Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) the Democratic socialist has surged to front-runner status after winning New Hampshire and Nevada hands down, and tying for first in Iowa. This makes him the leading candidate for the Party’s nomination for president.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said one word when asked by a reporter if she is comfortable with having Sanders as a potential nominee. NBC News producer Alex Moe asked the House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, “Will you be OK if Bernie Sanders is the nominee?” Pelosi said, “Yes.”
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) February 26, 2020
After reporters questioned Pelosi on Wednesday, Feb. 26, NBC News’s Geoff Bennett tweeted, “Pelosi tells reporters that she is comfortable with Bernie Sanders as a potential nominee and doesn’t think he would jeopardize the House majority.”
NEW: Pelosi tells reporters that she is comfortable with Bernie Sanders as a potential nominee and doesn’t think he would jeopardize the House majority.
“I think whoever our nominee is, we will enthusiastically embrace and we will win the White House, the Senate and the House.”
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) February 26, 2020
Pelosi said, “I think whoever our nominee is, we will enthusiastically embrace. And we will win the White House, the Senate, and the House.”
Pelosi assured reporters she had no doubt they would win the majority.
Not everyone agreed with Pelosi on Sanders though, Rep. James Clyburn (the House Majority Whip) endorsed Joe Biden—three days out from South Carolina’s Feb. 29 Democratic primary.
“I want the public to know that I’m voting for Joe Biden,” Clyburn, the highest-ranking black congressional lawmaker said at a press conference in Charleston. “South Carolina should be voting for Joe Biden.”
Biden has a firm grasp of support from black voters. In South Carolina a third of the population is black.
“I know Joe. We know Joe,” an emotional Clyburn said. “But most importantly, Joe knows us.”
“As I stand before you today, I am fearful for the future of this country,” Clyburn said. “We don’t need to make this country great again. This country is great. That’s not what our challenge is. Our challenge is making the greatness of this country accessible and affordable for all.”
“For the record, President Trump’s 2020 campaign slogan is “KEEP America Great.” His 2016 slogan was “Make America Great Again.”
Clyburn warned last week that Sanders’s love of socialism will create problems, “I believe [the ‘socialist’ label] will be an extra burden for us to have to carry.” “That would be a real burden for us in these states or congressional districts that we need to do well in.”
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday suggested he would feel comfortable with Sanders at the top of the ticket.
“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,” he said, reports The Hill.