Politics

Bernie’s Bid: Sanders reboots his campaign

Bernie's Bid

October 25, 2019

Sanders got his campaign back on track last weekend with a return to New York City and a boost in the polls. This week the Vermont senator publicly defended Rep. Tulsi Gabbard against allegations she is a Russian puppet.

Sanders says he is in it to win it 

  • “To put it bluntly, I am back,” Sanders told a crowd of over 25,000 in the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge.
  • Sanders struck a triumphant tone as he returned to the campaign trail after suffering a heart attack in early October.
  • Taking the stage to opening licks of ACDC’s “Back in Black”, Sanders delivered an hour-long, high-energy speech, that hit on central tenets of his campaign, including health care and wealth inequality.
  • The Vermont senator was accompanied by a star-studded supporting cast of progressive figures and a new endorsement from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who has become a firebrand of the far left.  
  • In September, Sen. Elizabeth Warren held a rally in Washington Square Park with a crowd that exceeded 20,000.

Bernie says claims that Gabbard is a Russian agent are ‘outrageous’ 

  • Sanders defended fellow Democratic candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, of Hawaii, against accusations made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the congresswoman is being “groomed” as a Russia-backed third-party option in the general election.
  • “People can disagree on issues, but it is outrageous for anyone to suggest that Tulsi is a foreign asset,” Sanders said in a statement.
  • Late last week, Clinton said Republicans would attempt to boost a third-party candidate to help Trump in key battleground states. She insinuated it would likely be Gabbard, who she accuses of being closely aligned with Russia. 
  • When a Clinton aide was asked if she was referring to Gabbard, he said: “If the nesting doll fits.” 
  • The Vermont senator is the only Democratic frontrunner to condemn Clinton’s comments.
  • Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson — all of whom are polling at or below 5% — have also stood up for Gabbard.

After a strong week, Sanders sees a slight uptick in the polls

  • Sanders, who has stagnated for weeks in national and statewide polls, saw his numbers increase slightly this week.
  • A national poll conducted by Emerson College put Sanders back into second place with 25%, yo-yoing with Warren, who moved back into third position with 21%. Biden still leads with 27% in that poll.
  • In a CNN poll, Sanders and Warren are neck and neck for second — Warren at 19% and Sanders just behind with 16%.
  • In an Iowa State University survey of the first in the nation caucus state, Warren has moved into first place (28%) with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg second (20%) and Sanders coming in third (18%). Biden meanwhile has slipped to 12% support which is good enough for fourth place.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ in his run for the White House. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

Other news

  • The Sanders campaign is targeting first time voters and people less likely to go to the polls: “It’s ambitious to expand the electorate, but that’s what Bernie has always done,” Jane Sanders told the Wall Street Journal.
  • The Vermont senator won the endorsement of Stacey Walker, the chair of the Linn County board of supervisors, in Iowa.
  • As president, Sanders says he will prosecute CEOs who have illegally monopolized a market under the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • In early 2018, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was not sold on the Vermont independent launching a second bid for president and found herself more aligned with Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Omar explains why she is backing Sanders in 2020.
  • Since Sanders’ Queens rally, some public housing advocates have complained the campaign did little to include residents of a neighboring housing project.
  • Sanders pledged this week to not prosecute whistleblowers under the Espionage Act, if he is elected to the White House. This practice has been commonplace under the last three presidents.
  • In an interview with the Atlantic, Sen. Mitt Romney said his colleagues in the Senate are all “really nice,” except for Sanders, who is a “curmudgeon.”
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement video of Sanders has been viewed millions of times on social media.
  • In the Vermont senator’s latest campaign adSanders takes aim at members of the media for writing off his presidential bid in the wake of his heart attack.

The rest of the field 

Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Eric Holder and Sherrod Brown are all open to being late entry candidates in the Democratic primary. Elizabeth Warren will run her first TV ad during the Oklahoma State-Iowa State game this Saturday. Kamala Harris would sue fossil fuel companies for misleading the public about climate change. Beto O’Rourke has said South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s comments about not needing “lessons” on courage from O’Rourke were “fair” and a good “debate line.” There are some Wall Street bankers who support Warren. Cory Booker trolls a Breitbart News reporter and makes a pitch on why he is the best candidate. Are predominantly white news rooms unfairly dismissing Harris?

In the polls 

Monmouth University poll of the South Carolina primary (October compared to July).

1. Joe Biden 33% (-6)
2. Elizabeth Warren 16% (+7)
3. Bernie Sanders 12% (+2)
4. Kamala Harris 6% (-6)
5. Tom Steyer 4% (+2)

A look ahead

Sanders Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., will hold a rally in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday. The campaign says Sanders and surrogates will discuss the economy, the environment and racial justice.

