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Democrats in debate face challenge of responding to Trump’s incendiary tweets on race

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont spoke for many of his fellow Democratic presidential candidates last week when he answered a question about the best way to respond when President Trump says something “crazy racist.” Should Democrats respond and risk turning the campaign into a referendum on race and white identity politics? Or should they pivot quickly to their economic message? “I mean, who the hell knows?” Sanders said on the Pod Save America podcast. “You cannot ignore Donald Trump and his tweets and his lies. But if you become obsessed with them, I guarantee you will lose the election.”

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
The Washington Post
Topics: 
Democrats
2020 Election
Author Info: Michael Scherer
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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont spoke for many of his fellow Democratic presidential candidates last week when he answered a question about the best way to respond when President Trump says something “crazy racist.” Should Democrats respond and risk turning the campaign into a referendum on race and white identity politics? Or should they pivot quickly to their economic message? “I mean, who the hell knows?” Sanders said on the Pod Save America podcast. “You cannot ignore Donald Trump and his tweets and his lies. But if you become obsessed with them, I guarantee you will lose the election.”
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