Bernie Sanders is the Best Choice for 2016

  • The distorted delegate presentation by the media meant to discourage supporters
  • Bernie’s unique strengths
  • Hillary’s significant vulnerabilities
  • Criticisms of Bernie pale in comparison
  • Why winning “white” states is a strength
  • Charisma will trump experience
  • Satisfying the mood of the electorate

Delegate Distortion by the Media

Bernie’s Unique Strengths

  • The overwhelming mood of the 2016 electorate is anti-establishment which aligns with his message.
  • He does extremely well with Independent and working-class voters.
  • He speaks honestly about problems with money in politics, trade agreements, tax policies benefitting the wealthy, and Americans getting less than what other countries provide their citizens (e.g., health care, higher education, etc.).
  • He performs the best in all of the recent head-to-head polling against the Republican contenders.
  • He has a 51.4% favorability rating with an unfavorable percentage of only 38.6%. This means he has a +12.8 favorability differential which is a great advantage as there is a correlation between favorability and getting elected.

Hillary’s Vulnerabilities

  • Unfavorables above 50% (currently 53.8% unfavorable compared to 41.5% favorable). She would begin the general election campaign at around a –12.3 compared with Bernie’s +12.8, which is a major disadvantage.
  • She has performed worse than Bernie in head-to-head match up polling against the Republicans.
  • Hillary comes with significant baggage in the form of perceived scandals that will become the narrative in the general election campaign.
  • Low to medium information voters (which make up the majority of the electorate) will not delve into the details to parse the validity of various perceived scandals, they will absorb the sound bites and talking points.

Criticisms of Bernie Pale in Comparison

“White” States are Important

Charisma Trumps Experience (Pun Intended)

Satisfying the Mood of the 2016 Electorate

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Ruckus Panelist on KCPT, Opinion Columnist, Political Consultant, Former Candidate for U.S. Senate and Kansas Senate, Former Educator

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Lisa Johnston

Lisa Johnston

Ruckus Panelist on KCPT, Opinion Columnist, Political Consultant, Former Candidate for U.S. Senate and Kansas Senate, Former Educator