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Will Bernie Sanders Get Squeezed Out of 2020 By Other Liberals?

He was the far-left’s savior who fell short in 2016. Four years later, he might just find himself outflanked by a whole host of other liberal candidates.

By NTK Staff | 02.08.2019 @10:32am
Will Bernie Sanders Get Squeezed Out of 2020 By Other Liberals?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) could be “a victim of his own success,” if a new Bloomberg News report is accurate. The theory goes that Sanders, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2016, so dramatically shook up the Democratic Party during his previous presidential campaign that he may have hurt his chances of success in 2020.

To be sure, Sanders has a sizeable group of ardent backers who are prepared to go the distances for the self-described democratic socialist. And Sanders frequently appears near the top of nearly every 2020 Democrat presidential poll.

But age (Sanders is 77) and a trove of other far-left liberal candidates are just a couple factors that may result in the Vermont senator being squeezed out of the Democratic primary.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker became the latest Democrat to enter the race, joining California Senator Kamala Harris and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and [Elizabeth] Warren of Massachusetts have announced exploratory committees, and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is expected to announce her campaign plans on Sunday. A wider field of mayors, governors, business executives and members of Congress are also weighing runs.

Many of the candidates, particularly those in the Senate, have embraced many of the progressive ideas that set Sanders apart from Clinton in 2016. After Warren announced a proposal for a “wealth tax” on 2 percent on net worth above $50 million, as well as 3 percent on billionaires, Sanders proposed a dramatic expansion of the estate tax. Booker and Harris have bills to direct funds to lower income Americans.

Sanders has also encountered a series of scandals that did not plague his previous run for president. Staffers from his 2016 campaign have accused leadership of sexism and harassment. That’s turning off some voters in critical early states. A Vermont newspaper’s editorial board even begged Sanders not to run in 2020.

Still, none of that appear to be deterring Sanders. A report from The Atlantic on Friday indicated that Sanders is intent on running and believes his entry can “clear the field” of numerous challengers.

All signs seem to indicate that Sanders is prepared to once again run for president in 2020, and he will put these competing theories to the test.

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