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Trump sees Sanders as Democratic front-runner

BY BRETT SAMUELS

 

President Trump on Wednesday said he thinks Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has emerged as the front-runner in the Democratic presidential nominating contest. 

"People like his message. He’s got energy, his people have energy," Trump said. "But they like his message, but a lot of people don’t like that particular message.

"Whoever it is, we’ll take them on," he added. "But it would certainly seem that Bernie Sanders has the advantage right now."

Trump made the remark a day after the Vermont senator won the New Hampshire primary. Some Democrats fear Sanders, an independent who identifies as a democratic socialist, could be a weak general election candidate, and some believe Trump as a result may prefer him to win the Democratic nomination. 

Trump, who has mocked Sanders with the nickname of "Crazy Bernie," said Tuesday afternoon that he would rather face former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg in a general election than the senator, "because Sanders has real followers."

Pundits have drawn comparisons between Trump's 2016 campaign and Sanders's campaign in terms of the energy of their supporters and appeal to working-class voters. Trump filled the Southern New Hampshire University Arena on Monday night, while Sanders attracted thousands to his own event an hour away.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/482817-trump-sees-sanders-as-democratic-frontrunner

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Because of Small Donations, Sanders 'Out-Raised Literally Everyone Else in the Field' in 2019

by Eoin Higgins, staff writer on Monday, December 30, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders got some good news Monday as his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination approached 5 million donations and, at an average of $18, looked set to end 2019 head and shoulders above his competitors for total money raised over the year. 

"Bernie Sanders demolished all of the other candidates," tweeted activist and Sanders surrogate Shaun King. "It's not even close."

The numbers came from New York Times reporting on the Democratic field's fundraising for the end of the year. The Sanders campaign reported raising $26 million in the fourth quarter, putting the Vermont senator firmly in the top tier of candidates in the 2020 primary.  

As the Times explained:

 

Mr. Sanders is expected to remain a financial pacesetter in the 2020 contest. He has about 1.6 million individual donations this quarter alone and is nearing a goal of five million total contributions. With an average donation of $18 for the year, and slightly less than that now, the numbers suggest he has already raised about $26 million in the fourth quarter—more than any Democratic candidate has raised in any quarter this year.

According to Times reporter Shane Goldmacher, extrapolating on the data in a Twitter thread, Sanders is on track to raise roughly $87.5 million by the end of 2019. 

"His campaign said today he's at 4.865 million donations for the year, with a previous disclosed average donation of $18," tweeted Goldmacher. "That means he's raised ~$87.5 million for the year."

The campaign is hoping to hit 5 million donations by the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, telling supporters in an email that they can donate as little as $2.70 to help the senator reach the mark.

"Our movement has all the momentum right now," the campaign said in an email. "And reaching our goal of 5 million donations will ensure we continue to hold onto our momentum as we approach the Iowa caucus."

That Sanders was able to raise at least $87.5 million without Super PACs, bundlers, and other forms of big money donations favored by rivals like former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, said HuffPost senior reporter Zach Carter, is an indication the senator is defying expectations and conventional wisdom.

"He out-raised literally everyone else in the field," said Carter.

The Sanders campaign on Monday released health information for the 78-year-old senator, showing him to be in excellent shape for his age.

"At this point, I see no reason he cannot continue campaigning without limitation and, should he be elected, I am confident he has the mental and physical stamina to fully undertake the rigors of the presidency," Dr. Martin M. LeWinter, Sanders' personal cardiologist, said in a statement.

Monday's fundraising news came as Sanders supporters made #PresidentSanders the top trending hashtag in the U.S., tweeting their hopes for the accomplishments of the senator's future presidency. 

"It can happen," tweeted filmmaker and Sanders supporter Adam McKay. "An actual President not owned by banks, oil or billionaires. A President not motivated by lining his own pockets. Free healthcare, a living wage, taxes on billionaires and corps, clean air and water... #PresidentSanders."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/30/because-small-donations-sanders-out-raised-literally-everyone-else-field-2019

 

 

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BERNIE SANDERS 'BEST' ON HEALTH CARE, THE ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND IMMIGRATION IN NEW 2020 POLL

By Andrew Whalen On 11/05/19 at 5:18 PM EST

 

A new poll finds that, among 1,115 adult respondents living in the United States, 2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders is "the best" on several particular issues, including healthcare, the environment, immigration, the economy and jobs.

Conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Reuters between November 1-4, the poll asked respondents to "select the candidate from the list below you think is best on that particular issue," with Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O'Rourke and Cory Booker available as selections. Among independents and self-identified Democrats (these questions were not asked of Republican respondents), Bernie Sanders was the preferred candidate in every policy category, which included "immigration," "health care," "the environment" and "the economy and jobs."

Sixteen percent of respondents agreed Bernie Sanders was the "best on" immigration issues, followed by Joe Biden with 13 percent and Elizabeth Warren with 10 percent. The same ranking of the top three candidates was similar when it came to the economy and jobs, but wider divisions between candidate preference were evident in other policy areas.

Sanders was the clear preference when it came to health care, at 24 percent—a reflection of the central role a single-payer "Medicare for All" plan has played in his campaign—with Warren at 15 and Biden at 14. Sanders was also substantially ahead when it came to environmental issues, such as the New Green Deal, polling at 20 percentage points to Biden's 12 and Warren's 11.

The poll found similar plurality support for Sanders' policy positions when narrowed to only self-identified Democrats, with Sanders demonstrating a substantial lead in healthcare and the environment, but tied with Joe Biden for the top spot when it comes to the economy and immigration.


Although Sanders was a clear preference among possible Democratic primary voters on a number of policies, the democratic socialist candidate ranked second overall, with 15 percent saying they would vote for Sanders were the primary held today, compared to 22 percent for Biden and 11 percent for Warren.


A possible explanation can be found in several of other polling questions, which focused around more subjective metrics, like the concept of "electability" against President Donald Trump. Though they may prefer Sanders on the issues, 29 percent of respondents in the new poll said Biden is "most likely to beat Trump in the general election," with Sanders coming in a distant second at 16 percentage points.

Biden eked out a more narrow advantage when respondents were asked which candidate would best "unify the Democratic primary," with 19 percent, compared to Sanders' 16.

Primary voters named a variety of reasons for supporting their preferred candidate, including whether they would "make a good president" and "have the right ideas or policies." But this latest poll suggests even widespread agreement on the candidate with the best policies doesn't necessarily equate to an overall polling lead.

The 2020 Democratic primary will begin determining a candidate, advancing beyond the polling face-off, when the Iowa Democratic caucuses take place on Monday, February 3, 2020.
 

https://www.newsweek.com/2020-democratic-primary-bernie-sanders-polls-policies-democratic-socialism-1469949

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33 minutes ago, sibghat_99 said:

What are the chances of the DNC rigging it against Sanders again like they did back in 2016?

They already are trying hard but there is just way too much momentum in Sander's favour . Look up the Iowa caucus app fiasco and whispers in the air of Tom Perez bringing back superdelegates on the first ballot.

Bernie threatens the livelihood of establishment Democrats and mainstream media who are funded by bribes from corporations. They are throwing everything at him hoping something sticks. A few instances provided below.

This guy will alter the course of global politics where the US might actually become a force of good. For example, he threatens to cut aid to Israel and give it to Palestinians and has a 13 trillion dollar climate action plan.

 

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Sanders blasts Israeli and Saudi rulers as 'racists' and 'thugs'

Date of publication: 19 February, 2020

The progressive presidential candidate lambasted MBS and Netanyahu, issuing a rallying cry for a more just foreign policy and pledging to mediate the divides in the Middle East.

Bernie Sanders took aim at Middle East heavyweights during a town hall meeting

on Tuesday, issuing a take-down of the Saudi and Israeli leadership while vowing to implement a more just foreign policy in the region.

The Democratic frontrunner for the presidential nomination and flag-bearer for the party's progressive wing, said the US had to stop "being really cozy" with "billionaire dictator" Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's crown prince and de facto leader.

"For years, we have loved Saudi Arabia - our wonderful ally; the only problem is the people who run that country are murderous thugs," Sanders said in Tuesday's meeting, televised on CNN.

