Sanders endorses Biden for president

Ex-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez's 2nd grade teacher tells her 'you've got this' ahead of DNC speech Trump and allies grapple with how to target Harris Chris Wallace: Kamala Harris 'not far to the left despite what Republicans are gonna try to say' MORE (I-Vt.) endorsed former rival Joe BidenJoe BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE during a virtual event Monday.

"We need you in the White House. I will do all that I can to see that that happens, Joe," Sanders told Biden during the former vice president's virtual event on the coronavirus.

"Today, I am asking all Americans — I'm asking every Democrat, I'm asking every independent, I'm asking a lot of Republicans — to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse," Sanders added.

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The endorsement, which comes less than a week after Sanders suspended his own White House bid, marks an attempt to unify the progressive and moderate wings of the Democratic Party. The move is also aimed at quelling concerns that the party won't be able to come together ahead of the general election in November.

Sanders did not endorse the 2016 Democratic nominee, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Harris make first public appearance as running mates Trump campaign spox rips GOP congressman over rejection of QAnon conspiracy Biden hits back after Trump's attacks on Harris MORE, until roughly two weeks before the party's convention in July. 

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Sanders and his supporters, who regarded the senator's presidential campaign as a movement, have been skeptical of the party establishment, pointing to the reluctance of Democratic leaders to support progressive measures like "Medicare for All."

Biden and more moderate Democrats, in turn, have instead focused on strengthening and expanding the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.

Biden and Sanders acknowledged their policy differences at Monday's event while also highlighting their shared goal of defeating President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE on Election Day. 

"I think that your endorsement means a great deal. It means a great deal to me. I think people are going to be surprised that we are apart on some issues but we're awfully close," Biden told Sanders. "I'm going to need you, not just to win the campaign, but to govern."

Updated at 3:01 p.m.