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Bernie Sanders Lost Big In The 1st Presidential Debate

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Bradley Devlin General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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Despite not being on the stage of the first presidential debate held Sept. 29, avowed democratic socialist and Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lost big. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden minimized Sanders’ role in forming the Democratic Party platform. He also repeatedly dodged committing to a number of progressives’ biggest proposals, attempting to rebuff President Donald Trump’s characterizations of the Biden campaign as radical.

Sanders has arguably been as important in shaping the 2020 Democratic Party platform as he was in 2016, a race in which Sanders pushed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leftward, per Intelligencer. When it became clear that Biden would defeat Sanders after building momentum with a victory in South Carolina and a number of wins on Super Tuesday, the Sanders and Biden camps agreed to unify the party between its more progressive and moderate constituencies.