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Time’s Up for Bernie? Calls Grow for Sanders to Skip 2020

He shook up the 2016 race more than anyone expected, but with a host of liberal candidates and growing concerns about sexual misconduct among his staff, some want Sanders to sit out 2020.

By NTK Staff | 01.15.2019 @9:56am
Time’s Up for Bernie? Calls Grow for Sanders to Skip 2020

It already feels like a foregone conclusion that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will again run for president, but a growing chorus of Democrats are urging the Vermont senator to sit out of the 2020 contest.

Sanders’ star rose in 2015 when a discontented Democratic Party was anxious for a viable alternative to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Sanders provided a more liberal alternative to Clinton, and primary voters rewarded him with nearly two dozen primary and caucus wins.

But 2020 is shaping up very differently for the self-described democratic socialist. By next week, at least four women are expected to be formally running for the Democratic nomination. And at 77 years old, there are younger candidates who can carry the far-left liberal torch this time around.

That’s exactly what some Democrats are saying:

“I don’t see a lot of lasting energy for Bernie,” said Markos Moulitsas, the founder and publisher of Daily Kos. “It’s different from last time when he was the alternative to an unfortunately flawed front-runner … Right now, the mantle of ‘progressive’ can be carried by any number of candidates.”

Sanders is also facing serious questions about how his 2016 campaign was managed, particularly questions about alleged sexual misconduct that took place among Sanders staffers. Sanders has twice apologized for reported incidents, but questions remain among the Democratic grassroots.

Still, Sanders is clearly staffing up for another run, and it seems highly unlikely that a few voices calling for him to stand down will achieve their goal. Sanders ran against some Democrats’ wishes in 2016, and 2020 is likely to be more of the same.

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