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The first Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday will give contenders struggling to break through in the crowded field an opportunity to step out of the shadow cast by front-runners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, who take the stage a day later.
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'Never has there been a presidential race as sprawling and wide-open as the 2020 Democratic primary. It would be a landscape entirely without a map, except that a small handful of battle-hardened veterans have navigated similar terrain before. At the kickoff of the primary debate season four years ago, no fewer than 16 candidates were jockeying for position in the largest Republican presidential field in history?only to end up being mowed down by Donald J. Trump in what became a slaughterhouse of a campaign. What?s in store for this year?s Democrats? To get an insider?s view, POLITICO Magazine invited four of the Republican strategists who managed those 2016 campaigns to a literal smoke-filled room in Washington to talk shop: Danny Diaz (Jeb Bush), Beth Hansen (John Kasich), Jeff Roe (Ted Cruz) and Terry Sullivan (Marco Rubio). Over drinks and cigars at the Civil Cigar Lounge, they unloaded about the difficulties of breaking through in a massive field, gossiped about the strengths and weaknesses of this Democratic crop, aired old grievances still lingering from 2016 and offered some tactical advice for how to face off against President Trump. The conversation below has been edited for length and clarity. Check out the audio in the newest edition of POLITICO?s Off Message podcast. On Debates and Campaign Strategy Tim Alberta: Here we are, heading into the first Democratic debates of the 2020 cycle. Four years ago, all of you were walking into Quicken Loans Arena for the first Republican presidential debate of the last campaign. What are your most vivid memories from that night? And what were your strategies going in? Terry Sullivan: We were trying to walk this fine line because, up until that point, we were very much seen as the candidate who could give inspirational speeches and was expected to shine at the debates. But at the same time, our campaign strategy, for better or worse, was to try to fly as much beneath the radar as humanly possible. To not put a huge bull?s-eye on us. To not run out there on Day One and become the front-runner. Also, we sure as heck didn?t have the resources financially to become a front-runner. So, what was running through your head is?do well, meet expectations, do not beat expectations and don?t break away. It was kind of a weird way to walk into it, but we weren?t looking for a breakaway moment; we were looking to check the box, keep our head down and keep moving. Jeff Roe: I think, at this stage of their campaign, maybe somebody will have a moment against Biden. They?d be smart to do that. He?s starting to drop. If they want to bring him all the way down, they ought to. But in our campaign, we called it ?rubbing paint.? You know, a NASCAR reference?kind of trade a little paint in the corners. That wasn?t our game. We were playing golf at that time: right down the fairway, play your own game. There was no Greco-Roman wrestling. You had 7? minutes of actually speaking, so be a strong conservative and just play your game and try not to make any mistakes. Remember, we almost didn?t make the debate stage. And if we had gotten relegated to the second debate, Ted was going to drop out. Tim Alberta: Going into these first Democratic debates, who do you all think has the most pressure on them? Terry Sullivan: I think there are two. It?s Mayor Pete, whose last name I can?t pronounce, and it?s Beto. Because those two are the most a creation of the media, the D.C. media. And so, if they can?t meet expectations, it?s the end of them. Whereas Biden could totally crap the bed, but he?s still going to make [future] debates. Beth Hansen: I completely agree with that, and I might put somebody like Kamala Harris in there. These are people who voters don?t know a lot about. People know something about Biden; they know something about Sanders; they think they know something about Warren. They know something about those people. It?s these other people where it?s, ?Oh, I think I like that person. Let me see.? Those are the people who are going to have to come out and make that first impression. Danny Diaz: I think it?s the people who are worried about making it through the summer and being on the stage in the fall. It?s pretty clear that Sanders is going to be on the stage, and it?s pretty clear that Biden is going to