If Bernie is running, when should he declare?

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With Warren declaring I’d assume he’d want to do it a bit earlier to prevent her from getting momentum and taking away from his base. On the other hand he has the benefit of being one of the most popular politicians in the country, so he doesn’t have to risk a long campaign tarnishing his approval ratings and election chances. What do you think?

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These are the voters we should be focused on

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As we get closer to the announce date and with all the biased media attacks we are getting lately, I think it's time we start discussing something that rarely gets mentioned and one of the biggest reasons that Bernie has the best chance to win the nomination. What I mostly see are questions about how to get centrist Dems to vote for Bernie. Newsflash: hardcore centrist Dems will never ever vote for Bernie in the primary (generally speaking) and any energy spent to get them to change their mind is a waste of valuable time and energy. You almost have a better chance getting Trumpsters to abandon ship, at least in the rust belt states but that still shouldn't be our focus. Our focus should be on the non-voters.

In the general election Bernie has THE best chance to get some of the roughly 43% (100 million people) that didn't vote to make the decision to vote this time. These people are not going to come off the sidelines to vote for anyone that appears to be the same old thing but I think a large part of them would vote for Bernie. With Bernie's built-in base and a hardcore grassroots campaign to get even 20% of the non-voting block to commit to voting this time, he has the best chance and that's what the focus should be on, rather than trying to get a few percent of people in the center to come aboard.

To further this point though because it's what we are dealing with first, according to Pew research, in the Democratic primary somewhere around 85% of eligible voters didn't participate. It's not an exact figure because caucuses are harder to track but it's still an extremely low number. This massive block of voters should be our target and also should give us a lot of hope, even in the face of all the highly coordinated hit-pieces that will be coming more frequently.

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Can (should) a Sanders supporter also support Beto?

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Sorry if this has already been covered. I recently completed (again) a political profile by answering a ton of policy questions on www.isidewith.com. I was struck by how close my various similarity scores were for progressives like Sanders and Warren, vs. traditional (some say "corporatist") Democrats like Biden and Hillary Clinton.

I hear a lot in this sub that "corporatist" dems are basically Republicans with different colored name badges, and that Sanders is so far removed from the goals and policies of both major parties. How should I square this with my results? Is it a matter of rhetoric, personality, experience, or actual policy, or what? Is that site biased or rounding off important corners I should be aware of?

For context, I donated to and voted for Bernie in the 2016 primary, and I less-enthusiastically voted for Clinton in the general. I consider myself fairly progressive, and I'm still sporting a Bernie bumper sticker here in semi-rural Texas. I voted Beto here in TX, and I consider him a strong, if less progressive and less policy-specific, candidate. I'm not looking to ruffle any feathers, just a good conversation to help me decide who to back in the primary and general and why.

Some broad questions are:
– How different do you think Sanders (or other "strong progressives") really is from the rest of the pack in terms of policy and style, and how much should this matter?
– And once the primary is over, would you vote for someone like Beto (for example) if Sanders isn't nominated? Thanks for your time.

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