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BY: Haris Alic
South Carolina Democrats are expressing displeasure about an upcoming visit by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) amid fears the self-described socialist's message will prove too extreme and off-putting in the ruby red state.
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On Wednesday, only one day after Sanders announced he would be hitting the campaign trail for Democratic candidates on the ballot this year, high-ranking members of the South Carolina Democratic Party made it known that not everyone welcomed the senator's visit, the Associated Press reported.
Amanda Loveday, a former executive director of the South Carolina Democratic Party, indicated that Sanders' decision to journey to South Carolina ahead of the midterms struck her as "selfish," especially as the senator is speculated to be weighing another run for the White House in 2020.
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"I just think it's extremely selfish of Bernie Sanders to think he could walk into South Carolina without an invitation from a candidate and think he's going to be welcomed with open arms," Loveday said. "It's hard for me to think of an actual, legitimate Democratic candidate who would stand on stage with him here."
While the senator is scheduled to campaign for both House and Senate candidates alike between now and election day, his appearance in South Carolina on Oct. 20 is on behalf of Our Revolution, the advocacy organization that spun off from his failed 2016 presidential bid. On the date in question, Sanders is slated to be the keynote speaker at a "Medicare for All Rally" hosted by organization.
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The views espoused by Loveday and other members of South Carolina's Democratic leadership underscore the issues that hampered Sanders' previous presidential bid.
During the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, Sanders' spirited challenge to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton caught fire in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, where the senator posted impressive showings. Democratic...
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