The 2020 presidential candidate showed his brand of democratic socialism could have traction in Trump country

There’s a lot of love for Sanders in the air, down there:

It’s about time someone spoke for the working class!

Well done Bernie for once again making the elites tremble.

Was never a Bernie fan until now! He knows how to resonate with people, asks the right questions, is not divisive. Hopefully, the Democratic Party supports him this time if the polls signify he’ll win against Trump.

From canapé-filled fund-raisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington, mainstream Democrats are increasingly worried that their effort to defeat President Trump in 2020 could be complicated by Mr. Sanders, in a political scenario all too reminiscent of how Mr. Trump himself seized the Republican nomination in 2016.

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Welsh Labour party leader Neil Kinnock tells a New Jersey newspaper that he has no hard feelings about Joe Biden, the likely Democratic presidential frontrunner, borrowing word-for-word in 1987 from a speech Kinnock had delivered months earlier.

Kinnock said that May:

“Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Was it because our predecessors were thick? Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what we had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment? Of course not. It was because there was no platform upon which they could stand”

“Why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go a university? Why is it that my wife… is the first in her family to ever go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? …Is it because they didn’t work hard? My ancestors who worked in the coal mines of northeast Pennsylvania and would come after 12 hours and play football for four hours? It’s because they didn’t have a platform on which to stand.”

While refusing to comment on the possibility of Biden running for president, calling it not his business now, [Kinnock] did address at some length the incident that contributed to Biden’s 1988 presidential campaign demise as the now former vice president appears poised to join the contest for 2020.

“I had no objections to Joe using my speech and, as I discovered later, he usually did it with attribution,” the 77-year old Labor die-hard told InsiderNJ.

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