Dems fear consequences of Sanders at top of ticket – Fox 44 (AP)

As Bernie Sanders of Burlington pursues the pinnacle of political power denied his lifelong hero, labor organizer and perennial presidential candidate Eugene Debs, some Democrats are wondering if 1) he really is a Democrat and 2) if he’s the candidate to beat Donald Trump.

““I’m a proud capitalist,” said freshman Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, in pointed contrast with Sanders. McAdams, who is supporting former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and whose Salt Lake City district will be among the toughest for Democrats to defend, said having a liberal like Sanders atop his party’s ticket “would probably give me more opportunities to show my independence” from the party.

Another freshman from a competitive district, Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., said Democrats need a presidential nominee who “doesn’t scare all those future former Republicans more than Trump scares them.” And while acknowledging that Republicans plan to tar all Democrats with the socialist label, ”There’s one candidate for whom that would not be a lie.”



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