Former 2012 campaign manager for former President Barack Obama, Jim Messina, said on ABC’s “Powerhouse Politics” that he doesn’t think that Senator Bernie Sanders can beat President Trump in 2020.
Messina made it clear that he thought Sanders would be one of the “final two or three candidates” in the primaries because his team has, “over the last four years, in delegate meeting after delegate meeting, and DNC meeting after DNC meeting … got the rules changed in a way that really, really helps [Sanders].”
Jonathan Karl, the host of the ABC show, then asked Messina about where Sanders is in the Democratic Party and what his chances are against President Trump in 2020.
The Daily Wire reported, “that “61% of Democrats say the most important issue in the Democratic primary for president is who can beat Donald Trump.” This, according to Messina, is a point of contrast between the politicians and the average Democratic voter, who simply wants to know who can best win the 2020 election.”
Karl then asked: “Can Bernie Sanders beat Donald Trump?”
“No,” Messina quickly replied.
Check out what else he had to say:
I think if you look at swing voters in this country, they are incredibly focused on the economy. You and I have had this discussion before. The winner of the economic argument in the last five presidential elections with swing voters has won the presidency.
And I think, today, you look at it and say that Bernie Sanders is unlikely going to be able to stand up to the constant barrage that is Donald Trump on economic issues like that.
Now that said, you know, there are other folks, other friends of mine, who believe very differently and that believe that Senator Sanders can excite a new population of people and get new voters out.