OPINION: Why you shouldn’t vote for Mike Bloomberg this upcoming primary

While Democrats see Mike Bloomberg as the moderate solution to beat Trump, I believe he is not the candidate that should be chosen for the nomination.

This primary season has been a very confusing time for Democrats across this country. The original front runner for the Democrats, Joe Biden, has failed to place better than third in both the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire primary. While Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren have fallen from atop the polls, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg have risen to one and two in the polls respectively and Bernie Sanders appears to be breaking away from the pack of candidates. While all of this is happening, a new candidate has entered the race, yet has not campaigned in the first few states to hold primaries/ caucuses. Mike Bloomberg’s goal is to try spend hundreds of millions of dollars on Ads on states that participate in “Super Tuesday” and hopefully propel the momentum that he has right now to new heights, and potentially secure the democratic nomination for the presidency. While many people have seen him as the moderate solution the Democrats have been looking for to beat Trump, Mike Bloomberg is not the candidate that should be chosen for the nomination.

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While Mr. Bloomberg has done admirable things with his money in support of the Democrats, as well as donations to combat climate change, his past (and maybe current in some instances) attitudes towards people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA community are not what Democrats should be looking for in a Presidential Candidate in 2020.

In the last few days since these allegations came out many candidates have voiced their troubles with Mr. Bloomberg. Last night’s debate showed how much contempt the other democratic candidates have towards Mr. Bloomberg, with Elizabeth Warren throwing most of the punches towards the former New York mayor. The quote, “I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians. And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mike Bloomberg,” is a powerful message to send to Democratic voters. Mike Bloomberg shares many similar qualities to the President that democrats loathe and want to expunge from the White House in this upcoming election. Senator Warren’s remarks should make Democratic voters think, “If I hate Donald Trump so much, why would I vote for Mike Bloomberg”?

While I am writing this as someone who will be supporting Bernie Sanders for the upcoming primary, I am also writing this as someone who wants to see my country succeed for a long, long time. The idea is that in this country is that anyone can hold public office no matter their socioeconomic status. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is the most recent example who went from being a bartender in the Bronx, to being the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. While many Democrats are turning away from corporate money, Mike Bloomberg is attempting to change the game by spending a small fortune on this election.

My point is that while Donald Trump is descending more and more towards authoritarianism every day, Democrats shouldn’t make the average voter choose between authoritarianism and a full on oligarchy in this society for the next four years.

If we prove to Bloomberg and other billionaires that if they spend hundreds of millions of dollars on campaigns and they can seemingly buy the Presidency, then we may be seeing a President Jeff Bezos, or maybe a President Bill Gates in our near future. While the Citizens United court case a decade ago increased outside spending on campaigns, and put a dent in our democracy, the election of a billionaire who seemingly entered the race out of nowhere and then beat candidates that are already raising large sums of money from grassroots movements would fully break it.

While there is nothing wrong with a wealthy person running for President, being a wealthy person who is directly running to maintain their interests is not what this country needs. We need a president who is going to be for the best interests of the people and isn’t running to maintain the status quo in America, one that currently only values a small group of people in society that make above a certain amount of money, while the majority struggles every day.

No matter how you feel about this election, you should at least vote and vote your conscious because so many people won’t. Yet at the same time I implore you to choose a candidate other than Bloomberg if you will be voting in the upcoming primaries/caucuses. There are five other democratic candidates that have a legitimate shot at winning the nomination as well as beating Donald Trump in the general election: Amy Klobuchar , Bernie Sanders , Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Pete Buttigieg, all who are great candidates who I believe will be in the interests of the general population, rather than themselves. We shouldn’t focus on the money in candidates pocket this election in how to defeat Donald Trump, but if we are looking to beat Donald Trump, we should instead focus on the Candidate’s character, and willingness to go the extra mile for the common person.

Written by: Tom Derig

Bernie Sanders wins the New Hampshire Primary, Pete Buttgieg and Amy Klobuchar in a close second and third

After the dust settled Tuesday night in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders was deemed the winner of the second Democratic Primary with 25.7% of the vote, followed closely behind by Pete Buttigieg with 24.4% of the vote and Amy Klobuchar with 19.8%.

Through two primaries Mayor Pete is leading the delegate count with 22, followed by Bernie with 21 and Elizabeth Warren with 8. This was a contentious race between Pete and Bernie (with Bernie taking over as the front-runner in the race even though he is still a delegate back on Mayor Pete), but the biggest surprise of the night was the rise of Amy Klobuchar and the fall of Joe Biden.