Tlaib, a member of the congressional group nicknamed “The Squad,” has yet not publicly said she endorses Sanders for president.

Dr. Kimmel checks the campaign’s heart beat

In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night, the late show host brandished a stethoscope and checked Sanders’ heart.

“After what happened the last time when we elected a president, we need to know that you even have a heart,” Kimmel said.

“I do and it’s functioning well,” Sanders responded.

Missing out on the latest scoop? Sign up here to get a weekly email with all of VTDigger's reporting on politics. And in case you can't get enough of the Statehouse, sign up for Final Reading for a rundown on the day's news in the Legislature.

 

I Appreciate VTDigger

Trusted, quality reporting about all aspects of my beloved home state, which I miss dearly.

Lesley Chevalier, Denver, CO


Kit Norton

Reader Footnotes

Please help move our stories forward with information we can use in future articles.

Readers must submit actual first and last names and email addresses in order for notes to be approved. We are no longer requiring readers to submit user names and passwords.

We have a limit of 1,000 characters. We moderate every reader note.

Notes about other readers’ points of view will not be accepted. We will only publish notes responding to the story.

For more information, please see our guidelines. Please go to our FAQ for the full policy.

About voting: If you see voting totals jump when you vote on comments, this indicates that other readers have been voting at the same time.
1000
6 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
6 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted
sandra bettis

Thank you for writing a positive article about Bernie – he deserves all of our support – even the ones who don’t realize it.

Laura Stone

The best thing for the state of Vermont might be for him to win.
Then the entire country will be picking over every single thing that has ever happened there in the state.
Sunlight is the best sanitizer.

Peter Yankowski

Bernie is absolutely right when he says calling Tulsi Gabbard a Russian agent is outrageous.

What makes this whole affaire even more bazar is that the Russian agent slur comes from Hillary Clinton, who has conned a lot of very smart people into investing about $2 billion in her so she could unsuccessfully run for President two times…..Now that’s even more outrageous.

But the outrageousness continues to grow as Hillary circles over the “gone to0 far left” Democrat primary like a vulture looking to be drafted for a third run for President. Now that’s beyond outrageous, its pure Clinton political chutzpa……….But hey, it’s Hillary and what else is to be expected?

Irene Stewart

Sanders has been out forcefully defending Tulsi Gabbard this week, against a comment made by Hillary Clinton. And today, it is reported that Tulsi is probably running as a third party candidate, buoyed by Wall Street Executives, and their contributions. You see, Tulsi met with 20 of them in NYC this week, as they want her to run as a spoiler, so that Trump will win a second term, and deny Elizabeth Warren, the Socialist Bernie Sanders the Presidency. Tulsi has been appearing on FOX nightly, with many uncomplimentary comments about Democrat candidates. Yes, that is Tulsi, the one that Sanders is so forcefully supporting against Clinton, who predicted this was in the works, and that Tulsi may just be a Russian asset.
In 2016 Sanders did nothing to support Hillary Clinton after HE lost the primaries. Donald Trump won the electoral college, only, as Hillary won 3 million more votes that Trump. Middle of the road Democrats are not supporting Sanders now, or if he is the nominee.

Bob Schwartz

Tulsi Gabbard is unique amongst the Democratic candidates in that she appears to actually like America and its people. She’s probably not going to ever call Republicans a bunch of deplorable, racist bitter clingers. She’s also not afraid to stand up to the corrupt DNC and media, or take positions that deviate from the approved agenda. She’s still too far left in many ways for my tastes, but her honesty and courage are a refreshing change from the liberal norm. If she ran as a 3rd party candidate, she’s just as likely to hurt Trump as she is the Democratic candidate.

JasonWilson

I’m more of a small gov’t type, personal responsibility, and libertarian of person. But there are some things Bernie gets right. We don’t always have “real” capitalism right now, we have “crony capitalism”. Plenty of bad actors on Wall St., Big Pharma companies, insurance companies, etc…. I agree with anti war foreign policy and not meddling in other countries. And there is WAY too much influence and corruption from corporate lobbying in the DC.

But I do not agree with Bernie on a lot of the identity politics stuff, race card stuff, open border stuff, etc.. And if you have “real” capitalism (not crony capitalism), it isn’t perfect, but its a heck of a lot better then the ultimate train wreck socialism, massive bureaucracies, and central planning would eventually be.

 

Recent Stories

Thanks for reporting an error with the story, "Bernie’s Bid: Sanders reboots his campaign"