Bernie Sanders Complicates the 2016 Democratic Presidential Race

Jun 3, 2015

When Democratic Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders declared his candidacy, Hillary Clinton gained some competition. Sanders, who had only 8% support from Democrats in an April Quinnipiac poll, is now polling at 15%. 

While some believe Sanders' run may be harmful to Clinton's campaign, Dennis Goldford, Professor of Political Science and the Flansburg Fellow for The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University, says the move could bode well for her.

"If there's a strong challenge from Sanders, that will enable her, for the general election, to position herself as not the most liberal Democrat. Republicans would try to paint her that way but she could do the kind of Clintonian triangulation that hardcore Democrats don't really like. She'd say 'Look, I'm not a Republican but I'm not as extreme as Bernie Sanders, is either.'"

On this Politics Day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Goldford and with Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa, about Sanders, Lindsey Graham's announcement, and the end of Iowa's legislative session.