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Vermont Senator Wants Obama to Face Primary Challenger
FoxNews.com ^ | July 24, 2011

Posted on 07/24/2011 8:37:09 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a radio interview that he's thinking about trying to encourage somebody to run against President Obama in a primary election, claiming the president has drifted toward Republican positions because "no one will stand up to him."

Republicans hardly feel that Obama is on their side. House Speaker John Boehner, after splitting off from White House-led debt talks, said Sunday that they are almost "from two different planets."

But Sanders, an Independent, said Friday that the president is not living up to his campaign commitments on issues like Social Security -- reflecting a concern among some Democrats that Obama is willing to negotiate away changes to entitlements to appease Republicans.

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"There are a lot of smart honest, progressive people who I think can be good presidents," he said. "This is an issue ... we are beginning to talk about a little bit."

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: 112th; 2012demprimary; berniesanders; bho2012; buyersremorse; democrat; obama; primary; sanders
Bernie's theory must be that a primary challenge from the left might fool a few folks into believing 0bama could be even more of a commie than he is.
1 posted on 07/24/2011 8:37:13 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck
"There are a lot of smart honest, progressive people who I think can be good presidents," he said.

Really? Name ONE.

2 posted on 07/24/2011 8:39:15 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Hunton Peck

“Progressive”: canceling the Shuttle Program and offering the Chevy Volt..


3 posted on 07/24/2011 8:40:08 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Sun-Tzu/Atilla 2012)
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To: Hunton Peck

Bernie sanders is an avowed socialist. He admits it. No mention of this fact in any of the articles I’ve read. He is not an independent.


4 posted on 07/24/2011 8:41:17 PM PDT by coop223
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To: Hunton Peck

I suspect that Sanders is simply trying to make Obama seem ‘moderate’ so that he can snow-over the Republicans again.


5 posted on 07/24/2011 8:42:42 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: Hunton Peck

More shades of LBJ when the party leadership told him in no uncertain terms he wasn’t going to win so don’t even try to run again.


6 posted on 07/24/2011 8:43:57 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: coop223

Yep, and Sanders is dissapointed because Obama is not liberal enough.

I would like to think that Obama could have a primary fight on his hands, but, don’t think it will happen. The most likely outcome would be like what happened in 1980, with Ted Kennedy challenging Jimmy Carter. The result was a split party and a landslide loss to Reagan. Most Democrats realize that Obama’s their best chance to hold the White House.

Though a primary spectacle on the Democrat side would be fun to watch play out.


7 posted on 07/24/2011 8:44:45 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Hunton Peck

A primary challenger for Obama? I nominate Mitt Romney.


8 posted on 07/24/2011 8:45:51 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Hunton Peck
"from two different planets."

Bernie Sanders is from Bizarro World, so that is something like another universe.

9 posted on 07/24/2011 8:46:30 PM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: Hunton Peck
Actually, even a short trip to the fetid pool known as DU will tell you that the Progressive Left is furious with Obama for "selling out".

For them any cut to the "big three" (SS, Medicare, Medicaid) is a treasonous act worthy of trial and execution.

10 posted on 07/24/2011 8:49:19 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: mnehring

Time to resusitate Hillary for a last gasp.
Clintons to the rescue.... Huhzaaa
Al Gore too.... Excelsior


11 posted on 07/24/2011 8:51:38 PM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: unixfox
There's not even any "progressive" who meets any one of those criteria, including being progressive in any meaningful sense.
12 posted on 07/24/2011 8:56:05 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

It would be wonderful if Vermont and Massachusetts would secede and become their own little Commie country. I can dream, can’t I?


13 posted on 07/24/2011 8:57:09 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: Hunton Peck

Go with Dennis Kucinich - he’s always good for a laugh.


14 posted on 07/24/2011 8:57:46 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: BobL
I suspect that Sanders is simply trying to make Obama seem ‘moderate’ so that he can snow-over the Republicans again.

Bingo! This is part of a well choreographed script to make Obama seem reasonable in the current spending debate.

15 posted on 07/24/2011 9:03:00 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: Pining_4_TX
It would be wonderful if Vermont and Massachusetts would secede and become their own little Commie country.

I would be happy enough just to see them secede.

16 posted on 07/24/2011 9:04:04 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

It’s not that Barry isn’t liberal enough. More like he’s just a weak, ineffectual empty suit. He’s never really had to work for a living, never had any experience running anything, well, other than his TelePrompTer driven mouth.

He’s swimming in the deep end, and he should be in the kiddie wading pool. You know, the kind you blow up, and fill with a garden hose so the two year olds can splash about.

Lo and behold, the empty suit, isn’t actually wearing one.


17 posted on 07/24/2011 9:13:36 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Pining_4_TX

Vermont is a funny state. You know that, as a resident, you can buy a gun and carry it without a permit? And oddly enough, it has a fairly low crime rate.

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.


18 posted on 07/24/2011 9:21:33 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Hunton Peck

Bernie’s preferred candidate, Karl Marx, is dead however


19 posted on 07/24/2011 9:21:49 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Hunton Peck

Too bad Che is dead -

If he was alive he could mount a challenge from Barack’s right.


20 posted on 07/24/2011 9:22:50 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: coop223

That’s the issue I just don’t understand.... How does one swear upon a Bible to uphold the Constitution of the United States and run as an avowed socialist? Our forebears knew how to deal with this.


