- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 7, 2016

Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont believes his presidential campaign is poised for one of the greatest political upsets of all time, and he would “love, love, love” the opportunity to run against the Republican front-runner, businessman Donald Trump.

“It will be a dream come true for me, I would love, love, love to run against Donald Trump,” Mr. Sanders said on a conference call Thursday night hosted by Democracy for America, the grassroots political organization founded by Howard Dean.

“It’s not just this man’s arrogance, bigotry, the demagoguery he expresses in trying to divide us up … he’s a pathological liar, just says things that are outrageous that have no basis in fact,” said Mr. Sanders, a self-described socialist who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

Mr. Sanders cited Mr. Trump expressing in a recent Republican debate that wages in America are “too high” — a fact he’d like Mr. Trump to explain to those just getting by on $10 an hour. Mr. Sanders also called out Mr. Trump for proposing to give tax breaks to the richest in America and for thinking climate change was a hoax.

In recent days, Mr. Sanders has been arguing he’s the best suited Democratic candidate to win the general election. In the latest Quinnipiac poll, Mr. Sanders leads Mr. Trump in a head-to-head match up by 13 points, compared to Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton’s 7-point advantage.

In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, host George Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton campaign official and White House staffer, asked Mr. Sanders about the message being pushed by the Clinton campaign: That he can’t win the general election.

“Well, I would suggest that Secretary Clinton look at the last Quinnipiac poll, which has me leading Trump by a significantly higher margin than she does, and that’s true of other polls as well … I think we can do better against Trump or other Republicans than can Secretary Clinton.”

He said he can more convincingly push populist economic issues.

“The No. 1 reason I think is that the issues we are talking about, the disappearing middle class, massive levels of wealth and income inequality, the fact that Wall Street’s greed has had a huge impact on the lives of millions of people. People want leadership now to stand up to the big-money interests, protect working people. That’s what I’ve done my whole life.”

But to get that head-to-head match up, Mr. Sanders needs to make it out of the Democratic primary – a feat he thinks his campaign is primed for.

“We have a real path to victory,” Mr. Sanders said, to cause one of the “biggest political upsets in the history of the United States.”

Although the campaign is narrowly trailing Mrs. Clinton in Iowa, by the time of that state’s caucus Mr. Sanders believe they will have narrowed the gap, with a predicted win. He also predicts he’ll win New Hampshire and have good showings in Nevada and South Carolina.

“We stand a good chance to do well in the first four states, and with that momentum, we’ll do well in March,” Mr. Sanders said.

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