Joe Biden is STILL firmly in 1st place among the Democratic field vying for the Presidential nomination…
Last election’s runner up is back in second place and getting media attention…
Suddenly, Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is being taken seriously.
For months the Vermont senator was written off by Democratic Party insiders as a candidate with a committed but ultimately narrow base who was too far left to win the primary. Elizabeth Warren had skyrocketed in the polls and seemed to be leaving him behind in the race to be progressive voters’ standard-bearer in 2020.
But in the past few weeks, something has changed. In private conversations and on social media, Democratic officials, political operatives and pundits are reconsidering Sanders’ chances.
“It may have been inevitable that eventually you would have two candidates representing each side of the ideological divide in the party. A lot of smart people I’ve talked to lately think there’s a very good chance those two end up being Biden and Sanders,” said David Brock, a longtime Hillary Clinton ally who founded a pro-Clinton super PAC in the 2016 campaign. “They’ve both proven to be very resilient.”….
A longtime aide to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said during an interview that aired on Thursday that the Vermont senator would continue to take on the political establishment if is elected president in 2020.
“This is something really important as we think about a Bernie Sanders presidency,” David Sirota, an adviser and speechwriter for Sanders’s 2020 campaign, told Hill.TV. “Bernie Sanders is under no illusion that if you defeat the establishment in an initial election that the establishment will simply melt away and go away.”
“Bernie Sanders, through his own experience, has understood and known how to deal with how to combat that establishment once you are in power,” he added.
Sirota, who previously worked for Sanders when the senator was a member of the House, pointed to Sanders’s time as the mayor of Burlington, Vt., from 1981-1989, saying the local establishment tried to stymie the then-mayor at every turn. In response, Sirota said Sanders backed a series of local candidates to try and win back some power for his agenda on the city council who opposed his efforts.
“When Bernie Sanders says I am going to go to other states, I am going to into districts of members of Congress who are opposing our agenda and I’m going to campaign for our agenda to put popular pressure on those members of Congress — that is the experience Bernie Sanders had as mayor and that he’s had really for his whole political career,” he said.
Sirota’s comments come just a week after Sanders, along with six other 2020 contenders, took the debate stage in Los Angeles. The event marked the sixth and final Democratic presidential debate of 2019.
A day after the debate, the Sanders campaign announced that it has raised more than $1 million. Sanders, a staunch progressive, has avoided wealthy donors and raked in $25 million in the year’s third quarter.
Though Sanders continues to be one of the primary field’s most effective fundraisers, he still trails former Vice President Joe Biden by a sizable margin in most national polls….