Former President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina, has a message for Democrats seeking to dethrone President Donald Trump in 2020: don’t nominate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Messina made the comments in an interview with Politico, published Sunday.
“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.”
“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.”
Team Obama has been sounding the alarm on Sanders for some time, apparently afraid that Democrats will squander an opportunity to defeat the sitting president by nominating a candidate popular with only a small — but vocal — segment of the population.
The former president himself told a group of Democratic donors late last year that he felt the Democratic party was making a mistake in embracing a far-left platform and tolerating Sanders as a serious candidate. (Read more from “Even Obama’s Former Campaign Manager Says Democrats Shouldn’t Nominate Bernie” HERE)