Fresh after Bernie Sanders’ call for a “a fifty-state strategy… to plant the flag of progressive politics” nationwide, new reporting on Friday suggests that Hillary Clinton’s campaign won’t be budged any further to the left.
After Clinton claimed more victories in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania this week, Sanders said, “we are in this race until the last vote is cast,” adding that his campaign would head “to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform.”
Steps forward on issues that would constitute such a platform can already be seen in the race, observers say. As Max Ehrenfreund writes at Washington Post‘s Wonkblog Friday,
That’s not all that surprising, given factors apart from Sanders, Ehrenfreund writes. He points to data from Pew Research Center showing Americans’ attitudes on various issues including race, poverty, regulation, and foreign policy are becoming more progressive. And there’s also the influence of politicians like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in areas like Social Security, he notes.
But Amie Parnes writes at The Hill, “Clinton supporters argue the former secretary of State has already been forced to the left by Sanders, and can’t risk moving further ahead of a general election.”
And while political talk show host Bill Press told The Hill that it would be the wrong move for Clinton to “move back to the center,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), told the political website that her campaign couldn’t make any more leftward concessions, saying, “I don’t know what’s left to extract.”
Cleaver added that “[Sanders has] already impacted this election probably more than anyone else including Donald Trump,” and then suggested it was time for Sanders to help gather support for his rival.
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