Bernie Sanders Takes A Big Step Towards Challenging Clinton for 2016 Democratic Nomination

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Sen. Bernie Sanders took another step towards running for the Democratic nomination in 2016 by hiring Democratic strategist Tad Devine to run his potential campaign.

The Washington Post reported,

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has spent months fishing for a strategist to guide his potential 2016 presidential campaign. On Monday, he hooked a big one: Tad Devine, one of the Democratic Party’s leading consultants and a former high-level campaign aide to Al Gore, John Kerry, and Michael Dukakis.

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Devine and Sanders, who first worked together on Sanders’s campaigns in the 1990s, have been huddling in recent weeks, mapping out how the brusque progressive senator could navigate a primary and present a formidable challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Over breakfast on Saturday in Los Angeles, Sanders said that he would center a possible campaign on the “collapse of the middle class” and “income and wealth inequality,” which he calls a “huge issue from a moral sense and a political sense.”

Sanders predicted a focus on those issues could animate some small-dollar Democratic donors and keep his campaign afloat and enable him to create “movement” behind him. “People are angry and frustrated and they want someone to speak to them,” he said. “Democrats cannot run away from the simple reality that you have a billionaire class in America that is enormously greedy.”

It makes the most sense for Sanders to run for the Democratic nomination. The current system is designed to shut out third party candidates. If Sen. Sanders ran as an Independent, he would have to fight to get on the ballot in many states. He would have to run a 50 state campaign, and he would not be invited to participate in the presidential debates.

As a Democrat, Sanders can run a more narrow campaign that will target the voters who are most likely to support him. The Vermont senator will able to run a smaller campaign that will focus on the early primary states. Sanders will also get to debate Hillary Clinton, and he will get national exposure for his campaign as a result of being the Clinton alternative.

The upside of a potential challenge to Hillary Clinton is that the Democratic frontrunner won’t be able to move too far to the center. Sanders will also force Clinton to discuss the issues that matter to Democrats, income inequality, the decline of the middle class, and job creation.

The fact that Bernie Sanders is moving closer to running in 2016 is great news for Democrats. It is looking like voters are going to have a choice in 2016, as the Democratic nomination isn’t going to be handed over uncontested.

36 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Takes A Big Step Towards Challenging Clinton for 2016 Democratic Nomination”

  1. If the Democratic Party wants to give away the presidency in 2016 then Sen. Sanders is the man to run.

  2. This is not me, and if I have someone else’s email, then someone else may have mine. Please fix it.

    Knock at my green castle and inquire for

    Reynardine

  3. I hope who he chose is better at running his campaign, the ones who are listed and who they helped were all losers.

  4. This article contains a glaring contradiction. It suggests that Sanders running as a Democrat would create a progressive “movement” behind him, but then it also says this: “As a Democrat, Sanders can run a more narrow campaign that will target the voters who are most likely to support him.”

    The latter is true. If Sanders runs as a Democrat it will be a narrow campaign targeting only Democrats who participate in the Democratic primary. That is not a “movement” and it sure as hell isn’t the “political revolution” Sanders speaks of.

    For a movement and political revolution, the only option is to run outside of the Democratic Party with nominations from preexisting progressive third parties.

  5. I would prefer a President Bernie Sanders over President Hilary Clinton! But this would be a long shot, Hilary has the financial backing….

  6. On Monday, he hooked a big one: Tad Devine, one of the Democratic Party’s leading consultants and a former high-level campaign aide to Al Gore, John Kerry, and Michael Dukakis.
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    Well he has no chance and I will let you figure it out

  7. I agree TerryLF, especially when the NYT came out with this little nugget. How many dems. jump on this bus?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/11/us/politics/republicans-vow-to-fight-epa-and-approve-keystone-pipeline.html?_r=0

    Its time to harvest the field, all dems. aren’t dems.. Hillary better take note. I refuse to go back to the Cheney/Bush yrs. & I will support the democrat who not afraid to stand up and say, NO.

    We can’t be afraid to call out these senators/house members. It was Manchin decision as gov. to sued & won against the EPA weaken regulation, that lead to that big spill in river that contaminated the water. I’ll not interest in ‘let get along to get along’. http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/10/06/06greenwire-wva-sues-obama-epa-over-mining-coal-regulation-48964.html

  8. That is, unless people actually get out and vote. Only about 30% of Americans participated in the midterm election. Studies show that nonvoters tend to be more liberal than voters (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-mcelwee/why-turning-out-the-vote-_b_6056028.html). If we can get the nonvoting majority to the polls in May of 2016, Sanders could easily win the nomination; and if we can get them to the polls in November 2016, Sanders could easily win the presidency. Of course, it would also require naysayers like you to overcome your concerns about “electability” and vote for the candidate that actually represents liberal values. [WINK]

  9. Tani, Manchin in West Virginia will probably lose in his next reelection campaign for the mere fact he has a D beside his name! That state just turned red inside out. Which is ironic since half of them are on some form government assistance! Maybe the plan there is to starve them, deprive and them of education! Since Byrd died, no funds will be flowing in to that state! The only thing flowing is pollution from all their chemical spills and coal fired plants plus one of the highest cancer rates in the nation.

  10. So Sanders hired a consultant who served as a campaign aide for Kerry, Gore and Dukakis, the only three Democratic candidates who have lost the presidency in the last thirty years. Seriously, Bernie? What are you thinking? Why not hire, I don’t know, someone who worked on Clinton’s or Obama’s campaigns?! I understand that you’re trying to save money, but why hire the guy who is 0 for 3? That’s like asking to lose.

