According to a new report, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has privately voiced concerns about Biden’s lackluster campaigning down the stretch as the election rapidly approaches while enthusiastic support for Biden continues to be virtually non-existent.
Since dropping out of the race back in April to avoid driving a wedge between moderate and progressive Democrats, Sanders has become a key piece of the Biden team and has played a role in morphing his policy to conform to the left’s more radical vision for America.
Sanders has said, however, that he is worried Biden won’t get the job done. He’s worried that Biden is too focused on attacking President Trump – and not enough on “kitchen table issues like higher wages, job growth, and health care access,” according to the Washington Post.
Sanders is also hoping that Biden embraces the younger, further left socialist party members like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez in an effort to win support from younger supporters.
The Post added that Sanders feels Biden’s approach will result in another November failure for the Democrats, as Sanders suggests that Biden’s ‘centrist’ approach is not enough to appease the far-left wing of the party – despite major policy shifts that represent the radicalization of the Democratic party.
Biden has reportedly kept a distance between himself and some progressives like Ocasio-Cortez amid President Trump’s efforts to expose that Biden is controlled by the radical left and socialists.
Polls in battleground states have been shifting in favor of President Trump and Joe Biden has failed to garner the support of the Hispanic community.
“Senator Sanders is confident that Joe Biden is in a very strong position to win this election, but nevertheless feels there are areas the campaign can continue to improve upon,” Sanders’ former campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement to the Post.
“He has been in direct contact with the Biden team and has urged them to put more emphasis on how they will raise wages, create millions of good-paying jobs, lower the cost of prescription drugs and expand health care coverage.”
Shakir added that Sanders was “working as hard as he can” to get the former vice president elected.
Sanders “also thinks that a stronger outreach to young people, the Latino community and the progressive movement will be of real help to the campaign,” he added.
Tensions between Sanders and Clinton in 2016 contributed to the Democrats embarrassing defeat in 2016. Sanders and the rest of the Democratic party have attempted to avoid a repeat with Sanders campaigning on Biden’s behalf.
On Saturday, he spoke to voters in Michigan, urging them to vote for Biden, according to the Post. It was his eighth such event for the nominee.
Sanders and Biden have attempted to paint the image that they are good buddies – a far cry from the Clinton-Sanders faux friendship which voters clearly saw through. But will this leaked truth of Senator’s concerns with the way Biden is doing things be too much for the party to overcome?