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Bernie Sanders expected to announce presidential run

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  • Center Left
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    Bernie Sanders is expected to announce that he is running for President on Thursday.

    I like Bernie Sanders a lot. Far more than Hilary. I think he has a stronger platform and better ideas. But I am worried about his age. At 73 years old, it could be a rough job for him.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Zach:


    I also like Bernie Sanders a lot - but I also like Elizabeth Warren.

    However ..

    Ronald Reagan was a few months short of 70 when he took office , so Bernie is certainly too old for a run, even though he has some great ideas .

    Elizabeth Warren is also a great candidate, but I think that all of us would be better served if she stayed in the Senate, and continue to "ruffle some feathers" rather than running for a higher position .
  • Center Left
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    I don't think she has announced that she is running yet, though.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Barney's got a lot of spunk for his age though doesn't he? I'm not worried about his age so much as concerned about his elect-ability as President due to the conservatives that hate gays and never, ever look beyond a person's sexual preference to see the excellent candidates for what they can contribute to our country as it's leader.

    I like Barney better than Hillary too; but, I wish Elizabeth Warren would run! Now there's one Dem that's got it all together and could get votes from every type of voter.
  • Liberal
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    I'd love to see President Bernie but he has absolutely NO chance of ever becoming President! The "S" word precludes that, just as no avowed Athiest has a chance. Capitalism and Jesus is what defines "American exceptualism" unfortunatelySad
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    one would vote for sanders.
  • Liberal
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    An excellent essay on the failure of the American way in Alternet this morning
    www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/david-simon-my-country-horror-show
  • Independent
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    pr Wrote: I'd love to see President Bernie but he has absolutely NO chance of ever becoming President! The "S" word precludes that, just as no avowed Athiest has a chance. Capitalism and Jesus is what defines "American exceptualism" unfortunatelySad
    PR yes you are right the GOP will do everything to give this guy a heart atttack; Capitalism as well Jesus makes this the most corrupt country in the world as well the biggest warmongers. The words socialism or communism are totally forbidden; while no one thinks that a happy mixture of capitalism mixed with some socialism may be an ideal combination. China is already a bit that way and therefore will become the next worldpower; if it is n't already
    By the way you and I are in the 70's and not nuts yet; so why can't this guy run?.
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    She hasn't completely ruled out that she wouldn't run either. Although I like Bernie ,I would like see O'Mally put his name into the mix, as well as Warran's.
  • Center Left
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    While I don't think Bernie will be able to win the nomination, I think that him being a voice in the race will be extremely healthy for the Democratic Party.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    johnnycee Wrote: She hasn't completely ruled out that she wouldn't run either. Although I like Bernie ,I would like see O'Mally put his name into the mix, as well as Warran's.
    I don't mean to give you too hard of a time, but did you know that Bernie Sanders is an avowed, card carrying socialist? And Martin O'Mally and Senator Warren are populists whose policy positions are the exact opposite of your oft stated views.

    You may like Governors Steve Beshear or Jay Nixon because they definitely hold views more in line with yours, although Steve Beshear did embrace Obamacare, so that might disqualify him in your eyes.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Zach F Wrote: While I don't think Bernie will be able to win the nomination, I think that him being a voice in the race will be extremely healthy for the Democratic Party.
    I love Bernie, but I also agree that he likely won't win the nomination. I'm just glad that someone else other than Clinton is jumping in the race. It is healthy for the party to have more than one voice talking to herself on a debate stage. And I hope that he will be able to shape the debate to get the Democratic Party to have a laser like focus on the plight of millions of Americans who have given up on our political system.
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Zach F Wrote: While I don't think Bernie will be able to win the nomination, I think that him being a voice in the race will be extremely healthy for the Democratic Party.
    I love Bernie, but I also agree that he likely won't win the nomination. I'm just glad that someone else other than Clinton is jumping in the race. It is healthy for the party to have more than one voice talking to herself on a debate stage. And I hope that he will be able to shape the debate to get the Democratic Party to have a laser like focus on the plight of millions of Americans who have given up on our political system.
    Jared; fully agree; I only hope that more of these smart Dem's candidates jump in. But I don't know who right now?
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch Wrote: Jared; fully agree; I only hope that more of these smart Dem's candidates jump in. But I don't know who right now?
    I love Senator Warren, but I think she understands that being President sucks and that real change can only come from the Legislative or Judicial branches. How awesome would it be to have her on the Supreme Court some day? That's where she could make some real change.

    There are plenty of intelligent Democrats who are more than qualified to be President. Jerry Brown is one of the best liberal politicians in this country and he is a hugely popular governor in Americas most populous state. Governor Mark Dayton is also one of my favorite politicians. He turned a purple state into a liberal utopia in just a few short years.

    On the Federal side--Senator Booker is going places. As are the Castro brothers (not the Cuban ones). And, my home state hero, Senator Ron Wyden. He's too wonky to ever be President, but I am honored to have two of the most liberal Senators in the country to hail from my state.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    I like both Warren and Sanders for what they stand for. But I also believe neither is electable. As much as I hate to say it, we need people that can compromise and put aside their beliefs. I've seen a bit of that with Bernie Sanders, but Warren strikes me as one that is less compromising. She would have a tough time as president because of her inflexibility. It can be seen as a positive for many, but also a negative. Could she stand the pressure of being castigated by the left (her tribe) the first time she compromised on an issue? It has happened to Barack Obama more than once.

    Yes the Senate is the best place for her...and Bernie Sanders. They can make waves without having to make the hard choices that would go against their tribes.

    Hillary remains the only choice.