April 20, 2018
This week saw Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders join two other rumored 2020 contenders, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), to cosponsor a separate bill that would legalize marijuana and withhold federal funding from states that continue to criminalize the drug and target minorities. One strategist argues the move isn’t for the sake of proving themselves more radical than their party leadership, or pushing the party further left, but to establish a strong record for themselves on marijuana.
“Are they trying to distinguish themselves from Schumer? No,” Rodell Mollineau, a political strategist and founder of Rokk Solutions, a communication strategies firm, told Newsweek. “They’re trying to distinguish themselves from the other 15 hypothetical candidates that will be running in 2020.”Read the full article at Newsweek