21 posted on 07/24/2011 9:23:34 PM PDT by printhead
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To: AFreeBird

It has a fairly low crime rate for a reason I am not allowed to mention. It’s not PC.


22 posted on 07/24/2011 9:24:30 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: AFreeBird

Good points.

I think Obama may be the first president ever elected who had no prior management or executive experience before becoming president.

I think part of Obama’s ongoing problems are that he doesn’t know how to be a leader. He doesn’t know how to be a manager. He doesn’t know how to run an office, or delegate authority. He doesn’t know how to manage and supervise people.

Yep, in many ways he’s an empty suit. It’s sadly amazing that his very first management or executive responsibilities of any kind are in his current job as president of the United States.


23 posted on 07/24/2011 9:28:00 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Hunton Peck

Some folks thought Russ Feingold might do this.


24 posted on 07/24/2011 9:28:25 PM PDT by jocon307 (Irish grandmother rolls in grave yet again)
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To: bossmechanic

Hillary to the rescue????

She recently said she’s leaving as Sec. of State after Obama’s first term, whether he’s re-elected or not. She said she’s worn out and wants to spend time with the family and friends.

Bill even said that Hillary wants to be a grandmother more than she ever wanted to be president.

Unless we think that Hillary would lie, or not accurately state what she really wants to do.


25 posted on 07/24/2011 9:30:58 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: AFreeBird

Vermont is full of former New York liberals, however, Vermont also has few of the certain types of people who join gangs and lay waste to our inner cities. So crime may be relatively low due to the lack of those who commit the most crimes. But politically, they have trended away from the old traditional New England conservatism.


26 posted on 07/24/2011 9:34:14 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Pining_4_TX

I think I know the reason for Vermont having a low crime rate. You’re right, we have to be politically correct and so we can’t talk about that.


27 posted on 07/24/2011 9:35:18 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Hunton Peck
There has to be a Kennedy around who's not in rehab to spoil the primary for Jimmy Carter 2.0 just as Fat Ted did for Jimmy Carter 1.0.
28 posted on 07/24/2011 10:02:45 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Dems demanding shared sacrifice are like Aztec priests doing it while cutting out my heart.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I don’t really think there’s anything wrong with pointing out that there’s a disproportionately high crime rate amongst the black community. It’s a commonly known and often-cited fact.


29 posted on 07/24/2011 10:04:12 PM PDT by heysean
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To: Hunton Peck

Why yes, yes oblabla is definitely drifting more into the Right and the Republican camp each and every day. Bernie needs to be listened to and well considered to. There have to be better and more progressive candidates that the demorats can nominate than oblabla.

I think Bernie has one heck of an idea and that finding someone much more to the Left of oblabla is a sure fire way to win the election and promote a progressive agenda.

sarcasm way off


30 posted on 07/24/2011 10:20:38 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: Hunton Peck

I knew that this was coming, riding in on a broomstick!


31 posted on 07/24/2011 10:33:29 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Forget impeachment- Extradite obama, biden, napolitano, muller, clinton and holder. Country saved!)
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To: Mariner
For them any cut to the "big three" (SS, Medicare, Medicaid) is a treasonous act worthy of trial and execution.

Though they cheered for the half-a-trillion dollars carved out of Medicare to help fund Obamacare...

32 posted on 07/24/2011 10:33:56 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: matthew fuller
I knew that this was coming, riding in on a broomstick!

Got to remember, the *old witch* ain't what she used to be and her *husband* ain't much better himself.

33 posted on 07/24/2011 10:39:22 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: Pining_4_TX

And a wonderful dream it`d be! I say separate the 50-mile wide coastal sliver of CA, from just north of SF to the southern reaches of L.A. County packing, too.


34 posted on 07/25/2011 2:51:42 AM PDT by ScottinVA (As a party that gives Obama what he wants, what again is the GOP`s 2012 selling point?)
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To: jocon307

I`d heard that too, but I think he`s eyeing Herb Kohl`s senate seat in WI. Early polls showed Feingold winning that one in a walk.


35 posted on 07/25/2011 2:55:26 AM PDT by ScottinVA (As a party that gives Obama what he wants, what again is the GOP`s 2012 selling point?)
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To: Hunton Peck

I will say this, Boehner has said it in a Number of His speeches that he and the President are from two different Planets,they have two separate ideologies,THEY are NOT compatible,Period end of Story.
Now I dont know if he Realizes it but that is the Theme that the 2012 election should be about . There is No and never has been this Crap called Bipartisanship,its a Fraud just a Game for those in Washington to Pit US THE Americaan People against each other. So we have to find out if there still is a Majority that still have a Desire for Freedom and Individual Liberty,the Election SHOULD be Framed with that in Mind and YES you DO Question Peoples Patriotism. If we Dont, That will be Redefined and Disappear with all the Common Sense and SHAME which has Gone from the Planet Earth


36 posted on 07/25/2011 3:51:51 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: coop223
Bernie sanders is an avowed socialist. He admits it. No mention of this fact in any of the articles I’ve read. He is not an independent.

My thoughts too - how can someone that thinks Obama is too far RIGHT be considered an independent? More of a media hit piece to try to rally the left wing of the dims with built-in rationales in case someone tries to speak the truth. Most of the "news" is like that these days.

37 posted on 07/25/2011 4:40:12 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Hunton Peck

38 posted on 07/25/2011 4:43:54 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Yea, I’m familiar with Vermont. Have family from there.


39 posted on 07/25/2011 5:08:53 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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