The fight for the democratic nomination now focuses on Bernie Sanders. President is the title he seeks, and the road there starts to twist. Witness Phase 2 for Bernie Sanders. President of the United States of America, how good it sounds. And Sanders is now defining himself more. He wants to prevent another President Clinton.
Bernie Sanders has again sought to differentiate himself. His campaign is shifting. Over the weekend, he made a stop in New Hampshire at a senior center in Manchester. He took the opportunity, before 20 seniors and the media, to address Clinton by name. Something that has been rare in his campaign until now. He again tore into Clinton’s integrity, showing how she wavers and wobbles over issues.
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He told the seniors his views on social security and the great contrast with Clinton, who has been noncommittal in her remarks. Sanders stated he will expand social security. Clinton made no such promise.
And Sanders didn’t wait long before bringing the heat to Clinton. Just minutes into the event he tried to draw a contrast between himself and the former first lady, a sign of the increasing pace of the contest to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate.
Bernie is trying to win undecided Democratic voters. Whether the new campaign emphasis can give him the push he needs to secure the nomination will depend on if he can impress the public, along with other democrats who have been inching away from Clinton.
Bernie Sanders is a senator from Vermont and has the distinction of being the longest serving independent member of congress. He joined the Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Iowa about a week ago, a huge political event, and blasted Clinton’s record, showing that he was more progressive. He also drew contrasts between himself and the former President Clinton, saying that both Hillary and Bill are trying to rewrite history to make themselves seem more forward-looking than they ever really were.
In perhaps one of his fiercer moments, he drew similarities between his campaign and that of President Obama. As ABC reports, Bernie Sanders made himself out to be an underdog winner, similar to the current president’s 2008 campaign.
“We are going to prove the experts wrong because we are going to win this campaign. And by the way, just to remember, about eight years ago — all of the political experts talked about how another Democratic candidate for president just could not win. He was unelectable. Remember that guy? Oh, it is President Obama. Well, Iowa, I think we are going to prove the pundits wrong again. I believe we’re going to make history one more time.”
Along with the fresh approach, Sanders has also launched his first campaign ad. The ad will be funded by $2 million for promotion over the next 10 days, and give voters a look at the background of the congressman.
There are currently three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. In addition to Clinton and Sanders, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is hoping to get the backing of his party. He also joined the two others in Iowa and got a little boost in profile. Though O’Malley is far behind the top two, according to Bloomberg, if Clinton gets prosecuted and Sanders gets a backlash for his socialist views, O’Malley could become more prominent as the primaries progress.
With space freed up for all Democratic candidates after Vice President Joe Biden revealed he was not joining the presidential race, we could see a big breakaway via Bernie Sanders. President Obama may have met his successor, and maybe Sanders will have even more of a chance if he can assure people he’s not as much a socialist as he makes out to be.
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