be on the stage. I think if you?re Kamala or Warren, you?ve got to be like a really good rebounder in a basketball game. You?ve got to hang around the hoop, and you?ve got to get rebounds. I think [for] the folks that aren?t going to make the stage in September ? they need to change the game for themselves so that they?re viable. They?re hoping just to make it until the early states [begin voting], and then it?s a totally different game. Terry Sullivan: It?s an expectations game more than anything else. At the end of the day, perfect example, we finished third in Iowa. Jeff Roe / Danny Diaz: [Loud and indiscernible mocking of Sullivan, whose campaign famously took a victory lap after Rubio?s third-place showing in Iowa.] Terry Sullivan: Hold on, though! It wasn?t an accident that we finished third in Iowa, and we got a ridiculous amount of press. We got more press than the first or second did. The point is that it was about expectations. Beth Hansen: It always is. Jeff Roe: I hate to agree with Terry, but I owe him one. If Robert Francis [Beto O?Rourke?s given name] has a bad night, that?s real bad. It reinforces the trend line where he starts at 11 and he ends up at 4. He?s at 2 nationally. He has to fix it. Mayor Pete, same thing. Reinforce his trend line up. He?s going from nothing to 13 in Iowa, I think it was an 8 nationally. But I think there?s another contingent, which I think, as you were describing, [is] Kamala. She?s kind of the best political athlete in the field. She seems to have the diversity of being able to speak to donors, be able to speak to the press, be able to speak to grassroots. She?s got a core competency around an issue. She has experience. All of us had great candidates, but Marco was the best natural political athlete in the field. I think he had a lot to prove? Terry Sullivan: So, you?re saying it?s my fault we lost? Everyone: [Indiscernible shouting, finger-pointing.] Beth Hansen: As we sit here talking about the debates, talking about the process of the debates, taking a step back: At the end of the day, is this the best way? I?m not saying I have a better idea, but my God, are the debates really the best way? Those debates with 11 people on the stage? Were they really a good way to indicate who is going to be a good leader of this country? On the Democratic Contenders Tim Alberta: Is there a comparison that any of you see at this early stage for your candidates in this 2020 field? Somebody who you look at and you say, ?Boy, they sort of remind me a little bit of the candidate I had and the sort of campaign we were running?? Beth Hansen: I?m going to have to take a minute to think of that because it does not come to mind. Because what we had was experience, and not only at the state level, the popular governor of a big, diverse state; we had 18 years of congressional experience. And at the end of the day, [Kasich] was a Midwestern populist and he was a good communicator and that was the package we had, and I don?t see that in a Democrat. Terry Sullivan: The better question might be how do we see each other?s candidates? Because [all] of us are going to say our candidate was unique and special. I can say, ?John Kasich is Elizabeth Warren. Has zero chance of winning and 100% chance of spoiling another candidate.? Tim Alberta: OK, that?s a better game. I already made the Biden-Bush comparison, Danny. What do you think? Are any of these folks reminding you of anyone? Danny Diaz: That?s easy for me quite obviously because he wears the weight of being the front-runner out of the gate. I do notice [that] Warren has placed a premium on policy and ideas at least thus far in her effort, and we played to our candidate?s strength, which was ideas and policies and experience. And I see her doing that once again, with the caveat that [Bush and Warren] couldn?t be more different. Tim Alberta: What do you think, Jeff? Jeff Roe: I?ve got Jeb and Joe, Cruz-Sanders, Kasich-Bullock, Rubio-Harris. Tim Alberta: Wait, Kasich-Bullock? Walk us through that. Jeff Roe: So, he?s just like a genteel governor who talked a lot about being governor. Bullock?s talking a lot about being governor. It used to be the path to salvation to be president is you?re a governor, not a senator. He?s a moderate, and he?s going to try this kind of statesman route, which there?s not a lot of oxygen for outside your own state. Tim Alberta: Jeff, you talked about Kamala Harris, in your opinion, being the best political athlete in the field. My question to you all is, regardless of whether they?re underperforming or overperforming at this point in the race, whose campaign would you want to manage just based on raw political