Press Release: Progressive Democrats of America Calls on Bernie Sanders to Stay in the Race
The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Changed the World in a Matter of Weeks; and
America Needs a Progressive Leader like FDR in the 1930s
In a statement released today on their website, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) calls upon Senator Bernie Sanders to continue his presidential campaign until the end of the 2020 primary season.
Titled “Stay in the Race Bernie Sanders. America Needs You Now More than Ever” the article begins:
We understand that many Democrats are calling for Bernie to drop out. They say that Joe Biden is so far ahead that the time has come for party unity, for focusing on Donald Trump. While we agree about the necessity of defeating Donald Trump, we arrive at an opposite conclusion: The Democratic Party, and all Americans, will benefit from Bernie continuing his campaign in this historic moment.
The severity of the COVID-19 national emergency has changed everything in this election year. Coronavirus has revealed, with tragic consequences, the failings of our public health institutions and economic safety net – in ways that Bernie Sanders has been warning against for decades. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Bernie’s platform directly addresses these failings; in marked contrast to his rival’s. As many observers have noted, with each passing day the COVID-19 pandemic is proving the wisdom of the Sanders agenda.”
In the statement, PDA Executive Director Alan Minsky calls for the Democratic Party to endorse Medicare for All in light of the failings of the U.S. health care system during the crisis. He also outlines how Sanders can still win the nomination once primary voters understand that his program is perfectly suited to this crisis-moment, just like FDR’s New Deal was for the Great Depression.
Progressive Democrats of America was the first national organization to call upon Bernie Sanders to run for President as a Democrat. PDA launched the “Run Bernie Run” campaign to draft the Senator to run in 2014.