Since his staff announced last week that he is reassessing his campaign, Bernie Sanders has not yet definitively said whether he is still running.
But he’s given every indication he’s pressing forward — and perhaps remaining in the presidential race for months to come.
Despite Joe Biden’s nearly insurmountable delegate lead, the Sanders campaign said he plans to participate in an April debate, if one happens. His team has held volunteer organizing calls in the past week in New York and Pennsylvania, which are planning to hold their primaries perhaps as late as June. And his campaign is also touting that it is ramping up staff in New York, which a senior aide said is “a sign that he is still in.”
Sanders, who hasn’t aired ads or fundraised since losing badly in the March 17 primaries, could still very well call things off. But one thing is certain: He’s not acting like a candidate who’s finished with the primary.
“Bernie has every reason to stay in,” said James Zogby, a Democratic National Committee member who has spoken with Sanders in recent weeks and urged him to continue running. “He has a role to play in policies of course, but also continuing to be the glue that holds the progressive movement together.”
Sanders has returned to doing cable TV interviews for the first time since March 17, when he lost in Arizona, Florida and Illinois, and his campaign continues to engage in the delegate selection process in the states.