Obama’s Former ‘Fixer’ Says Trump ‘Really’ Wants To Run Against This 2020 Dem
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Former President Barack Obama's "fixer" and 2012 campaign manager has a major warning for Democrats in the upcoming presidential election.
In an interview with POLITICO, Jim Messina predicted that President Donald Trump "really" wanted to run against socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders.
He also warned that Democrats would struggle in a general election against Trump if Sanders is the nominee.
In an interview with POLITICO, Messina predicted Trump would exploit Sanders’ stamp of socialism in battleground states needed to defeat Trump, keep control of the House, and have a shot at winning the Senate.
“If I were a campaign manager for Donald Trump and I look at the field, I would very much want to run against Bernie Sanders,” Messina said.
“I think the contrast is the best. He can say, ‘I’m a business guy, the economy’s good and this guy’s a socialist.’ I think that contrast for Trump is likely one that he’d be excited about in a way that he wouldn’t be as excited about Biden or potentially Mayor Pete or some of the more Midwestern moderate candidates,” he added.
“From a general election perspective, socialism is not going to be what Democrats are going to want to defend,” Messina added. “If you’re the Democratic nominee for the Montana Senate race, you don’t want to spend the election talking about socialism.”
Messina is the latest Democrat to raise concerns about Sanders at the top of the ticket.
A second senior member of Obama’s campaign team echoed a similar warning, arguing Sanders would not be able to help Democrats in states like Arizona and North Carolina if they’re to defeat Trump.
“My concern about Sanders would be just how low his ceiling may be,” the adviser said, who asked not to be named in the Politico report.
“The argument Sanders would make is he can turn out tough-to-turn-out voters. While many are very progressive like the Sanders base, most aren’t, most aren’t connected to politics, they tend to be more moderate,” the adviser added. “I think it’s a falsehood that all the people not registering to turn out are looking for the most classically liberal candidates — that’s just not true.”
The Politico report adds:
Sanders surged starting in late October after recovering from a heart attack and receiving a pivotal endorsement from New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
For more than a week, Sanders has more directly attacked Joe Biden, the national top polling candidate, arguing the former vice president has too much “baggage” to win a general election. Sanders has argued the excitement behind his campaign and his steady dominance in grass-roots fundraising makes him the more electable candidate.
Republicans and Democrats do not agree on much these days, but they are uniting around the reality that voters will wholeheartedly reject a socialist on the 2020 ticket.