A longtime political analyst says Democrats have created a conundrum: Bernie Sanders must be denied the nomination but what do they do with his supporters?
Heading into Nevada's caucuses on February 22, and the South Carolina primary a week later, the Democratic Party has a Bernie Sanders problem. The Vermont senator and self-proclaimed socialist is now the frontrunner, edging Joe Biden in numerous polls, but many Democrats are worried Sanders will lose to Trump and also cost the party control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Dr. Charles Dunn, professor emeritus of government at Clemson University, says the party has another problem: What do you with Sanders’ supporters?
“It’s as though [Democrats] can't win without him but they can't win with him,” Dunn observes. “If they alienate the Sanders supporters, they're likely going to lose. But if they go with Sanders, they're likely to lose.”
According to RealClearPolitics, a compilation of five polls shows Sanders leading Biden 23 percent to 19 percent nationally, with billionaire Mike Bloomberg trailing third at 14 percent. Only one of the five polls show Sanders trailing Biden.
According to Sandy Rios, a longtime conservative activist who hosts a radio show for American Family Radio, Sanders is a "radical socialist" but also a unique one: He is open about his plans.
"He talks about how he will raise taxes. He will abolish private health care insurances," Rios says. "He's very honest, and I actually think that's part of his appeal to young people."
Dunn says all of the Democratic candidates lack one important thing: appeal.
“They have no one that appeals across the board that can appeal to South Carolina, to New Hampshire, to Nevada, to Iowa..." he says. “Until they get a candidate who has breadth of appeal, they will lose in November."
Editor's Note: American Family Radio is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.
This story has been updated with comments from Sandy Rios.
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