The long-time Vermont senator said that instead, the US should be a mediating force in the region.

"We can bring the Saudis and the Iranians together, tell them that we're sick and tired as a nation [of] spending trillions of dollars on endless wars," Sanders said. "They're going to have to get their act together. And we have the resources to help bring that about."

He said he would tell those countries to "get their act together" because the US is "sick and tired [of] spending trillions of dollars on endless wars".

Sanders, who has come first and close second in the first two Democratic primary votes, also lambasted Israel's leadership and reiterated his calls for the US to be more supportive of Palestinians while maintaining Israeli security and independence.

"To be for the Israeli people and to be for peace in the Middle East does not mean that we have to support right wing racist governments that currently exist in Israel," he said. "And let me tell you this also, and I feel strongly about it, as somebody who's Jewish, and knowing how much our people have suffered over the years."

Sanders pointed to the 70 percent unemployment rate and blockade in the Gaza Strip, saying that the US "[has] the wealth" to bring Israelis and Palestinians together and negotiate a more just situation.

"It cannot just simply be a one that we're just pro Israel and we ignore the needs of the Palestinian people," he added.

Sanders won New Hampshire's high-stakes Democratic primary last week, leaving rivals including party stalwart Joe Biden in his wake as he staked his claim to challenge President Donald Trump in November.

Sanders, the, claimed 25.7 percent of votes in the northeastern state, where he previously beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Indiana ex-mayor Pete Buttigieg netted the second largest vote share with 24.4 percent.

In his victory speech, he called his win "the beginning of the end for Donald Trump".

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/2/19/sanders-blasts-israeli-and-saudi-rulers-as-racists-thugs

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Sanders wins backing of top Muslim political group

Wa'el Alzayat, CEO of Emgage Action, said Sanders is popular among Muslim voters because of his health care plan, criminal justice proposals and environmental policy.

By HOLLY OTTERBEIN

02/20/2020 06:01 AM EST

Emgage PAC, which calls itself the biggest Muslim political action committee in the country, is throwing its weight behind Bernie Sanders.

The organization, which has chapters and affiliates in 11 states, is the latest in a series of high-profile Muslim groups and elected officials to endorse the Vermont senator.

Wa'el Alzayat, CEO of Emgage Action, said Sanders is popular among Muslim voters because of his health care plan, criminal justice proposals and environmental policy. He also noted his international affairs platform and record of supporting Palestinian rights.

“More than any other presidential candidate, Sen. Sanders has built a historically inclusive and forward-thinking movement: one that represents America as a set of ideas grounded in the belief that all humans are equal and worthy of a dignified life,” he said. “Our endorsement is intended to galvanize Muslim Americans at the polls to ensure that our voices are heard.”

An informal survey of Emgage’s members and email list users found that nearly 75 percent said they support Sanders.

Sanders was one of only two 2020 candidates to attend a presidential candidate forum co-hosted by Emgage at the Islamic Society of North America's annual convention. That didn’t go unnoticed by Muslim leaders, who have argued that most of the 2020 contenders have all but neglected them.

"From where we’re sitting and what we’ve seen, it doesn’t seem that any major candidate has reached out in the same way,” Alzayat said.

Sanders’ relationship with Muslim voters contributed to his upset victory in Michigan in the 2016 presidential primary. This year, Sanders has won the support of Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first two Muslim women elected to the House.

“It is an honor to receive this endorsement from Emgage Action,” Sanders said in a statement. “While Donald Trump has demonized our Muslim communities, our movement is working to bring Muslims and people of all backgrounds into the political system. Together we will create an economy, justice system and immigration system that are rooted in human rights for all."

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/20/sanders-wins-backing-of-top-muslim-political-group-116284

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28 minutes ago, ssud11 said:

After Nevada, Sanders is the clear front runner. He will win super Tuesday for sure if he can close the gap enough is south carolina. 

Sanders' race is now against himself. He has to win the majority of delegates nationwide to prevent the convention from entering the second ballot (contested convention).

The only reason the 5 establishment hacks are still running is to divide the votes and force the convention into the second ballot in which the undemocratic 500 superdelegates will come into play to steal the nomination.

 

 

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