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    Can Sanders move to the center?

    Once he gets the nomination which I think he will, can he move to the center like many candidates of the past have done and seriously Trump a run for his money? That worries me.

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    Re: Can Sanders move to the center?

    I think that would be hard for him because he does not believe or support the "center."
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    Re: Can Sanders move to the center?

    I doubt that is in his character tbh
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    Re: Can Sanders move to the center?

    I really don't think he'll shift much at all. He's whole thing is about creating a movement. It isn't a regular campaign.

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    Re: Can Sanders move to the center?

    I see a difference between Trump's populism and Bernie's populism too, Trump talked about the unfair trade deals over the years, Bernie talks about free stuff for all. They may both be populists, but they are different types.

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    Re: Can Sanders move to the center?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPeanut View Post
    I really don't think he'll shift much at all. He's whole thing is about creating a movement. It isn't a regular campaign.
    That's true, but it all depends. Is Trump hated enough to make the very left of center candidate appealing to the moderate Dem and possibly the independent voters? It is a gamble, and Bernie has to decide what is more important, staying true to his convictions or give a little to win the election.
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    Re: Can Sanders move to the center?

    He won't want to, but like all Presidents he will eventually pivot to the center.
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    Re: Can Sanders move to the center?

    Quote Originally Posted by bradt99 View Post
    Once he gets the nomination which I think he will, can he move to the center like many candidates of the past have done and seriously Trump a run for his money? That worries me.
    He won't get the nomination but of he did it would be no problem for him. He has voted with the establishment for 30 years. He does his big protests votes when it doesn't matter but he has never once been the deciding vote killing a piece of democratic supported legislation nor in passing a republican supported piece of legislation.

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    Re: Can Sanders move to the center?

    Old view: move to the center to win (for either side)! This was a comment Nixon made as I recall, 'run to the right in the primary, and the center in the general'.

    A bit more updated view: in a time of plutocracy, run faux populism (Republicans, Bill Clinton, Obama) or real populism (Bernie) to win. Bernie isn't running against a 'centrist', he's running against the most corrupt president in history, who has been exposed as a right-wing fraud lying about his faux populism. Bernie needs to bring Democrats out more than he needs to move to the center.

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    Re: Can Sanders move to the center?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    He won't want to, but like all Presidents he will eventually pivot to the center.
    No, he won't. He might have to compromise as president to pass the best thing he can, but that doesn't mean he isn't fighting for the right thing.

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