Senator Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign is in trouble. Media attention has almost disappeared for the Senator in recent weeks, becoming more focused on Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and the freshmen Democrats. So now is the time that Bernie needs attention and fast.
Recent polls are showing that support is decreasing for Sanders. According to Real Clear Politics, Bernie’s support is down from highs in the low to mid 20’s to a mere 12% in the most recent poll by the Economist. It’s a significant change from the support Sanders received in the 2016 election cycle.
Another poll from Saint Anslem College suggests Sanders support could be dropping even further. In New Hampshire, a state that is very close to Sanders home state of Vermont, he polls as just 10% landing him in 5th place behind Biden, Harris, Warren and Buttigieg. These latest polls combined with the fact that other recent findings show that socialism is not very exciting to American’s screams problems to the Sanders campaign.
Sanders attempted to garner some of that attention on Thursday attacking Joe Biden for recent criticisms about Medicare for All. In his criticisms, Bernie attempted to paint Joe Biden as similar to President Trump which is an interesting strategy. While “sleepy Joe” is sometimes known to have gaffes, painting him in the same light as President Trump, who Sanders has called a racist and liar.
The move by Sanders to go after President Trump and Joe Biden follows in the footsteps of Joe Biden, who recently went into attacks on President Trump. Sanders took the attacks one step further than simply attacking President Trump however, attempting to differentiate himself from the other Democratic candidates.
Sanders also attacked Kamala Harris and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper for their Medicare for All stance. Specifically, the Sanders campaign attacked Harris for her refusal to raise taxes to help pay for the Medicare for All program. Sanders has suggested that both payroll and income taxes to pay for the program, to the delight of American’s everywhere.
Warren and Harris seem to have gained the majority of Sanders support and he seems to be worried. His campaign is grasping for attention and I would expect that Sanders makes some sort of move during the days leading up to the next Democratic debates on July 30 and 31. Sanders is facing the same problem as Joe Biden, he appears old and out of touch. The excitement is gone from his campaign and he must do something fast before he’s in the bottom beside Beto O’Rourke.
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