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Former Obama advisor claims Bernie Sanders should be taken seriously

By Fabrice Pierre-Toussaint

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According to Newsweek, Dan Pfeiffer, former senior adviser for President Obama and co-host of Pod Save America stated that Senator Bernie Sanders should be taken seriously as a  contender to receive the Democratic nomination, after a recent jump in national and early-state polls. Saying that he has very good chances in the states with early primaries and caucuses. In his own words, “He has a very good shot of winning Iowa, a very good shot of winning New Hampshire, and other than Joe Biden, the best shot of winning Nevada. He could build a real head of steam heading into South Carolina and Super Tuesday.” A Tuesday early in the primaries where the most states hold primaries and caucuses. That falls on March 3, 2020, with Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia holding primaries.

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Pfeiffer worked as a strategy and communications senior advisor to President Barack Obama during his second term. He has worked for the Obama-Biden transition team after Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election. Before being appointed senior advisor, Pfeiffer served as White House communications director. In June 2018, he published his first book Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump. His next book, Un-Trumping America, will be released in February 2020.

Politico reported on Thursday “For months the Vermont senator was written off by Democratic Party insiders as a candidate with a committed but ultimately narrow base who was too far left to win the primary. But in the past few weeks, something has changed. In private conversations and on social media, Democratic officials, political operatives, and pundits are reconsidering Sanders’ chances.” David Brock, a long time ally of Hillary Clinton and Democratic operative who earlier this year talked about launching an anti-Sanders campaign nonetheless stated that both former Vice-President Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders turned out to have been more resilient than previously thought of.

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Sanders is in second place in national polls, approximately 9 percentage points behind Biden, according to the most recent polls. He is second in Iowa and first in New Hampshire. While Bernie’s supporters complain relentlessly that he has received less attention from the media than other candidates, he has also avoided sustaining criticism that some of his rivals have suffered. Many moderate Democrats still dismiss Sanders’ views. They believe his so-called ceiling remains intact and that Warren will depress any room for growth he might otherwise have. He continues to raise significant amount of money for his campaign, more than $25 million in the last fundraising quarter, his most successful of the 2020 campaign. The talk about his potential Cabinet members and the executive orders he would sign regarding immigration reforms and even on climate change. The idea of Vice-President Warren even seems appealing to most. Predictions are harduous as the more moderate Democrats could switch to Republicans to obstruct his ideals. He will be met with strong resistance.

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