americans are helping each other through the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

We'll be back on Monday with the latest campaign news!