  11. Bernie can win if he runs a campagn that inspires and motivates both Demicrates and republicans. Most Americans only want 2 things…
    1. Great paying jobs, with benifits
    2. The ablity to do what they want inside their home.

    The Agenda to make this happen is
    T.N.T.

    T.arriffs (bring 10 million jobs back)
    N. ew Living wage ($18 hour)
    T. axes on the corporations

    If follows this easy and simple campaign , he will win.

  12. Yes, he did. But he also ran a campaign bad enough to win with a margin of error small enough for Bush to steal the election. I mean, if you can’t beat George W. , then you’re doing something wrong. In fact, both Gore and Kerry made it possible for W. to steal the election! Now that I think about it, all of these guys lost to a Bush. And now Jeb is considering running. What is going on here?

  13. Or he could mobilize the nonvoting majority to register as Democrats, vote for him in the primary, then vote for him in the general election. Studies show that nonvoters tend to be more liberal than voters (huffingtonpost.com/sean-mcelwee/why-t…). If we can get the nonvoting majority to the polls in May of 2016, Sanders could easily win the nomination; and if we can get them to the polls in November 2016, Sanders could easily win the presidency. The author is correct to point out how difficult it would be for Sanders to run as a third party candidate. The real challenge is getting the nonvoting majority to vote for him. He would have a much easier time doing that if he ran as a Democrat.

  14. I had the same thought about campaign strategists… Steal a good one from the Obama camp that kicked Hillary’s ass the first time and got Obama elected TWICE. There is still plenty of time to do that, and those guys are gonna be looking for work before 2016 rolls around….

    And Michael above could not be more wrong about “building a movement” and doing it WITHIN the Democratic Party, which features a 76 member Progressive Caucus in the House, who would support Sanders in a heartbeat. Michael’s argument also ignores two very important facts: A. the Tea Party took over the GOP in TWO YEARS utilizing Koch dollars and a collection of utter morons. and B. Progressives can do it too, because the “Issues Polling” shows that well over 60% of the nation is to the left of the Dem Party apparatus on the prevailing issues. Money talks.. if the unions& progressives ONLY donate directly to Progressives, you would be surprised at how quickly the Party becomes “Populist”.

  15. It did not help the Democrats to have Ralph Nader siphoning off votes in both 2000 and 2004. My fear is that Bernie Sanders will try a third party bid and repeat the damage done by Nader. If Bernie Sanders wants to be a Democrat, that’s fine. He should join the party.

  16. I’m hoping Bernie will go all out for the popular vote, and hire kick ass speech writers instead. I won’t vote democrat for another Clinton, but Bernie has some good populist rhetoric going IMO.

  17. I share those same concerns. Bernie appears on the Thom Hartmann Program usually during the first hour of the show on Fridays. This segment is a national town hall, and you can call in and talk to Bernie. Everyone who shares the same concerns should call in to the show when Bernie is on and let him know he should hire someone else.
    http://www.thomhartmann.com/

  18. “Tad Devine, one of the Democratic Party’s leading consultants and a former high-level campaign aide to Al Gore, John Kerry, and Michael Dukakis.”

    What do those three men have in common?

  19. Sure. Leave a position of power for a bully pulpit. Abandon us to the tender mercies of the turtle.

    This isn’t ‘survivor’ or ‘american Idol.’ you dolts deserve the slavery you’re yelping for.

  20. A big obstacle for Bernie will be Hillary loyalists who felt entitled back then and still do. I think he could bring over a great number of Obama supporters on a really progressive agenda. In my opinion Bernie and Paul Krugman were the only people in the media, digital and print that read the tea leaves correctly on issues that affected the outcome of these midterms. Almost everyone else got it wrong.(the above criticism excludes Politicus).

  21. I am not being partisan when I say that I like Hillary Rodham-Clinton and Bernie Sanders both, but I didn’t think Mr. Sanders was running for president. I admire him as Vermont’s liberal Senator, self-efacing and truth telling. I’ve always envied VT their Senator, even if I like most of Pennsylvania’s Senators, even including their Republican ones!

  22. Bernie denied hiring anyone. He said it on TV last night (11 Nov.). And look at the three candidates this particular campaign manager handled previously. They all lost!

  23. Honestly – I love Bernie and wish him a sweep.

    A straight Republican sweep of all might get us change faster, and protesting, streets filled with active democratic participants, who stay engaged.

  24. Actually two of those won and the third was screwed by Lee Atwater and the Willie Horton ad that Atwater asked forgiveness for when he was dying. Kerry got swiftboated and Karl Rove stole Ohio, and if he hadn’t killed Mike Connell, we all would know now. And we know the Gore situation was given away by Rendquists conservative SCOTUS, so the guy has street creds, just got cheated all three times.

  25. I believe there is a good chance Bernie could get the dem nomination. That would be a certain gop victory. Or if he ran as an independent. He is to far left for a center right country. People are finally waking up to liberal politics. Look at how everything is falling apart for obama

  26. Hey dumbass I know being homeschooled and still sucking your mommas teat makes you ignorant but I am here to help
    We’ve now had 63 straight months of economic expansion.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2014/09/05/obama-outperforms-reagan-on-jobs-growth-and-investing/

    We are currently enjoying the longest period of private sector job creation in American history.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/09/15/obamas-claim-that-businesses-are-in-the-longest-uninterrupted-stretch-of-job-creation/

    Unemployment has dropped from 10.1% in October of 2009 to 6.1% and projected to reach 5.4% by summer of 2015.
    http://politicususa.wpengine.com/2014/09/05/jobs-report.html

    But Obama is destroying the country. You are a grade A IDIOT

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