Overheard debates: Should Bernie be running in the 2020 election?

Category:  Opinions
Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 8:55 AM

There are many overheard debates in the offices of The Spectator. This week, Anisa Venner-Johnston and Jamie Heinrich discuss whether Bernie Sanders should be running in the 2020 presidential election. 

What do you think of Bernie Sanders?

AVJ: I am a proud Vermonter, born and raised. I am also from the capital, Montpelier. So, I saw a lot first hand of Bernie and what he was planning for our little state. He’s progressive. He always has been. I think he’s exactly the type of person we need running America. He’s educated, a straight shooter and wants what is best for the people. I love the man for his ideologies, and for his presentation of himself and Vermont. He’s funny and the hair is wicked. 

JH: Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of Bernie. His proposed policies would never work in the U.S., and he is much too idealistic. I look for a politician who is a realist — who can work with others to get things done. Bernie does not seem like the kind of man who could ever meet in the middle. 

What did you think of him running in 2016?

AVJ: When he announced his bid, I was in high school. At the time, I didn’t think much of it. He was a Vermont senator from my dad’s home state, so of course I was going to support him. I love my home and what Vermont stands for. I felt like with seeing life here compared to other states, we needed someone like Bernie to guide us. Not only that, but I was applying to college and about to take on massive debt attending school out-of-state. I was in big support of his higher education reform. 

JH: I thought he was a joke — granted I considered many of those running for office in 2016 a joke. I liked the idea that Bernie wanted to give me free college, but at what cost? Add in that I don’t stand for much of what he supports (I am heavily pro-life and anti-big government), I just did not particularly like him. 

Do you support him running now? Why or why not?

AVJ: I do now more than ever. He is an independent, who is focused on the well being of the people and the nation. We currently have a president who is focused on neither of those things, and that needs to change. I believe that Sanders can bring this nation together. We idolize nations like Sweden, and here we are with a chance to be like them: happy, healthy and united.

 JH: No, I do not. Though I agree with Anisa that our current administration has not necessarily focused on the well being of our nation; Bernie running now is as much of a joke as it was in 2016. I also believe that Bernie running now takes conversations away from other, more practical candidates who could be proposing legislation that could work for all the people in our nation.

What do you think about the fact that he raised $1 million in 24 hours for his campaign?

AVJ: I think that says a lot about what the people support and what hopes they have for him. As Americans, it’s almost a natural trait for us to be greedy with our money. Yet, we are willing to give to this man. There has to be a reason. 

JH: It is the right we have as Americans to throw our money down the drain if one wants to support something. Do I think that $1 million could have been spent on something better? Yes. Bernie if you’re reading this, how about you donate that money to non-profits that better the people of our nation? 

Who do you favor in the 2020 election? 

AVJ: Right now, Bernie. I don’t think there will be anyone better who comes along, and I’m hoping for a vice presidential bid from Biden or Beto on his ticket. But who knows. My opinions and feelings can change, but I believe in change. I believe in Bernie. 

JH: Right now, it’s too early for me to support anyone. I would love to see a bid from a moderate who is willing to put the wills of people over his or her own political agenda.

Anisa Venner-Johnston | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

Jamie Heinrich | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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