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Anonymous Sanders Allies Fret Elizabeth Warren 2020 Candidacy in The Hill

Democrats closely aligned with Sanders are worried that, given their similarities, Warren could negatively impact Sanders’ 2020 campaign.

By NTK Staff | 08.01.2018 @1:00pm
Anonymous Sanders Allies Fret Elizabeth Warren 2020 Candidacy in The Hill

If anonymous sources in a new report from The Hill’s Amie Parnes are to be believed, former staffers and allies of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are nervous about the potential candidacy of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the 2020 White House race.

The piece, published Wednesday, is filled with anonymous quotes from Sanders “allies,” who question whether, given the two candidates’ similarities, there’s room for both to run in Democrats’ next presidential primary.

Both are heroes to the left, and represent the progressive side of Democratic politics that clearly has momentum within the party.

They have complimented one another and joined forces on common causes, most recently last week on legislation that would provide debt relief to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.

“They align on almost every issue,” one Sanders ally said. “That’s not an accident.”

Another source, who worked on Sanders’ 2016 campaign, said there’s a “built-in rivalry” between Sanders and Warren, and claimed there is “unspoken tension” between the two as a result of Warren staying neutral in the 2016 Democratic primary between Sanders and eventual nominee Hillary Clinton.

Another ally was more direct about the fact that Sanders has a structural advantage over Warren:

“Bernie feels he did run and did enormously well and he’s earned the right to run again,” said the Sanders associate, who put it on Warren to determine whether she wanted to take on Sanders.

“She’s got to figure out if there’s room for the two of them. He’s the one who was there, has an organization, still has his following and he’s still getting huge crowds wherever he goes,” the associate added.

And still another anonymous source said that Warren running against Sanders “could enable a third person to do much better” than either of them.

There’s still plenty of time to fret about 2020, but all signs right now point to both senators jumping in the race next year.

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