Bernie Sanders joins Hillary Clinton and Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson as the only White House contenders with details from the Secret Service.
The Hill reports that it’s not known yet what Sanders’ code name will be.
Fox News’ White House correspondent Ed Henry tweeted the news:
Breaking: @SenSanders getting Secret Service protection
— Ed Henry (@edhenry) January 30, 2016
Although it’s not clear what prompted the move, Sanders is a serious contender with a lot of grassroots support. Earlier this month, a bullet hole was discovered in a storefront window at the Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters in northwest Las Vegas the same day the Democratic presidential candidate was on site.
For months, numerous petitions circulated asking that Sanders be given a Secret Service detail.
Although it’s not known if the bullet was intended as a direct or veiled threat, Sanders continued on with his day of media interviews, making little to no reference to the incident.
Vets for Bernie notes:
Federal law authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to issue Secret Service protection for Presidential candidates and their spouses.
According to the Secret Service website, in order to qualify as a candidate and qualify for protection, an individual must:
Be publicly announced
Have some degree of prominence as shown by opinion polls
Be actively campaigning and entered in at least 10 state primaries
Be seeking the nomination of a qualified party
Have qualified for matching funds in the amount of at least $100,000
Have received contributions totaling $10 million
Both Carson and Trump requested protection last year amid their heated presidential campaigns, and Clinton retained her detail from her time as First Lady, according to the Hill.
Trump’s code name is “mogul,” referring to his status as a billionaire hotel magnate, while Carson’s is “Eli,” in reference to the Biblical prophet.
Clinton goes by “Evergreen.” President Obama’s codename is Renegade. Michelle Obama is known as “Renaissance;” daughters Malia and Sasha are “Radiance” and “Rosebud,” respectively.
We think Bernie Sanders’ codename should be “Awesome” not that anyone is asking for our input.
A lot hinges on Bernie Sanders winning Iowa. A candidate has never won the the nomination without winning either Iowa or New Hampshire since Bill Clinton in 1992. And, no candidate – Democrat or Republican – has lost the nomination after winning both Iowa and New Hampshire since Ed Muskie in 1972.
What we do know is that a Democrat must win if this country is to progress. We’ll take Evergreen or Awesome over Mogul or Eli.
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