Independent Sanders Invites Liberal Challenge to Obama in '12

Friday, 18 Mar 2011 04:05 PM

By Dan Weil

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President Barack Obama’s move to the center is alienating some of his liberal base. And one of the Senate’s biggest liberals, Vermont independent Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with Democrats, says a left-wing primary challenger for Obama next year would be a good thing, The Hill reports.

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"If a progressive Democrat were to run, I think it would enliven the debate," he said in an interview on WNYC Radio. "They are free to do that . . . In a democracy, I think it's worthwhile to have different voices out there."

Sanders has been critical of Obama’s moderation, particularly his December deal with Republicans to extend Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans. But Obama’s unlikely to change course, as the new centrist stance has boosted his approval ratings.


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