Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said they will be comfortable if Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) becomes the Democratic nominee to combat President Donald Trump in the presidential race in November.
Pelosi said, “Yes” to the question as she was leaving a closed-door meeting in the House basement on Wednesday morning, Feb. 26, The Hill reported.
A day earlier, Schumer also suggested he would be comfortable with Sanders as the Democratic Party’s nominee.
“The bottom line is very simple,” Schumer said on Tuesday. “We have a lot of strong nominees … I’m not supporting one over the other, but I think every one of them will beat President Trump.”
Sanders, a longtime independent and self-proclaimed democratic socialist, has been leading other Democratic rivals after he surged to front-runner status in the primary field following the votes in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada.
However, Sanders’s rivals argued that his liberal policy ideas, such as Medicare for All, which would replace private health insurance, would be an electoral catastrophe, costing the party the White House and control of Congress, according to the New York Post.
The Post also reported that some 26% of Democrats and independents polled by Reuters/Ipsos from Feb. 17 to 25 said Sanders was the strongest Democrat in a head-to-head matchup with President Trump, compared with 20% who picked billionaire Michael Bloomberg and 17% who chose Biden.
The South Carolina primary on Saturday will be the first major test of Sanders’s appeal among African American voters, who represent about 60% of that state’s Democratic electorate.
Three days later, 14 states will cast ballots on Super Tuesday, when Sanders could build an overwhelming advantage if he captures the lion’s share of the available trove of delegates.