While several establishment Democrats are in “panic mode” over Bernie Sanders being the 2020 DNC nominee frontrunner, party leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer appear to be accepting the possibility it will become reality.
Pelosi has tried to warn Democrats to not veer too far left in the past, but appears to be reluctant to try to put her thumb too hard on the scale in the 2020 nominee race.
“As a left-wing San Francisco liberal I can say to these people: What are you thinking?” Pelosi said of the 2020 candidates in an interview with Bloomberg last November. “You can ask the left — they’re unhappy with me for not being a socialist.”
“Remember November,” Pelosi warned. “You must win the electoral college.”
The Hill reports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said she would be comfortable with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as the Democratic presidential nominee in November.
The congresswoman was asked the question as she was leaving a closed-door meeting in the House basement Wednesday morning.
She replied with one word: “Yes.”
Other congressional Democrats have balked at the idea of Sanders, a longtime independent and self-proclaimed democratic socialist, being the party’s nominee in the general election.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday also suggested that he would be comfortable with the Vermont senator as his party’s nominee.
“Look, the bottom line is very simple,” Schumer said Tuesday when asked about Sanders’s praise of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s literacy program.
“We have a lot of strong nominees. … I’m not supporting one over the other, but I think every one of them will beat President Trump,” he said.