Socialist Endorses Senate Candidates
Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) re-entered the political fray by endorsing Katie McGinty (D-PA), Governor Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Ted Strickland (D-OH), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). Last night, it was also reported that Sanders will be campaigning with McGinty and Strickland after the Labor Day holiday.
While Sanders generated a significant amount of enthusiasm during his primary against Hillary Clinton, he only won one of the four battleground states these candidates are running in. That fact only adds to the significant cost McGinty, Hassan, Strickland, and Cortez Masto will pay for Sanders’ endorsement. They now are directly tied to a Socialist politician completely out-of-touch with their potential voters.
As Congressman Steve Israel pointed out earlier this year, it will be hard for these four candidates to “explain socialism” to the suburban swing voters they will be courting:
“’Hillary Clinton doesn’t have to explain socialism to suburban voters,’ said Representative Steve Israel of New York, the former head of the campaign arm for House Democrats, whose hardest-fought races this year include districts outside Philadelphia, Washington and Chicago.'”
During his unsuccessful presidential campaign, Sanders espoused uber-liberal policies on issues like health care, coal, taxes, and spending to name a few. These policies will not find a sympathetic hearing in the four purple states McGinty, Hassan, Strickland, and Cortez Masto are running in. They can rest assured though that each of these candidates will be forced to answer for their association with the Socialist Sanders.