Read Jonathan Chait’s recent New York Magazine aricle on Bernie Sanders’ electability prospects here
Ryan talks about Bloomberg’s commitment to beating Donald Trump, regardless of who the Democratic candidate is. Earlier this year Bloomberg pledged
to spend a lot of money and keep “a chunk” of his 500-person ground game operation working to defeat Trump, regardless of who wins the primary contest
Ryan and Jonathan disagree over the level of support in 2015 for Trump’s proposed border wall and Muslim ban. In 2015, 73% of Republicans supported
a southern wall. 59% supported
Trump’s Muslim Ban proposal.
Jonathan argues that moderate Democrats won the 2018 midterm elections to regain control of the House. 79% of the total Democratic flips were won
by moderate candidates, including in critical presidential battleground states. However, as Ryan argues, many of the victorious moderate Democrats adopted more left-wing stances on Medicare.
Jonathan brings up Jeremy Corbyn’s 2019 election loss
in Britain as a warning to the Bernie Sanders campaign. Corbyn’s Labour Party suffered its worst defeat in 80 years. Others argue that Labour’s loss had less to do with Jeremy Corbyn’s radical leftist agenda, and more to do with Brexit.
Bernie Sanders is beating
Donald Trump in most national polls. Biden is also ahead
of Trump in national polls.
Jonathan brings up Barry Goldwater’s disastrous 1964 presidential campaign. Goldwater, a Republican evangelical and hero of the radical right lost the election to President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was re-elected by the largest popular vote margin in U.S. history.
Ryan talks about Obama-to-Trump supporters. Approximately 6 million voters who supported President Barack Obama in 2012 shifted their support to Mr. Trump in 2016. Here
is a look at these swing voters and the issues most important to them.