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Sanders Withdraws from Presidential Race

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  • Sanders Withdraws from Presidential Race

    It's a long way to November...

    The 2020 general election has begun — kind of.

    With the withdrawal on Wednesday of Senator Bernie Sanders from the Democratic race, Joseph R. Biden Jr. and President Trump have no remaining opponents but each other. The two men have already drawn clear battle lines for the campaign, framing the election as a choice between Mr. Biden’s sturdily traditional conception of American presidential leadership and Mr. Trump’s proudly divisive approach.

    Yet the actual activities of the campaign remain largely on hold, frozen by the coronavirus outbreak that has brought most other aspects of the country’s public life to a standstill. For the foreseeable future, the pandemic has overtaken all other issues in the campaign and may well turn the election into a one-issue debate over Mr. Trump’s record in the crisis.

    Far from taking a triumphant victory lap that might have greatly amplified his message, Mr. Biden remains largely confined to his home in Wilmington, Del., addressing voters on television and over internet live streams, and receiving frequent briefings from policy experts on the pervasive disease and its economic toll. If Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders are to share the stage at a rally for party unity at some point, it is entirely unclear when that might even be possible in a long period of statewide lockdowns and social distancing.
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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