Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden vowed to keep Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as House speaker if he wins the Democratic nomination.
“If Democrats nominate me, I believe we can beat Donald Trump, keep Nancy Pelosi in the House of Representatives as speaker and take back the Senate,” Biden told cheering supporters in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 3.
Biden tells Democrats across the country that if they nominate him, he believes that they can beat Trump, keep Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, and take back the Senate. #SCprimary2020 pic.twitter.com/h00PXNNU5C
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 1, 2020
After trailing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) with poor performances in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, Biden regained the spotlight following his victory in South Carolina and the decision by 2020 rivals to bow out and endorse him.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) dropped out of the race on Monday, a day after former South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg quit the presidential race. Both ex-candidates endorsed Biden.
Additionally, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and former national security adviser and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice endorsed Biden on Monday as well.
President Donald Trump tweeted a “coup” was being waged against Sanders as the endorsements for Biden came on the eve of Super Tuesday when two candidates competed for more than a third of the delegates needed to secure the nomination.
Democrats are working hard to destroy the name and reputation of Crazy Bernie Sanders, and take the nomination away from him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2020
Sanders has recently surged to front-runner status. Last week, Pelosi said she would be comfortable with the Vermont senator, a longtime independent and self-proclaimed democratic socialist, as the Democratic presidential nominee in general election.
However, A.B. Stoddard, associate editor and columnist at RealClearPolitics, shrugged off Pelosi’s claim, reporting that Democratic party leaders “at the highest levels” are seeking ways to stop Sanders from being nominated.
“The establishment is in full-fledged official panic,” said Stoddard on “Liberty File with Judge Andrew Napolitano.”
“This idea that the Democrats embrace Bernie is a fiction,” she added. “They have to say it in public … but they’re going to do a two-step right now when they’re asked about this, despite their efforts behind closed doors to make a plan to slow his momentum.”