talent? Beth Hansen: Possibly Kamala Harris. Danny Diaz: I?m conflicted in the answer for this reason: I think the mayor thus far has vastly exceeded expectations. I question the durability of that and? Beth Hansen: I was going to say the same? Danny Diaz: It?s very hard for me not to answer the question with [Sanders], the person who took the Clinton operation to two minutes left in the fourth quarter. He has the organization built-in. He has the message built-in. He has the money built-in. He has kind of a lot of energy on his side, and these are people who believe they were jilted, and he has a strong, strong message. Superdelegates and the establishment running the process and whatnot?he can push that button, push it with a high degree of frequency and yield a response that is favorable to his side. Tim Alberta: What do you say, Terry? You already had the best athlete in ?16 and Jeff says you screwed it up. Terry Sullivan: The two that are exceptional candidates aren?t going to surprise you: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The knock on Joe Biden is that he?s an old guy and he says stupid things. But this general election is genetically engineered for Joe Biden, because he won?t be the oldest guy, and no way in hell is he saying the stupidest things. Donald Trump is a match made in heaven for him. [Biden?s] a good politician, and he?s designed for this race. He appeals to that disenfranchised Archie Bunker. He can win those back from Trump. The person I think is going to surprise everybody is Cory Booker. Not out of anything he?s done so far, but he?s a damn good candidate back to when he was mayor of Newark. The media may move on because he doesn?t seem as sexy at the moment, but I think he might have some ability to really kick it into next gear. And I think Kamala Harris is going to go the distance. The African American community is the single biggest bloc in the Democratic nominating process, full stop. Tim Alberta: Especially by virtue of the new primary calendar, the way that it?s organized? Terry Sullivan: I mean, just raw vote totals. It matters. And so, the question becomes can Biden wrestle enough African American votes away from Kamala, or does she win it by overperforming with African Americans but also doing really well with the rest of? Danny Diaz: As of today, he?s doing it in South Carolina. Terry Sullivan: That?s what I?m saying. That?s why I put him as the best candidate. They figured it out. Biden knows that basically his nomination largely depends on his ability to communicate with African American voters, specifically in the South. Tim Alberta: Let?s talk about Biden a little bit. He?s treated in some quarters of the Democratic Party as a front-runner, if not a prohibitive front-runner, for some of the reasons that you all were mentioning: The combination of name ID, big donor support and establishment backing casts a shadow over the rest of the field. But the doubts come into play when we get to this discussion about whether he?s in step with today?s Democratic Party. Danny, you faced a similar situation with Jeb Bush. When you look at the Biden campaign?his handling of the Hyde Amendment, for instance?what is your advice to them? What warning would you give the Biden campaign, so they don?t suffer the fate of Jeb Bush four years ago? Danny Diaz: You have to have a theory of the race, and you have to pursue it. And from his standpoint, he?s wearing the colors of the front-runner. He?s on a stage with nine other people. There?s one commonality among those nine, and it?s bringing him down. And he?s got to navigate that. But what does he have working for him? He has working for him, once again, March 3 [Super Tuesday]. You?ve got, what is it, like 13 states? Half of the delegates are almost decided in Texas and California alone, and he can run a big campaign. He can run a well-financed campaign. He?s got a pretty good foil in the president of the United States, and he understands that. So, he needs to maintain continuity. That?s his goal, and the longer he maintains continuity, the more of the doubters he brings into the fold. What works against him is he?s been around forever. He has said things, voted on things and done things that he doesn?t recollect, and all of those are going to come to bear. Terry Sullivan: He?s a 747 that?s tough to get off the ground, but once it gets off the runway and clears the trees, it?s tough to bring it down. Beth Hansen: And that will be key for him. You say continuity, and I say it?s almost remaining presidential. Just stay above?to the extent that you can?stay above the rest of that fray and not get dragged into it. That is his winning