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I wanted to get a discussion going. It's all ramping up for the 2020 Democratic candidates, and two particular out of the 20 seem to be talked about the most in the media. Former Vice President Joe Biden is a solid favorite for the classic Democrats, and Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders is more popular with the progressive/liberal Democrats. They may be on the same side, but they are far from being cut from the same cloth. They want the same thing for the most part. They want to change the country from what it is today, and they both want Trump out of the White House. So what is the key difference?
Biden has been in the White House before. His style is very much what I'd call a status quo type of policy. Kind of like the Clinton days. Keep the country as happy as possible with incremental changes along the way. Some Democrats have argued that while he was vice president, changes were too incremental. Biden said:
"I helped make this government work before. And I can make it work again. To me, our principles must never be compromised. But compromise itself is not a dirty word. Consensus is not a weakness — it's a necessity. It's how this government was designed to work."
Essentially, Biden wants to hit rewind to the years before Trump became president. I'd say the jury is out on if that can ever be accomplished.
Sanders', however, is a radical shift from that of Biden. He doesn't want to bring the country back to "normalcy". He said in an interview with Meet The Press that while beating President Trump was "Number 1", it was "not enough." Another thing he said which I think encapsulates my point is:
"I understand that our campaign is unique in the sense that we're going to try to win the Democratic primary, that we are going to try to beat Trump, but you know what else we're going to try to do? We're going to try to transform the United States of America. ... So our campaign has a different goal. It's to transform this country, and we're taking on the entire establishment when we do that."
It's easy to see why more progressives favor him over Biden. If they were poker players, Biden would be a close-to-the-chest sort of player, and Bernie would be the aggressive bettor.
What other key differences are there do you think? Probably too many to list in one post, but could there be something more obvious that I missed?