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tv   Inside Story 2019 Ep 51  Al Jazeera  February 20, 2019 8:32pm-9:01pm +03

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bombing. has claimed responsibility three politicians have resigned from the conservative party in the u.k. what they describe as the prime minister's disastrous had. the woman joining a new independent group made up of labor politicians who left their party that anti semitism that pas up the pressure. to get parliament to approve withdraw before the exit deadline on march twenty ninth the right wing the hardline n.t.e.u. could squad the diff destroyed every leader for the last forty years are now running the conservative party from top to toe they are the conservative party and those are the headlines on. the inside story is coming up next thank you very much for watching.
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the race to be u.s. president in twenty twenty is under way bernie sanders is running again looking to replace the man he describes as the most dangerous president in modern american history but his son and the other democratic candidates the i'll turn a tip to donald trump this is inside story. hello and welcome to the program. three years ago bernie sanders started what he
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called a revolution a run for u.s. president on a platform of progressive ideas such as free health care for all the independent senator who eventually lost the democratic nomination to hillary clinton but at seventy seven years old sanders believes his still has what it takes to win the white house has launched his campaign to be the democratic candidate in twenty twenty saying he's the right man to face donald trump. bernie sanders i'm running for president and i'm asking you today to be part of an unprecedented grassroots campaign of one million active volunteers in every state in our country . our campaign is not only about the feeding donald trump the most dangerous president in modern american history it is that only about winning the democratic nomination and the general election our campaign is about transforming our country
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and creating a government based on the principles of economic social racial and environmental justice. the twenty twenty democratic primary looks to be crowded at least twelve candidates have confirmed their run dozens more have still to decide the list could be one of the most diverse in more than history though ready a record number of women vast differences between candidates and ethnic minorities most of those confirmed so far are positioned to the left of the political spectrum campaigning on issues like universal health care free college education and higher taxes for the wealthy they include come along elizabeth warren and cory booker former vice president joe biden tops the list of potential candidates as a moderate. let's introduce the panel in washington d.c. jeffrey stacy a former state department official in the obama administration in birmingham u.k.
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quinn senior lecturer in american politics of the university of birmingham also in washington arena a republican strategist and consultant welcome to all mr stacey bernie sanders is someone known for shaking the foundation of the democratic party in two thousand and sixteen the question now will he be able to replicate what that which he achieved in two thousand and sixteen because ultimately it was the want to win twenty states. he was indeed his remarkable american but unfortunately for mr sanders he's unlikely to meet his mark again this time around he's facing a far different country a far different field of democratic candidates he's not able to stand out as much as he did last time now granted he's raised in an incredible amount of money right off the get go but unfortunately for him there is
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a tendency in american politics to not give someone another shot at the top and less you become a vice president but that wasn't the case with bertie he's got a really tough road to hoe. this is someone who says that he will rely on a grassroots movement with one million volunteers in each state is this something easy to achieve. well i think when the sun does did something pretty remarkable back in twenty sixteen he went from being a no hoper most people for to giving any extremely close run to what many people saw at the time and hillary clinton as not only the inevitable nominee but the inevitable president and he moved the agenda within the democratic party a long way towards the kind of policies that he supported on universal health care on free college on raising the minimum wage the party has moved a long way towards him and many of the people who are very excited to work for him
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last time to try and bring those visions about still they're ready to work with him but he's dealing with a much much more competitive field this time around many of the candidates invented newly to this contest stealing his lunch in some ways by pursuing the same progressive policies and he's going to fight a lot harder to keep the same turf he had last time when what was the reaction of the republican party establishment following the announcement but bernie sanders to step in. well the republicans who support president trump are ready from year to year they are delighted by the bernie sanders candidacy again because it essentially means democrats will have more infighting as they did just a few years back up it's no surprise that bernie is anti establishment on the left however in a way like your other guest said he has moved the party further to the left and that makes republicans who support the president even more assured that president
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truck can handily with reelection for those of us who have been from the beginning of his candidacy the beginning of the president kennedy rather this is really actually bad neo's because of the same thing we are hoping that the democrats can put up a candidate that is evil to take on truck to give him a good fight because the power of the incumbency is so great somebody on the left the challenge from the left is going to have to be very strong and frankly spenders don't represent that jeff i mean this is a crowded field compared to two thousand and sixteen but don't you think that the same time people was to say this is the man who championed the principles of universal health care free education and taxing the wealthy i mean despite the fact that elizabeth warren came out a harris book saying the same thing but people would a clist give him some credit for this. absolutely i mean he is