ticket, and the fact that he is the most likely to be able to defeat Trump next November. Jeff Roe: So, I didn?t get to answer the first one, whose campaign I?d like to run. Tim Alberta: Well, I assumed that because Kamala Harris is the best athlete? Jeff Roe: She is, but I?d like to do Sanders. First of all, Kamala is going to be on the ticket no matter what? Terry Sullivan: Because Sanders is just as crazy as Ted. [Hooting and heckling] Jeff Roe: Kamala is going to be on the ticket, so that would be kind of fun. But Sanders is being undervalued. He?s an undervalued stock. It could be a lot of fun. And I think I could actually?I don?t know. He might be as bad as they say he is as a person, but Biden can only underperform. I think Biden is really overvalued as a front-runner. I feel like his ceiling, which he just reset at the highest poll, is at 41. He can?t get 41, so he can really only underperform. I think his floor-ceiling is a real problem for him, whereas with Sanders, he?s probably got a ceiling of 35 and a floor of 25. I also think that Biden is really playing out his hand poorly. He?s running a Rose Garden strategy. I would actually saturate and try and be their [version of] Trump in this race. When he does a gaggle, when he does the pizza parlor, when he does whatever, it?s him. I don?t think Rose Garden is going to work for Biden. I think I?d saturate and suck up all of the oxygen. I think he?s more Trump than anybody else they have for the earned media impressions. Terry Sullivan: Yeah, it?s all about earned media impressions, period. When we measured and I?m sure other guys did and gals did here, but we measured the impressions on the target universe in our analytics every single week for the life of the campaign that we were in it, and from the day that Trump went down that escalator to the day that we stopped measuring when we dropped out, he had more earned media impressions every single week than every other candidate earned and paid media combined, except for two weeks. Tim Alberta: Was one of those weeks when Marco accused him of having small hands? Terry Sullivan: No, no, no, because we were talking about him , No. 1. No. 2, everybody asks, ?Oh, what was the week?? Nobody knows. He was playing golf. It wasn?t because anybody else did anything smart. It was that? Tim Alberta: Trump took a little breather. Terry Sullivan: Yeah, he took a breather. It had nothing to do with anything else.?? On the DNC Primary Rules Tim Alberta: The Democratic National Committee is fighting a war that many felt was lost by the RNC back in 2016, about how to manage a primary field with a historic number of candidates. You four were running campaigns in a field of 17; the Democrats have even more this time around. Are these new DNC rules governing the debates and superdelegates going to be effective? Or do you expect unintended consequences? Danny Diaz: I do think the qualifications are the big difference between ?16 and ?20, and I think ultimately it?s pretty clear that after the two summer debates, once they get to the fall, they?re going to narrow the [number] of the folks on the stage?and narrow it substantially. So, based on the qualifications that they?ve delineated, what?s going to be interesting here in Miami is going to be how aggressively people seize their moment. Tim Alberta: The DNC chairman, Tom Perez, is being much more aggressive than RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was four years ago in trying to winnow this field in a hurry. Basically, post-Labor Day, because of the debate requirements, there might only be five, six, seven candidates left who qualify for the stage. Terry Sullivan: Being so aggressive at limiting [the number of candidates] is only going to end up hurting the more establishment candidates. Joe Biden benefits from a 20-person field. An eight-person field hurts Joe Biden, and in the same way that the law of unintended consequences brought about Donald Trump on the Republican side. Beth Hansen: When you have arbitrary criteria that you?re [using], it might seem like a good idea now, but then after June and after July you?re stuck with the five or six candidates that you have, and you might want to rethink that. But by then, it?s too late. Part of running any campaign is this: It?s an arduous ordeal. It?s town halls and it?s donor meetings, and it tests those people who are going to be good at this. And I?m just not sure if cutting the field by that much that early on is actually going to be the best thing for them. Jeff Roe: It?s remarkable. I haven?t heard a lot of people talk about how intrusive the consequences of these [DNC] decisions on what their measurements