Bernie Sanders Should Not Run in 2020

Dylan Yonce, News & Op Ed Editor

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I will be the first to admit that when Bernie Sanders ran in the Democratic Primary in 2016, I was one of the first people at his rally, in the first row, and yelling ‘feel the bern’ at the top of my lungs.  Now, as Bernie announces a 2020 bid for President, however, I am nothing short of disappointed.

The democrats are already presented with a slew of primary candidates for 2020 with Sanders being the oldest.  If he was elected, he would be 80 by the time he took office, and with I would argue, the most grueling job in the world, Sanders would age even more quickly from the Oval Office.  I even worry about Joe Biden running, who is only two years younger than Bernie.

Sanders is also an extremely polarizing character.  At a time when political polarization has hit an all time high due to different agendas, and Trump’s horrible rhetoric, I hardly think that the democrats should even consider introducing someone more polarizing in 2020.  In fact, many of Sanders bills in the Senate or votes on other bills and appointments get shot down by about 98 votes. If 98 out of the 100 Senators meant to represent all of our states vote against him, why would the populace support him?  They wouldn’t.

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In an election as important as 2020, where we need to vote Trump out of office, having a democratic candidate that is moderate will help pull Trump’s base to the moderate left in the election.  People that voted for Trump in 2016 are looking for another option in 2020, but I assure you that they would vote for Trump before Bernie. Sherrod Brown, for example, is a democratic senator from Ohio, a politically divided state.  The other senator from Ohio is a republican, but Brown still gets broad support from blue collar workers and other lean republican voters in Ohio state elections.

Trump is setting the democrats up for a big win in 2020, just like he did in the 2018 midterms, and we should be taking advantage of that, instead of ruining our chances with far leftist candidates like Bernie Sanders.