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a living legend he is somebody who stands out there on the progressive wing of the party and is really beloved in a way but not really for this race they're wondering is he the right man for that this time the c have a plan this time around i mean he was the first person to go for universal health care the first person to say american student should get free college but now everyone says those things they're younger they're not old they're not whites they're not male and activists in this party actually are more excited about fresher blood you already see this a number of key activists fundraisers pollsters consultants have left centers surrogates so he really does not have the team that he had last time he doesn't have as much enthusiasm going in as he did last time because there are new kids on the block and there is more excitement surrounding them compared to this old
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warhorse even if he is highly respected and highly regarded. the political landscape particular when it comes to the good arena do you. do you want to say together go out and say look you know you can't you can be a movement person but does that mean you're going to be a great elected official and i really think that's what democrats understand that now that we've had a few years and we've seen what this is like we see that there is a mess on our hands for me as a lifelong republican i'm seeing the trust in our public institutions in voting by the day because of this administration the action and arctics from the concert or any policy wise there is very little like with people like prince albert is he a movement person and yes he should be he deserves a lot of credit for interacting certain measures i think within the democrat and having that conversation within the democratic party bringing these conversations to light however does it mean that he can do what is needed to appeal to the vast
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majority of americans were frustrated with how our government is working donald trump was an active because americans were frustrated with the status quo bernie sanders regardless of the easy age he doesn't represent fresh new ideas that. the public mind rather you know american by them the political landscape as far as the democratic party is concerned will different you have to take some time before take a full shape we don't know whether biden is going to. go ahead and run for the nomination but don't you think that at least as many people are concerned bernie sanders is someone who has been unfairly treated by the superdelegates of the democratic party. clinton won and the rest was a blunder for the democratic party and that he could potentially be the only person to defeat trump among the twelve candidates so far. well i think there are
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a lot of people who think that bernie was hard done by last time the lot of people who think he would have had a better chance of beating donald trump if you had been able to get the democratic nomination last time and given that hillary clinton lost and lost narrowly most people would probably be prepared to run that experiment again but you know the world is different in twenty twenty than it was in twenty sixteen you know bernie sanders has made an excellent political career by banging the drum of a very particular issue which is wealth inequality wealth redistribution but one of the things that donald trump being in the white house is a really really brought to the foreground other kinds of discrimination in american society issues around race issues around gender other bernie sanders cares about phish sure but has always made secondary and the lot of candidates going for the democratic nomination this time who by virtue of being women virtue of being from ethnic minorities don't just believe in progressive policies but their election would represent a blow in favor of those passes society that many people see president trump as
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attacking and many people see the fact the president trump was elected as having insulted him in a pretty grievous way people who have to people president trump makes feel like they are not real americans want someone who represents them in a broader way than bernie sanders can through no fault of his own hand by winning this nomination just is the struggle with the african-american voters an issue that he has to look into carefully in the coming weeks and months. that's one of them there is also the use last time around one of the most incredible things i mean i work for the other side i advised the other candidate last time and i remember getting into trouble at a hillary event when i said in a microphone that i i felt the burn at the time and that was not a very popular thing he's resented still today in the party for staying in the race too long but more to your point he's got not just a challenge with african-americans he's got a challenge with young people today as one of your other speakers just pointed out
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young people today and in the us are more excited about people that look like them sound like them are closer to age than them that wasn't around last time bernie was this exotic candidate he was pure he was fresh none of those things are the case anymore so he's got not only ideas that are well because of him he gets the credit they're more common now but he doesn't look like people that want to look he doesn't sound like people want to sound he sounds a little tired he's sort of been the guy that well he had a shot he didn't make it he gets the credit and people really now in the party are sort of saying thank you bernie but hey we're moving forward in a different way this time when would he be an easy target if he were to win the nomination given the fact that most of his ideas are seen as. an attempt to push for a socialist system in the u.s.
