The Democratic National Committee has no presidential debate scheduled for April, despite DNC Chair Tom Perez’s pledge to hold 12 at the start of campaign season. Frontrunner Joe Biden does not seem to mind.
“My focus is just dealing with this crisis right now,” Biden said Wednesday when asked about participating in another Democratic debate.
“I haven’t thought about any more debates. I think we’ve had enough debates. I think we should get on with this.”
The 2020 hopeful’s last remaining primary competitor, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), disagrees.
Sanders’ communications director Mike Casca said Tuesday, “Senator Sanders is still running for president. If there is a debate in April, he plans to be there.”
Casca’s comments were the clearest indication yet that the Democratic socialist wants to stay in the primary fight despite Biden’s insurmountable delegate lead.
After getting thumped by Biden in the last round of primaries, Sanders’ campaign manager said that the candidate would “assess” his path forward.
“The next primary contest is at least three weeks away,” campaign manager Faiz Shakir told The Post at the time, “Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign.”
“In the immediate term, however, he is focused on the government response to the coronavirus outbreak and ensuring we will take care of the working people and the most vulnerable,” he continued.
The campaign has not made any public decisions since.
In an email to supporters sent on Tuesday, however, Sanders’ campaign said that they were ramping up their organizing efforts ahead of New York’s Democratic primary on April 28.
Since the coronavirus outbreak has forced individuals nationwide into their homes, Biden has been broadcasting from his Wilmington, Delaware home in an effort to reach voters and shift to a general election strategy.
The former vice president’s livestreams have focused on his own plan for combating the pandemic.
Whether a 12th and final debate will occur remains to be seen.
Xochitl Hinojosa, one of the DNC’s lead debate organizers, said Wednesday that the party has not set a date or secured a broadcasting partner for a 12th debate.
“We are taking things day by day,” Hinojosa said, citing the rising uncertainty over coronavirus, which would make the logistics of organizing a debate safely more difficult.
With Post wires