October 17, 2019
Sanders has a strong supporting base since he was the one to propose the majority of progressive ideas that are now considered the norm in the Democratic field, such as Medicare for All, free college tuition, and a minimum wage increase. Many candidates he shares the stage with can credit their policies to those piloted by Bernie Sanders in the 2016 race. However, there are serious doubts about his ability to go against Trump. He’s great on a debate stage defending his progressive policies against more moderate democrats, but his skills are far weaker when debating Republicans with completely different talking points. He may have been a candidate with new, fresh ideas in 2016, but for 2020, it’s becoming clearer throughout the polls that Elizabeth Warren has replaced him as the main progressive in the field, and many of his 2016 supporters are moving to her side.