Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who is making a back-to-back run for the White House, said if he had won the Democratic nomination in 2016, he would be president today.
In the last presidential election, Sanders faced off in a small field of Democratic candidates that ultimately chose Hillary Clinton to be the nominee. Clinton went on to lose in historic fashion to now-President Trump.
“If I won the nomination, I would have defeated Donald Trump,” the Democratic hopeful said on “Noticias Telemundo,” the Washington Examiner reports.
Sanders’ comments come amid his own effort to best leading Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Per the Washington Examiner:
Clinton lost the election when what was thought to be a “blue wall” of Democratic-leaning, upper-Midwestern states that would ensure her victory went to Trump instead. Sanders said those are exactly the states where he can beat Trump in 2020.
“We need a candidate who can really defeat Trump,” Sanders said. “And all of the polling out there has me defeating Trump. Especially in battleground states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and others.”
Sanders believes that he appeals to working-class voters in those states who supported Trump and that he can steal them from the president if he becomes the 2020 nominee.
“I suppose there are some folks out there who say, ‘Let’s anoint Joe Biden. Why do we have 24 candidates?’ Well, I don’t agree with that,” Sanders said, swiping the candidate.
Sanders and Biden share the top spots in nearly all polling on Democratic presidential candidates with Biden usually taking the top spot.