On ABC’s This Week, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) suggested that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) isn’t a real presidential candidate by saying that Hillary Clinton isn’t facing a “real” primary challenge.
Transcript via ABC’s This Week:
KARL: You said not long ago that people don’t want an anointed leader in America. They don’t want someone whose part of a monarchy or legacy. You were talking about Hillary Clinton. But doesn’t that apply to Jeb Bush, too?
WALKER: Well, I mean I think it’s really the context. I hope people, I hope Republicans, I hope independents and even some discerning Democrats will see that we’re striking a stark contrast with Hillary Clinton. You know, we’re a new fresh face taking on someone from the past.
KARL: But you have to run in the Republican primary first. Jeb Bush, this would be the third Bush. You’re talking about a monarchy, a legacy. Doesn’t that apply to Jeb?
WALKER: Well, I think it’s one of those where in a Republican primary people want to see how you’re going to step and contrast yourself from Hillary Clinton. And the fact is she’s not going through a primary, or at least not a real primary. She’s not going to be highly contested out there, I think is a disadvantage not just for the Democrats, it’s a disadvantage for the American people.
According to national polling, Bernie Sanders is more popular with Democratic voters than Scott Walker is with Republicans. It is interesting that Walker isn’t a declared candidate yet he feels like enough of an expert to judge the Democratic primary. The fact is that Sanders is a stronger candidate, in terms of popular support than anyone not named Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders should not be penalized because of former Sec. of State Clinton’s popularity.
The fact is that every Republican candidate would give their right arm to be in Hillary Clinton’s shoes. Hillary Clinton is being challenged by a popular populist candidate. Bernie Sanders doesn’t have the Koch brothers supporting his campaign. Sanders has ordinary Americans volunteering and financially supporting his bid.
Sanders is more of a candidate than Scott Walker. Bernie Sanders is legit, and Scott Walker’s attempt to weaken the perception of Hillary Clinton’s strength by diminishing her main opponent spoke volumes about the weakness of Walker and the rest of the 2016 Republican field.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is for real, and he is also more popular than Scott Walker.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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