are needed to get into the debates. When you?re telling somebody how much prospecting email they have to [send], when your entire campaign is based on money management, that?s a really intrusive trigger. It also ratchets up what I think they?re trying to avoid, which is their lurch left. You?ve got candidates who otherwise would be talking about, ?Well, I?m a capitalist, but I understand that we need to protect the underprivileged,? and now, they?ll just have to go full-blown [left], or they will be punished immediately on email and Facebook and the other ways that they traditionally raise money. And so, if they?re trying to incentivize a mainstream nominee, which it seems to me that they?re trying to do, I think they?re going about it the wrong way. Tim Alberta: To Beth?s point about this being a marathon and not a sprint, you think back on the Republican side, the winner of the Iowa caucuses in ?08 and ?12?Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, respectively?these guys were in single digits almost all the way until the final six to eight weeks, when they started to take off. You?re not going to be able to see anybody fly way below the radar like that for the next eight months and then pop in December, because they?re not going to be able to stay on the debate stage. Jeff Roe: I think what [the DNC] has done with the proportional delegates is interesting. And with the removal on the first ballot of superdelegates, they?ve incentivized effectively a 45-day campaign. But you can?t?with these requirements, a candidate can?t lay and build a framework to exercise a campaign to then have momentum at the right time. They?ll be washed out because of the process, because of what the requirements are from funding. If you have 120,000 donors and you?ve been cranking on it for six months and you?re 10,000 unique donors away from making the next debate stage, as we know, that takes 80 or 90 grand that you might not have. So now, you?re sacrificing [hiring] staff for online fundraising. Terry Sullivan: It?s not just that they?re making these campaigns contort themselves financially; it?s that they?re making them contort themselves on issues. It means the more of a bomb thrower you can be, the more likely you are to get hits online and the more dollars you?re going to raise. Tim Alberta: You need those viral moments. Terry Sullivan: You need those viral moments, so you?re going to become more and more extreme in what you?re saying in order to try to capture that. Beth Hansen: It?s almost counterintuitive: You?re chasing the very things that are going to make it difficult for you to be a good general election candidate, because you?re incentivized to chase those things to be able to continue to participate in the primary. Jeff Roe: So, the biggest differences are, because of the criteria being so stringent, it?s going to diminish substantially the number of people they can get on the stage. That?s No. 1. And I think No. 2 is the law of unintended consequences, i.e. superdelegates. The role that they play in the convention now, if the threshold, whatever it is?just under 1,900?is not met, then they basically come in and can anoint the nominee of the party. Tim Alberta: Yes. For all the talk of superdelegates being sidelined on the first ballot, they could play a more decisive role than ever. They can swing the entire second ballot. Jeff Roe: Yeah. On live TV. On the Democratic Primary Voters Tim Alberta: Let?s talk about the role ideology plays in all this. Trump proved that many Republican voters weren?t looking to the Club for Growth or the Wall Street Journal editorial board as their guiding light, ideologically speaking. They were looking for something that was a little bit more authentic and a little bit more populist. So, my question is: Do you all believe that the Democratic Party?s base is significantly farther to the left than they were four or eight or 10 years ago on a lot of these big issues? Or do you think that that?s all of us spending too much time on Twitter and CNN? Danny Diaz: Well, you?ve got to weigh what you need to say and what you think gets you there versus should you get the job in governing, right? And people may disagree with that, but there?s a reality to that and they?re operating in a post-AOC world. So, there?s a lot of energy on their side with respect to that. It?s going to force the dialogue in a direction where there?s one ultimate beneficiary and his initials are D.J.T., 100 percent. Terry Sullivan: I think the bigger thing is ? people don?t care about issues. They?re going to claim they care about issues. But we haven?t trusted our government in a long time. We don?t trust our