Expert: Sanders 'Not Necessarily Running as an Outsider' - NECN

Expert: Sanders 'Not Necessarily Running as an Outsider'

The senator spent his Tuesday in New Hampshire



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    During day two of campaigning in the Granite State, Bernie Sanders packed the auditorium at the New Hampshire Technical Institute for a town hall that begin with a bit of bragging.

    "Our campaign is the strongest campaign to defeat the worst president in the history of the United States," he said.

    Four years ago Sanders was just introducing himself to voters around the country. Despite being a longtime senator, he was considered the anti-establishment option. This time around, while his policies are the same, he is a different candidate in many ways.  

    "We are starting to see the real signs that Bernie’s campaign is more sophisticated than it was four years ago," political analyst Scott Spradling said.

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    Spradling says behind the scenes, Sanders has done much more work to reach out to Democratic leaders in every state including super delegates, members of Congress and big-name Democrats. That's the groundwork it will take to beat the current front runner Joe Biden. 

    "He’s not necessarily running as an outsider," Spradling said. "This is beginning to look more like an establishment campaign."

    Spradling says while Sanders is everywhere, Biden is running a very different kind of a race. 

    "His visits are more selective. He’s not necessarily taking the Q&A. The interactions with the public are more limited," he said.

    Sanders audience had mixed feelings about the two front runners.  

    "I think Bernie is a far stronger candidate than Joe Biden. I’m 100% for him. I think he is the one person who can beat Trump," Victoria Abbott of Sanbornton said.

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    He delivered a rebuttal to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's comments that "no one currently alive was responsible for that," which Coates called a "strange theory of governance." 

    "Well into this century the United States was still paying out pensions to the heirs of civil war soldiers," he said. "We honor treaties that date back some 200 years despite no one being alive who signed those treaties. Many of us would love to be taxed for the things we are solely and individually responsible for. But we are American citizens and this bound to a collective enterprise that extends beyond our individual and personal reach."

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    "I think I might go Biden just because he seems to be more centrist and more able to kind of get things done in Washington," Zachary Holmes of Exeter said.

    Whether Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden or anyone of the 22 other candidate feel Democrats will ultimately go with the candidate who will best beat Donald Trump. 

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