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oh there's no doubt president trump already mentioned that yesterday in discussing his candidacy discuss and sandhurst can't you see this is going to be an open and shut case if somehow makes it to the general election against some there is going to be so much ammo from the right and to the point that one of your other guest is making it certainly i my identity is that as dr immigrant women who have a bit of color a young woman here in america and i reject a lot of the xenophobia and heat that i think has come to the surface in the era of trump however a lot of it has been there and that's a deeper discussion of course but another thing is this identity politics is what we're discussing and and i really want to reject that because frankly you know bernie sanders his campaign had sexual harassment issues within if well and those are going to be easy to peel out let's not forget the occupant of the oval office has vast of issues that women is
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a proven massage ness and has issues again with women but but these other campaigns as most political campaigns in modern u.s. history have been rife with scandal within the closed doors as a longtime operative i can tell you i've witnessed some horrid things and they've been on the campaigns of women and men and so. i want to project the identity politics i have i think most americans actually are willing to reject that it is exciting to see somebody who is different who looks different sounds different but let's not forget that that's also why trump was elected the people who gave him their vote believe that he would be different and so it's not going to be enough for kemal and hearses deposition woman of color it's not going to be enough or where booker to step up is a you know a man with brown skin so this of these things are just very very i think going to be diced out ok and if you're going to agree on the trail they're going to get very ugly jeff i feel lucky that we live a bit under this tomato bernie sanders because if you go back to his track record
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two thousand and sixteen he won thirteen million votes he was able to raise two hundred thirty eight million yesterday he wrote something like four million dollars . it is an impeccable record it is i mean he really is a grand individual in the party in the u.s. politics he is there's no argument he's a living legend he is somebody who has credibility right down the line he has basically made original ideas they're not original anymore but he gets the credit for that and he's very articulate on these issues even verging on eloquent does he have the kind of magic this time around he might he might well i don't know that's really tough because one of the tests that we watch early when people announces how they're treated on late night comedy television here and compared to the other candidates bernie got killed last night i meant every network every host went not
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just a few lines on him they went on and on and the crowds ate it this to me was one of the early signs that the magic for bernie despite all the respect that he deserves despite the fact that he will be there the whole way because he's a prolific money raiser and some of the activists will never leave him but this time around i'm afraid the larger number of people in the party and certainly the u.s. electorate probably are not going to be there for bernie in the end despite how much credit he deserves because of what he's done up to this point. but his son this would be seventy nine if inaugurated in twenty twenty that is do you see it as a disadvantage as here. you know well it's it's an irony of bernie sanders that of course he's actually very popular with younger voters that was the
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source of a strength in twenty sixteen many of those especially young men who are supportive of him now are on the the youth side of the party but at the same time he of course was old then is even older this time would be the oldest president ever elected by a comfortable margin if he got into office now i don't think there's any intrinsic reason why somebody who is old shouldn't be the president although of course it raises are all the concerns about someone's health and fitness that you might imagine but he seems like he's entirely alert and lively nevertheless this is a moment in which there's a big generational gulf in american society you know many young people are looking at who's in the white house and feeling like this does not represent even the present let alone the future they would like to see it so the symbolism of putting somebody who's from a new generation into power would be enormously important at this particular moment for that reason i think you know again it's not bernie sanders fault that he's old
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but i think it may be an unfortunate inus of timing in his time around but it just isn't it isn't what with the book we're trying to get rid of the democratic voters may think of the oldest president ever in the white house trying to replace him with someone older doesn't have the same kind of generational lift feel that they would like to have a really let me say what some of his sanders supporters advanced over the last few hours basically to the republicans they you should not basically share with in the fact that this man could end up being a punch bag for trump if he were to be. if he won the nomination because if he manages to elise a second wave of revolution he could make history again. well i for one chance of a revolution i just don't see it let's just put it that way this is again going
