Even as Joe Biden solidifies his lead in the Democratic primary race, he’s been putting together a coalition of sorts. He’s been endorsed by a double digit number of his former opponents, including Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Mike Bloomberg, and Kamala Harris. Now Biden is taking another step toward unity.
Joe Biden is confirming today that he’s decided to adopt Elizabeth Warren’s bankruptcy reform plan. Why is this important? There are two things at play here. First, Biden has a debate tomorrow night with Bernie Sanders. This move gives Sanders the opportunity to claim victory (even though it’s Warren’s plan), giving Sanders an easier off-ramp for endorsing Biden and dropping out.
Even if Sanders refuses to budge, this opens the door for Elizabeth Warren to endorse Joe Biden soon. Warren presumably wants to wait until Sanders is out of the way. But at the rate Biden is racking up delegates and opening up blowout leads in upcoming states, Sanders will be out of the running after this Tuesday, whether he drops out or not.
Notably, Julián Castro’s communications director Sawyer Hackett responded positively to Joe Biden’s news today, tweeting “This is huge … Biden endorsing it is a big deal.” Castro is firmly on team Warren. We could be looking at Castro and Warren endorsing Biden soon. Stay tuned.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report