February 29, 2020 By The Editor
The Democratic primary could come down to a simple duel: it’s Biden vs. Bernie as war bursts into presidential race.
Do voters want Biden’s promise of a reassuring hand, or Bernie’s revolutionary utopia?
A Biden adviser refers:
“The more the world seems in disarray, especially with Trump as an erratic accelerant to that disarray, the more people seem to be looking for some return to normalcy and strong and steady leadership as opposed to erratic leadership,” – “There’s now an even greater premium on experience and being ready on Day One to deal with the mess Trump leaves. To state the obvious, that plays to Biden’s strengths.”
It’s the final duel: Biden’s promise of a reassuring hand, or Bernie’s revolutionary utopia?
While Biden’s strategy is that of a traditional primary frontrunner—ignore your primary opponents and focus on your general election opponent—Sanders has the classic strategy for the person in the No. 2 spot: argue it’s a two-person race.
Iran has belatedly forced a serious foreign-policy debate among the major Democratic candidates, with Sanders and Biden representing opposite sides of a basic question that could define the next administration: What do Democrats believe about America’s role in the world? And do they have a national-security message that can defeat Trump’s chest-thumping bravado?
Sanders still peppers his foreign-policy remarks with a long recitation of America’s anti-democratic history, especially in Latin America and the Middle East, during the Cold War, and the worst mistakes of the post-9/11 era.
But over time, he has gradually shifted from an emphasis on how America has messed up the world in the past to how to confront looming threats to international democracy today.
He said in a 2017 address at Westminster College, in Missouri:
“I was mayor of the city of Burlington, Vermont, in the 1980s, when the Soviet Union was our enemy,” – “We established a sister city program with the Russian city of Yaroslavl, a program which still exists today. I will never forget seeing Russian boys and girls visiting Vermont, getting to know American kids, and becoming good friends. Hatred and wars are often based on fear and ignorance. The way to defeat this ignorance and diminish this fear is through meeting with others and understanding the way they see the world. Good foreign policy means building people-to-people relationships.”
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