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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Biden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal Former Sanders spokesperson: Progressives 'shouldn't lose sight' of struggling Americans during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) on Friday reaffirmed his commitment to electing Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits 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 NoahObama: Republican Party 'is the minority party in this country' Obama jokes about birther conspiracy: 'I was able to get away with' not being born in US 'The Daily Show's' Trevor Noah to host Grammy Awards 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 TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit 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.”