A socialist as president? Polls say …

By Cheryl Chumley

Bernie Sanders

As remarkable a showing as Donald Trump has been making in recent presidential polls, another in the Democratic camp has him handily beat – and it’s the self-declared socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

A recently released CNN/ORC survey showed Sanders, who’s running as a Democrat, is kicking it against Trump, beating him by roughly 20 points. Trump has been holding a double-digit lead over his Republican Party contenders for days now.

The same survey also shows Sanders bests Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by six or seven points, but is in a statistical tie against former Gov. Jeb Bush.

The Hill’s Brent Budowsky opines: The poll “may prove to be an outlier, but then again, maybe not.”

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He goes on: “The huge margin that Sanders holds over Trump makes it clear that America is in the summer of Sanders, not the summer of Trump, cable news obsessions with Trump notwithstanding. The fact that Sanders beats Walker by six to seven points … makes it clear that the Sanders surge is more than a surge against Donald Trump, but more than makes him competitive with all Republican candidates.”

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Bill Alexander.



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