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At a recent press conference, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) discussed with reporters his thoughts regarding the current Democratic candidates running for president, and cautioned Republicans to not underestimate the amount of support there may be for Bernie Sanders in the election.
With Sanders currently in the lead at 45 delegates, Republicans have been in high spirits believing if he is nominated, due to his ties to socialism and far-left policies, it would enable Donald Trump to maintain a GOP majority and lead him to certain victory. During the conference, McConnell paralleled the Republicans’ reactions to what had happened to Ronald Reagan in the past: “I’m reminded of when the Democrats back in 1980 were all pulling for Ronald Reagan to be the nominee because they thought he’d be the easiest to beat.” McConnell explained. “I think Republicans speculating about which Democratic candidate for president would be the easiest to beat may be a bit foolish.”
In 1980, despite Democrats beliefs that Reagan would be too far-fight to triumph over incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter in the general election, Reagan won by a landslide.
McConnell further remarked that “It’s going to be a contested general election with a lot of energy on both sides.”
When considering who he would like to be the Democratic candidate, he simply stated to reporters: “I will leave it up to the Democrats to pick who they’d like to be their candidate. If you look at what various candidates for president on the Democratic ticket are saying, it’s not a whole lot of difference between any of them.”
McConnell continued to describe them as all “very, very far to the left,” and added that “It looks like moderate Democrats are an endangered species.”
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