Sanders: 'The day after Biden's elected we're going to have a serious debate'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Trump mocks Joe Biden's drive-in rallies at North Carolina event Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE (I-Vt.) on Friday reaffirmed his commitment to electing Joe BidenJoe BidenObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Brad Pitt narrates Biden ad airing during World Series MORE president, but said the Democratic nominee’s victory in November would be followed by a “serious debate” about the direction of the country.

“We’re going to come together to defeat Trump,” Sanders told "The Daily Show" host Trevor NoahTrevor Noah'Daily Show' to broadcast live on election night Beyoncé says she's helping provide aid to Nigerian protesters Fauci: 'Divisive nature' in US hampering coronavirus response MORE on Friday. “And the day after Biden is elected, we’re going to have a serious debate about the future of this country, but it will be done within the framework of a democratic society.”

The Vermont senator’s remarks presage a coming push by progressives to wield more influence in the Democratic Party and within a potential Biden administration.


Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, posed the greatest challenge to Biden during the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating contest, amassing a series of early primary wins before eventually falling behind Biden in the delegate count and suspending his campaign in early April.

He endorsed Biden soon after ending his campaign and has since sought to boost the former vice president among progressive voters who may be reluctant to cast their ballots for a more moderate Democrat.

Sanders acknowledged his differences with Biden on Friday. But he said that unity among competing political factions — progressives, moderates and even conservatives — is necessary to stave off President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE’s reelection. 

“What you’re seeing now is what I would call a united front of people of many different points of view,” Sanders told Noah. “You have some honest conservatives who are saying 'you know what, I’m a conservative, but we gotta get rid of this guy because he is just not what America is supposed to be about.' And you’re working with progressives. So this is what coalition politics is about.”