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back to an original point about you know us in the american electorate not willing to give a chance to somebody who's stepped up to the stage before and hasn't been able to secure agreement by the way so look. if i may just is very solid when it comes to substance very articulate. and you can't compare him with trump his command of the issues that he talks about that the the fibers that touches the very end of ricin girl and the dog in the united states of america then we identify with the man. indeed indeed he has appealed to a lot of working class individuals and i certainly don't intend to compare him on an intellectual level what we see from president trump is is almost you know on the part of never seen this i think somebody who has such a deep disregard for anything substantive and no desire to govern either obviously senator sanders cares about governing he does care of articulating the issues and
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he's fighting the policy solutions that he can still help a certain set of americans right so there's that much but the way the style rather you know it is disruptor style i call it and and that means something because americans have a very short attention span when it comes to our elections so we tend to really go with what we've seen in the weeks just prior to an election and it does come down to style rather than substance often and i think that unfortunately is us at a disadvantage that we the american people because we don't really get the policy solutions we want to achieve but here is one major white is that we know a lot more about standards today than he had two or three years ago obviously right and one thing is that democrats are now saying you're a hypocrite you advocate for working class solution however you own three homes your wife was embroiled with a financial scandal at a university these are not people that really birth can cost values in our daily
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life jeff but couldn't see and being the man with some qualities that no one else has among the candidates it within the republican the democratic party the fact that he is an outsider an independent and the only one who could build bridges with the grassroots and with those who have always consider themselves to be sidelined by the. democratic establishment you look at the map and he could give a white address the right man to build all those bridges he could be he is the one candidate on the progressive left for the democrats there is a known entity that is already trusted that has a brand that appeals he has a program that appeals policy ideas that were originally his before anybody else in the party and this man does pull well against trump he's going to be able to raise the money so even if he's got a new field and basically a tougher road to hoe this time around he's going to be there in the race doing
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well enough to stay in the race for a very long time he'll be one of the king makers at the convention still and that influence will speak something that he holds on to it's going to be a long shot though he is somebody who has a whole slew of snares this time around that he didn't face last time and probably the biggest one of all is that once you take a shot at the top of the very top you run for the presidency in the u.s. if you don't latch on to the vice presidency you rarely get serious shot again it's just something funny and it's ironic because ok in this country of all countries you're supposed to be able to begin again bernie is probably not going to be able to do it this time is much as i see your point when's so we have a list of many many dozens of people here and their target is to defeat donald trump of all these candidates although they are all to the left of the to the
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spectrum of the democratic party how do you think has more appeal to the millions of americans determined to take to the polls this time and defeat trump of all the candidates that we know of the far. well you put your finger on a very important question which is electability because i think a lot of democrats in this contest in addition to thinking about what policies they personally favor are going to have an eye on who is most likely to accomplish what they sell they said told pollsters is objective number one which is defeating the president and it's going to be a lot of different theories of who's the best equipped to do that former vice president joe biden at the moment apparently tops the polls because i think that's mainly because of his name recognition being quite high senator sanders come second but maybe that's because his name recognition is quite high too and then behind that you have a very big field over elizabeth warren will come
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a lot harris kiersten jill a brand new to iraq lots lots of people but the main thing that they're going to be trying to convince the voters of is that whether they're progressive or whether they're to the center whether the white man or whether they're representative of a minority or whether there are a woman that message they're going to want to sell everybody voting in these primaries is you can trust me to win this election for you and if they can convey that kind of competence and if they can get the kind of polling results with the general public that suggested democratic primary voters this is a strong candidate and i think that's going to go a long way because things are about policy but they're also inevitably about electability. i thank you very much indeed for your contribution to the program today. and thank you to forcing you can see the program again any time by visiting our website c.n.n. dot com for further discussion go to our facebook page that's facebook dot call forward slash a.j.
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