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Debating The Democratic Nominee: Pearson, Shumlin On Sanders Vs. Biden

A photo collage of Vermont State Sen Chris Pearson, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Pearson: Tony Talbot. Shumlin: Alex Brandon Monsivais. Biden and Sanders: Paul Sancya.
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State Sen.Chris Pearson, left, supports Sen. Bernie Sanders as the Democratic nominee for preisdent. Former Gov. Peter Shumlin, right, supports former Vice President Joe Biden. The Vermont lawmakers debate the candidates' merits on "Vermont Edition."

State Sen. Chris Pearson is a staunch supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. Three-term Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin favors former Vice President Joe Biden as the party's nominee for the White House. Thursday on Vermont Edition, the past Progressive caucus leader and the former governor debate the Democratic nominee for president.

Sanders vowed Wednesday to continue his campaign despite disappointing results in the "Big Tuesday" Primary.

With the primary now down to just Sanders and Biden, we hear arguments about which candidate is the strongest to lead the party and to run against President Trump. 

Our guests are:

  • Former Gov. Peter Shumlin, making the case for nominee Joe Biden
  • Sen. Chris Pearson, a Progressive/Democrat arguing in favor of Bernie Sanders

Disclosure: VPR initially had Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman booked for this show to debate in favor of Sen. Sanders. Given his candidacy for governor, VPR decided his appearance on the show could be perceived as giving his campaign a platform not enjoyed by opposing candidates, and Sen. Pearson appeared instead.

Broadcast live on Thursday, Mar. 12, 2020 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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