With Senator Klobuchar’s performance on Tuesday she launched herself into 4th in the total delegate count, one ahead of Biden and one behind Warren, after picking up seven delegates in New Hampshire. Biden’s campaign has run itself on the idea of electability and how he is the only one than can truly defeat Trump in a head to head match-up. The problem with Biden’s reasoning is that he has yet to do better than 4th in voting between the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary. He will have to perform well in South Carolina or Nevada to have a chance of continuing his campaign into the later primary season.

Meanwhile, Amy Klobuchar who has been patiently waiting for her time to shine in this race finally got her moment on the debate stage in New Hampshire, where she seized the moment by chastising him for his interpretation of the Donald Trump Senate Trial. After showing her fire on the debate stage her campaign raised three million dollars as well as making Mayor Pete seem almost too immature for the Presidency; Senator Klobuchar has been on a steady rise and it will be interesting to see how her momentum will carry into the upcoming debates, primaries, and caucuses.

Elizabeth Warren had a somewhat disappointing performance this Primary coming in fourth, but while she her momentum has stalled, she is still a very viable candidate for the nomination. She has the ability to pull more moderate democrats as well as more liberal democrats from Bernie’s camp. It will be interesting to see how she handles her decline from front-runner to middle of the pack, and to see if she can reclaim her spot at the top.

While Klobuchar and Pete are currently picking up momentum in the race for the nomination, it will be interesting to see if they can keep it going in states that are more diverse than Iowa and New Hampshire. The next primaries are Nevada on February 22nd and South Carolina on February 29th. According to RealClearPolitics Poll Averages in the state of Nevada, Biden leads followed by Sanders and Warren, and in South Carolina, Biden leads followed by billionaire Tom Steyer, and Bernie Sanders.

taken from: foxnews.com
Written by: Tom Derig

Bernie Sanders Stops in San Diego for 2020 Campaign Tour; Garners Support From Younger Generations.

Bernie Sanders

On Friday, March 22, Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders set off his 2020 campaign with a rally in Downtown San Diego addressing economic and social issues to a crowd of more than 6,400 people. This is Sanders’ second campaign visit to San Diego since his 2016 campaign.  Similar to before, the rally held Downtown drew a diverse and energetic crowd of supporters.

The Vermont Senator has been very outspoken about his Progressive policies since his 2016 Presidential campaign trail. Today, Sanders remains a staunch advocate for raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, universal health care, and free public college as well as significantly reducing student debt. These policies have been popular amongst his followers. Sanders initially directed his speech towards the younger people in the crowd by referencing the need for quality education in the U.S.

“Good jobs require a good education. That is why we are going to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, and substantially lower the outrageous level of student debt that currently exists.”

Bernie Sanders

But Sanders knew his message couldn’t entirely focus on the younger generations. He then honored the historical significance of the rally in an aside.

“Given the fact that FDR was one of the great presidents in the history of our country, I am honored to be here in this very spot 80 years later.”

Bernie Sanders

By the end of the speech Sanders, told the crowd that he has not forgotten his experience of when his family lived paycheck to paycheck, and how he will always remember where he came from.

Janice Ocampo, a USD student, attended the event and said that the rally was important to her. “I am middle class and come from an immigrant family and so I need to understand and have a better perspective on how I fit in in all of this and transform our nation for the better.” Ocampo said.

Ocampo said that Sander’s policies were ideal and feels pretty strong about them, “All of them I really agree with, from immigration, health care, women’s rights and of course public education for us.”

Michelle Mendoza, a 26 year old San Diego resident, stated her ideological connection to Sanders: “What attracts me about Bernie Sanders is that he is one with the people; He understands and also gives good points about what it’s like for the average American not just the one percent.” said Mendoza.

“Thank you for being part of a campaign which is not only going to carry California, which is going to win the Democratic nomination, which is not only going to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in the modern history of our country – but with your help we are going to transform this country… When we are in the White House, we are going to enact what Franklin Delano Roosevelt talked about… We are going to guarantee a job to everyone who is able to work in this country. We need to rebuild our infrastructure, we need to transform our energy system… There is more than enough work to be done in this country. Let’s go out and do it.” said Sanders. ”

Bernie Sanders acknowledgingthe crowd in Downtown.
Written by: Marco Arreola