‘If we can run a race against a person that’s an out-of-the-closet socialist and promoting socialist ideas, it’s a great contrast for us…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) As the 2020 election kicks into full gear, many Republicans hope that Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will be the Democratic front-runner.
If Sanders, who advocates for socialist policies like Medicare for All, ends up on top of the other Democratic candidates, President Donald Trump will easily sweep the 2020 election, Republicans argue.
Sanders is currently trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in the polls, but some top Republicans said that the senator’s quick rise to the top shows he has a legitimate shot at winning.
“A lot of people think that in that crowded field, he could break out,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-SD, said. “If we can run a race against a person that’s an out-of-the-closet socialist and promoting socialist ideas, it’s a great contrast for us.”
Sanders said Republicans are underestimating the power of his policies, and that the reason they’ve made him a target is because they don’t have a forward-thinking agenda of their own.
“I would suggest they underestimate me at their own peril, and I hope they do,” Sanders told Politico. “So they have to figure out some boogeyman that they think they can run against.”
Trump has already started to campaign against socialism and sweeping expansions of government programs, but it’s easier to make the case against Sanders than it is against Biden, who—despite his ties to the Obama administration—is regarded as one of the more centrist Democrats in the field.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, cautioned Republicans to be careful what they wish for.
Even if the GOP fights his socialist agenda, the Sanders phenomenon is real, Cruz said.
“It is entirely possible that the American people would vote for an avowed socialist,” Cruz said. “We are a closely divided country. If Bernie were the nominee, he could win.”