Senator Bernie Sanders touted the mainstreaming of his policies at a rally in New Hampshire.
Sanders bragged his policies that were considered radical a few years ago are now supported by many including his Democrat competitors running for president in 2020.
The Boston Herald reports:
Among a field of like-minded Democrats vying for a chance to unseat Trump in the 2020 election, Sanders is trying to win potential voters on the idea that he was the first to advocate for those progressive ideals.
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“Those ideas that we talked about four years ago that seemed so very radical at that time, well, today, virtually all of those ideas are supported by a majority of the American people and have overwhelming support from Democrats and independents,” Sanders told hundreds of rallygoers in the ballroom of a Concord hotel in his first return to the Granite State since announcing his second run. “They’re ideas that Democratic candidates all across the board are supporting.”
The Washington Post wrote about Sanders’ supporters and his rally speeches.
Unlike most of his Democratic opponents, who are trying to introduce themselves to voters on their own terms, Sanders makes attacking Trump a pillar of his stump speech. He said the president and “the billionaires” who support him “have had some success … dividing us up.” He said “kleptocracy and greed” have been animating principles for the administration. The senator predicted that these forces will spend hundreds of millions of dollars to stop him from winning the White House and to thwart his agenda. “They use that money to buy politicians,” he said. “Are you ready to get involved in that struggle? This is not just rhetoric.”
Despite his age, Sanders remains popular with young voters.
In fact, a new Harris Poll reports young Americans view socialism more favorably than capitalism.
61% of Americans aged between 18 and 24 have a positive reaction to the word “socialism” — beating out “capitalism” at 58%. Overall, 39% of Americans are well-disposed toward socialism, but the gulf remains wide for men and those aged over 55.
The poll also reported young Americans support government-run health care and free college tuition.
The rise of big government socialism type policies makes Sanders a real contender to be the Democrat nominee for president and a threat to establishment Democrats.