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Joe Biden won Sunday’s presidential debate against Bernie Sanders and promised to choose a woman as running mate Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 26, 2021

Former American Vice President Joe Biden won Sunday’s Democratic Party presidential debate in Washington D.C., according to our analyses, and promised to pick a woman as his running mate if nominated.

Biden and Bernie Sanders squared off in the nation’s capital for their first one-on-one presidential debate for two hours that were largely dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, followed by climate change and the economy.

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Senator Bernie Sanders did not perform badly but he failed to score the major upset he came into the debate looking for. He even struggled to come up with concrete solutions on how to tackle the raging coronavirus crisis.

Mr. Biden appeared particularly strong in the first hour of the debate, especially when it came to crisis management in the era of coronavirus pandemic. He also showed more empathy than Sanders.

At one point in his closing remarks, the former Vice President cited the example of someone he knows who has been sitting down the window outside unable to talk to their relative who was being treated for coronavirus.

Such specific examples and his demeanor throughout the debate, in addition to the promise he would pick a woman as well as support and campaign for his opponent if he did not win the nomination made Biden appear strong, calm, empathetic and above all as a leader who could unite the party and heal the country.

Senator Sanders came into the debate hoping to score a major upset, his last chance at closing the delegate gap separating both candidates.

Instead, his attempt to draw a clear contrast between him and Biden did not appear to be strong enough for him to trigger a dramatic change in the race.

It is our projection that with tonight’s debate, Joe Biden will continue to win more states and may likely emerge as the Democratic Party nominee after next Tuesday and confront President Donald Trump in November.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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