- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The large crowds turning out to see presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders are a “good sign” for Democrats in 2016 rather than a bad sign for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Obama’s spokesman said Tuesday.

“Even from afar, it’s clear that there is a lot of energy on the Democratic side of the aisle,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “That’s a good sign.”

The Vermont independent who is seeking the Democratic nomination drew a crowd of about 7,500 to a rally in Maine Monday night. Last week, more than 10,000 people turned out to hear him at a rally in Wisconsin.

Asked if the big audiences turning out for Mr. Sanders were an ominous sign for Mrs. Clinton, who served as Mr. Obama’s secretary of state, Mr. Earnest punted.

“What impact that has on the candidacy of one candidate or another is something that I’ll leave to all of you,” he told reporters.

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