Fox News reports, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is planning to take part in the next Democratic presidential debate against rival Joe Biden despite the Chinese virus outbreak. Fox News confirmed that Sanders will plan on attending any debate next month- if one occurs.
“If there is a debate in April, he plans to be there,” a campaign spokesperson said.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) initially slated at least one debate in April though a date was never officially scheduled.
Sanders is now one of just two candidates still left in the Democratic field. Former Vice President Joe Biden has widened his lead in the delegate count, handily beating the progressive senator in numerous states.
Biden has lead a 300-delegate lead over Sanders with 1,214 out of the 1,911 needed to clinch the nomination.
Just last week, before most of the country went into coronavirus lockdown, Sanders’ campaign said he would “assess” his bid for the White House after another round of primary losses. There has been mounting pressure from the Democratic establishment for Sanders to get out of the race so that the party can coalesce around the presumptive nominee.
According to The Daily Wire, Sanders says he has been busy in session, hammering out a bipartisan coronavirus relief deal in the Senate. Last week, though, as the Senate voted on the initial legislative relief package, Sanders was busy hosting an online townhall with members of the “squad,” including Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), not voting on the bill.
The next primary is Sunday, March 29, where the two candidates will battle over 51 delegates in Puerto Rico.