financial institutions because God knows what they?re doing. We don?t trust our churches anymore because God knows what they?re doing. We?re in a situation now where people don?t trust anything or anyone, and what they want is some sense of authenticity. It doesn?t matter what you believe; it matters that you believe it. And they saw that with Trump because, in their mind, no one would say crap that crazy because it was poll-tested. He seemed authentic. It was his perceived authenticity that mattered. So, when he said something that was completely against Republican orthodoxy, he doubled down on it. He tripled down on it. And they?re like, ?Well, I don?t agree with it, but at least he?s not a politician.? Tim Alberta: So you don?t believe the Democratic base is moving farther to the left? Terry Sullivan: I believe they are; I just think it doesn?t matter on the issues. Beth Hansen: That?s exactly what I was going to say. Terry Sullivan: It?s personality-driven. Donald Trump did not get elected by his position on any issue at all, period. Jeff Roe: Well, that?s the general. But during the primary, they care. Terry Sullivan: Wait, wait. This is important. Ted was right on 10 times as many issues in the Republican primary electorate as Donald Trump. Jeff Roe: And we called him a liar for everything that he said?and he?s actually followed through. Everything he said on the debate stage [were] the right things. We just called him a liar because he had a record that didn?t back it up. Now, he?s actually done it which is why he?s got a 90 percent approval rating. Terry Sullivan: Yeah, but he?s all over the map on stuff. Jeff Roe: Not during the campaign. Over his 72 years of life, he has been, but in the campaign, he actually said all the right things. He said he would appoint judges that were pro-life; he had a record of not being that. He said that he was with the NRA on all gun rights, and he didn?t have a record of that. Terry Sullivan: I guess we didn?t talk about trade during the campaign. Tim Alberta: If the issues don?t matter in a primary, then why the rush to embrace Medicare for All, which was a fringe position in the Democratic Party 10 years ago? Why the rush to embrace the Green New Deal? Terry Sullivan: Because they?re missing the point. Because these candidates are missing the point, which is authenticity. People want a candidate that they can identify with, that they can believe in, that they believe is telling them the truth way more than one that agrees with them, whether they say it or not. Jeff Roe: If Bernie Sanders was a moderate Democrat, he?d be at zero. If Mayor Pete, by the way, was straight, he would be at zero. So, it does matter. Terry Sullivan: Mayor Pete being straight has nothing to do with where he?s at on the issues, and it has everything to do with whether they believe him. Danny Diaz: Well, it?s identity? Terry Sullivan: It?s identity. It?s identity. And that?s what I?m saying: Mayor Pete seems authentic. Mayor Pete is where he?s at because no one knows where the hell he?s at on the issues. Danny Diaz: It?s identity politics on their side. There?s a greater premium placed on it than our side, I think. And I do think the party has moved to the left. Beth Hansen: Yeah, that?s what I was agreeing with. I was actually not agreeing that issues don?t matter; I was agreeing that the Democrat Party has moved to the left. I actually think issues do matter, and that?s why they?re coming out with baby bonds and Medicare for All. They do matter, but the importance is the authenticity. The importance is whether or not what you?re saying is something that you believe in, and that?s where I think that Biden can actually?it?s not exactly a Rose Garden strategy, but if he can stay above the day-to-day fray and remind people that he has been a Democrat leader and somebody who is on their side and he can have that authenticity, he is going to end up being their nominee. Jeff Roe: And both can be right, by the way. You can be a liberal and authentic, and that?s probably who will be the nominee. Tim Alberta: We?ve talked a lot about Biden. We have not talked a lot about Bernie Sanders, the only other candidate in the Democratic primary who?s had that built-in floor of 18, 20, 22 percent nationally and in Iowa and New Hampshire polls. And look, these are two different races?the 2016 Republicans and 2020 Democrats?but I do think there are some parallels. And one big one for me is that I hear from a lot of Democrats, ?Look, even if this guy wins Iowa, even if he wins New Hampshire, the party is not going to let him be nominated.? They say they will pull out the stops, they will do something to keep him