A surprisingly large number of people have said that they would vote for the Democratic candidate in 2020 — no matter who wins in the primaries. Pundits appeared surprised at Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) success during the primaries. Given that there are even some who would vote for a pancaked toad in the middle of the road over Donald Trump, why should anyone be surprised that Sanders looks very good to Americans?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) noted that she would “be comfortable” with Sanders as the Democratic presidential candidate in November. She was in her closed-door meeting in the House basement room Wednesday morning.
When asked, The Washington Times reported that she simply answered “Yes.”
Some Democratic legislators do not want Sanders, because he operates outside of the box. The four-decades-long politician has always been an Independent, and he has described himself as a “Democratic socialist” similar to those in Scandinavian countries.
Faiz Shakir campaign manager from Sanders’ campaign noted that every time the senator does well, people raise the goalposts. Then, when they meet those goals, people raise the goalposts even higher. Yet, Sanders keeps doing well.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said he would be comfortable with the Vermont senator as his party’s nominee, too. Any chance he and Pelosi had talked?
Sanders said that the former leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro, had a good literacy program. Still, the senator noted that he does not exchange love letters with North Korea’s dictatorial leader Kim Jong Un. Then, Sanders added that he is not friends with Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin, referring in both instances to Donald Trump. Point taken.
The Senator responded:
‘Look, the bottom line is very simple. We have a lot of strong nominees. … I’m not supporting one over the other, but I think every one of them will beat President Trump.’
What many seem to miss is that Sanders tied for first place at the Iowa caucuses, and then he won outright in New Hampshire and then Nevada. At what point does the party recognize a real exciting winner?
Now that the South Carolina primary is on the horizon, Sanders’ popularity has seriously eaten into former Vice President Joe Biden’s significant lead. Biden was once considered the run-away winner in the bellwether state, given its large African American population.
Biden was close to the margin of error in the latest MNB News-Marist poll, carrying 27 percentage points as compared to Sanders’ 23 points position.
To beat Trump, Sanders said that he has to be an unconventional candidate. People recognize the Vermont senator is direct to the point of being blunt. He has a set of strongly-held beliefs, which involve fighting for Americans. Perhaps, it would be a fight between good and evil in November.
After Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) endorsed Biden Wednesday, the candidate could well gain some much-needed momentum. The South Carolina representative is highly regarding and the highest-ranking black legislator.
Two of Pelosi’s top lieutenants Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-NY) and House Democratic Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), have not selected a candidate. Yet, they appear confident that a progressive candidate such as Sanders would not cause any problem with the party’s majority in 2020. Jeffries said:
‘I’m aggressively neutral, because anybody who emerges would be better than the current occupant of 1600, Pennsylvania Avenue.’
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