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Bernie Sanders Could Win This Time

Written by Staff Writer

19825317331 ed9abd0295 mBernie Sanders Could Win This Time -Rove/Wall Street Journal
"Despite any suggestions to the contrary, Sen. Bernie Sanders's televised Fox News town hall last Monday did not come out of Bizarro World...Mr. Sanders waded into an hourlong conversation with Fox anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum before an audience in Bethlehem, Pa.

The pugnacious Vermont socialist was rewarded with around 2.6 million viewers - nearly twice as many as his February CNN town hall drew - making his appearance the most-watched election event so far this cycle....The senator from Vermont distinguished himself by focusing on his vision, not simply bashing the president. 'If we spend all of our time attacking Trump,' he said, 'Democrats are going to lose.'....Mr. Sanders's 2016 experience seems to have taught him how to smooth socialism's rough edges. 'Democratic socialism to me,' he told the crowd, 'is creating a government and an economy and a society which works for all,' not only the top 1%....He may describe socialism in benign terms, but he regularly drops his guard...For example, the senator said 'Medicare is a government-run program' but also claimed 'we are not talking about government-run health care' when discussing his Medicare for All proposal. He casually dismissed concerns about abolishing private health insurance for nearly 177 million Americans by suggesting that lots of people lose their insurance under the current system when 'they get fired or they quit and they go to another employer.' Now all of us can be so lucky....If he is the Democratic nominee, Mr. Trump's task will be to convince Americans that a socialist turn would be a ruinous change. Based on Monday's town hall, that won't be as easy as Republicans may think. Mr. Sanders is a real contender."