- The Bernie Sanders campaign is on a roll right now, surpassing 4 million individual contributions in record time.
- Sanders is still plagued by a lack of support from establishment Democrats.
- Obama warned that idealistic views won’t win the election in a message seemingly targeted at Sanders and Warren.
This year’s Democrat primaries have already made history with one of the largest and most diverse groups of presidential hopefuls. While the pool of potential candidates has shrunken to include 18 contenders, most agree that the real contest boils down to four names: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Pete Buttigieg. Joe Biden has topped polls since the race began, and Elizabeth Warren has had a great deal of momentum in recent weeks; but Bernie Sanders could be the dems’ dark horse if he can convince the party to back his progressive policies.
In 2016, Bernie Sanders’ far left policies attracted a large following but weren’t enough to defeat establishment candidate Hillary Clinton. That was, in part, because leaders in the Democratic National Convention were pushing for Clinton’s nomination and made financial and strategic arrangements to help advance her candidacy.
This year, Sanders is back with similar idealistic promises including vows to wipe out student debt and fund government programs like universal healthcare via a sweeping estate tax on the ultra-rich. However, it appears that the Dems are starting to worry about Bernie Sanders as their potential candidate as the Vermont senator gains traction. This week, he announced that his campaign had more than 4 million individual contributions, a milestone no other campaign in history has surpassed this early on in the race.
Dems Aren’t Feeling the Bern
The threat of a Sanders win seems to have the DNC on pins and needles despite the fact that several polls show he’d be able to defeat Donald Trump. Fox News polls in Nevada, North Carolina, and…