- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Wednesday that Sen. Bernie Sanders doesn’t stand a chance running for president in 2020 because of his far-left policies.

Speaking to CNN’s Kate Bolduan, the former Ohio governor said Mr. Sanders, a democratic socialist, and his “extreme” ideas won’t be on the winning ticket against President Trump next year.

“The key is, who’s gonna capture some lightning in a bottle?” Mr. Kasich said, Mediaite reported. “Who’s gonna have both the personality and the ability to talk about the major issues? And what are they? Income inequality, obviously, the need to have healthcare for people — these are the issues that worked for the Democrats in the midterm.

“The question is, can they pick somebody for ‘20 who’s not gonna be extreme?” he said. “Because their base is, like, they’re way out there. And that’s not going to work for them.”

Ms. Bouldan then asked for Mr. Kasich’s thoughts on a column by The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, who labeled Mr. Sanders “the Trump of the left.”

Bernie Sanders isn’t going to be president,” Mr. Kasich responded. “It’s just not gonna happen. I’ve just gotta call them like I see them, Kate. He’s too far to the left. He’s just way out there. And that is not where people are.

“People don’t like that left wing ideology. They don’t like a lot of right-wing ideology either,” he added. “What we’re seeing today is sort of an absence of really exciting, new ideas. And that’s where these candidates have to go.”

According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Mr. Sanders is in second place trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, who has yet to formally announce a 2020 presidential run.

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