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Dershowitz: Bernie Sanders Not Dems' Answer for 2020

Dershowitz: Bernie Sanders Not Dems' Answer for 2020
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By    |   Monday, 27 November 2017 10:40 AM

Democrats must become more centrist and find some "new faces" to have any hope in the 2020 presidential race, and rallying behind Sen. Bernie Sanders is not the answer, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Monday.

"There's no way that Bernie Sanders could ever win four or five states," Dershowitz told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "Joe Biden is a different character. He is beloved . . . a key win against as you know, popular candidate? Who knows?"

Last week, The Hill ranked the top five people who may end up at the top of the ranks when it comes to Democratic contenders for 2020, putting Sanders and Biden at the top of the list.

Moving to the center would eliminate Sanders, but Dershowitz said he should have been out of contention already.

"He should have been thrown out a long, long time ago," he told the program. "He's a spoiler. I grew up with guys like Bernie, a dime a dozen. He goes off to Vermont where he can really deal with the issues of America, where there are only white people. He's just somebody who represents the early 20th century. No future in politics."

The list also includes Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Dershowitz, though, said the list should include new faces, specifically naming Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., calling his former student a "terrific young man."

"Maybe he is too young, but he is dynamic," said Dershowitz. "He is the face of the future. I [also] think Mark Warner, who is a senator from Virginia, very centrist. For the Democrats to win, they would have to move to the center."

Dershowitz also discussed the decision by former national security adviser Michael Flynn's former attorneys to cut off cooperation with attorneys for the Trump administration in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion during the 2016 election, saying he does not think "it's a big deal."

"His layers are very smart," said Dershowitz. "What they're going is holding up Michael Flynn and saying he could be bought or at least rented by either side. If the president wants him, he can pardon him. If the president won't pardon him, he'll flip and become a prosecution witness."

But with Flynn's background and the accusations about him, "no good prosecutor would ever put him on the witness stand."

Dershowitz also commented on the upcoming votes for tax reform and whether he thinks Democrats will approve of the tax cuts.

"I wish people would vote on the merits instead of just voting party line," he said. "We're becoming a country where no politician today is an individual thinker . . . people have to start thinking about what's good for American voters.

"And we need tax reform, but we need tax reform that helps the poor as well as what helps bring jobs to America."

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Democrats must become more centrist and find some "new faces" to have any hope in the 2020 presidential race, and rallying behind Sen. Bernie Sanders is not the answer, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Monday.
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