Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders made headlines recently with his bold prediction President Joe Biden would win a “landslide” victory in the 2024 election.
But Sanders—appearing on CNN’s State of the Union—argued such a victory would only be possible if the President and Democrats were “stronger on working-class issues.”
He urged Biden and his party to take a more populist approach and to focus on issues that affect working-class Americans, such as healthcare, income inequality and the power of big corporations. He emphasized the need to take on “the greed of the insurance companies, the drug companies, Wall Street, all the big money interests” and to start delivering for working-class people.
According to Sanders, if Biden and the Democrats take this approach, they can win in a "landslide" victory in 2024. This is particularly important given Biden’s age, which some critics have suggested makes him unfit for another term in office.
Sanders, who is one year older than Biden, acknowledged age, experience and record are all important factors in considering a candidate. However, he argued what matters most is where a candidate stands on the issues and whose side they are on.
You can hear what Sanders said in the video below.
“We live in a nation where you have a major political party, the Republican Party, where many- not all, but many of their leadership doesn’t even believe in democracy, they maintain the myth that Trump won the last election. They’re trying to keep people from voting. They’re trying to deny women the right to control their own bodies."
“If you believe in democracy, you want to see more people vote, not fewer people vote, I think the choice is pretty clear. And that choice is Biden."
Sanders added should Biden and Democrats “take on the greed of the insurance companies, drug companies, Wall Street, all the big money interests, and start delivering for working class people," Biden "is going to win in a landslide.”
Many concurred with Sanders' assessment and affirmed their support for Biden.
Sanders acknowledge he and the President have "strong differences of opinion."
Nevertheless, he argued that the choice in the 2024 election was clear, particularly given the dangerous actions of the Republican Party. Many Republicans continue to falsely maintain that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 election, and are actively seeking to suppress votes and deny women control over their own bodies.
Sanders' prediction may seem bold, but it reflects a growing sense among Democrats that the party needs to take a bolder, more populist approach if it wants to win future elections.