from being nominated. And damn, does that not sound familiar? Jeff Roe: It sounds awesome. [Laughter] Tim Alberta: No, but really, we heard this same thing with Donald Trump four years ago. So, is there any reason to believe that if Bernie Sanders gets that head of steam?let?s say he wins Iowa or New Hampshire or maybe both?can you see a scenario in which the Democrats succeed where the Republicans failed four years earlier, which is to have a bunch of candidates drop out and coalesce around an alternative because they don?t want Bernie to be their standard bearer? Terry Sullivan: Well, first of all, you?re never going to have a scenario where all the other candidates drop out, because you?re always going to have the John Kasich jackasses who are so fixated on their own ego that they can?t drop out to defeat the greater evil. Jeff Roe: There we go! There we go! [Beth Hansen rolls her eyes] Terry Sullivan: At the end of the day, look, Bernie Sanders is a niche candidate. The only reason he became a top-tier candidate is he was running against the worst candidate in the history of mankind. So, he ran against Hillary Clinton and still lost. You had a freshman senator with two years of experience who beat her the first time he ran for office. You had Donald Trump on the heels of all sorts of offensive stuff he said, and the lowest points of his campaign beat her. So, the fact that Bernie Sanders got close is not some sort of badge of honor. Danny Diaz: Well, I don?t think that guy is walking around with rose-colored glasses on. He knows he needs to meet the threshold on the first ballot on the convention floor or the thing will be taken away? Tim Alberta: Or those superdelegates will take it away from him. Danny Diaz: And who has?an open question?who has the operation in place at this juncture to do it? Jeff Roe: Biden, maybe. Tim Alberta: Beth, what do you make of Bernie Sanders? Beth Hansen: I think his time was four years ago, and I think that he has, to Jeff?s point about a floor-ceiling of 25, 35, I just don?t think that four years?he made a big splash then against Hillary Clinton, and he was so different from Hillary. Hillary was establishment. Hillary was mainstream, and he was?he was out there. Now, there is just competition for that out there, crazy space, and I just respectfully don?t think that he is going to take it as far four years later. There are too many other people. Jeff Roe: Sanders isn?t a niche candidate because he drives the agenda and he is authentic. Terry Sullivan: I agree with that. Jeff Roe: He ran a terrible campaign and actually was not in the campaign to win, as he self-expressed. He was in the campaign to advance his agenda. Now, he?s in the campaign to win. I just wouldn?t count the guy out because I think a lot of these other guys could really be flashes in the pan. Danny Diaz: Look, man, you get through these early four [states]. Durability, organization, playing in a bunch of states?this thing is not going to be decided before March 3, OK? And if you can put in place the team that can allow you to gain a bunch of delegates on March 3, which he does, to me, it?s very hard to just like to cross him off the list. Jeff Roe: And it?s who can get hot. I think this is a big thing about?it?s like the NCAA Tournament: Who actually has the ability to get hot and stay hot for 45 days? And he definitely has that. We?ve seen him do it. Terry Sullivan: But it?s tougher to get hot a second time. Beth Hansen: Yeah, that?s what I agree with. ?? On Defeating Donald Trump Tim Alberta: I?m sure that you?ve all wondered what could have been done differently to defeat Donald Trump. And I?m wondering, is there a weakness of his that was not exploited four years ag'
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'DJ LeMahieu didn’t just lead off the bottom of the first with a homer, he also had a third consecutive multi-hit game and extended his streak of getting on base to eight straight plate appearances before a strikeout in the third ended it on Tuesday. After LeMahieu’s offense propelled the Yankees to a 4-3 win..'
First-round pick Anthony Volpe made his pro debut with Pulaski in the Rookie League on Tuesday. The 18-year-old shortstop had a single, two walks and made a fielding error against Princeton. He was selected 30th overall earlier this month in the
'First-round pick Anthony Volpe made his pro debut with Pulaski in the Rookie League on Tuesday. The 18-year-old shortstop had a single, two walks and made a fielding error against Princeton. He was selected 30th overall earlier this month in the amateur draft out of Delbarton School in Morristown, N.J. The Yankees recalled Stephen Tarpley..'