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After former vice president Joe Biden swept another big primary night, this time to have amassed enough delegates for many party leaders to anoint him as the presumptive nominee, a well-known Democrat advised Biden to quickly reach out to the supporters of losing candidate Bernie Sanders.
Biden won the big primary state of Michigan, as well as primaries in several other states, enough to gotten over the top in terms of being able to obtain the nomination this summer at the party convention in Milwaukee.
However, Biden would do well to reach out quickly to the supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who appears to be coming up short in his second run for the nomination.
“I think this is a very dangerous moment in the Democratic Party. You have an insurgency about to be defeated. What do you do with the people you defeat?” asked Van Jones, a longtime Democratic activist who also worked in the Obama administration. “There is the hope of a lot of young people they had a champion. Young people that graduate with a quarter million of debt and a lot of pain and they had a champion. They thought they were gag to be able to surround the divided establishment and move forward. But the establishment united and stopped them.
“Now what do you do? The last time Bernie Sanders got beaten, there was an assumption that people were going to fall in line and vote against Donald Trump. There wasn’t enough concern and care of [Sanders’s] base,” Jones added. “I think there will be a lot of relief on the part of the establishment. But turn to those people [Sanders’s supporters] and say, ‘We want to be your future.’ Don’t do that, you’re going to have a pyrric victory.”
Specifically, Biden should pivot to the general election and reach out to young people in particular, Jones said.
“Joe has done an excellent job of making it seem like he relates to young people in those situations,” he said. “So he or his surrogates have to make that case, very, very quickly that he’ll be their candidate.”
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