Veteran Democratic strategist Tad Devine has signed on to a possible presidential bid by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Study finds Pfizer vaccine almost 91 percent effective for 5 to 11 year olds MORE (I-Vt.).
“If he runs, I’m going to help him,” Devine told The Washington Post. “He is not only a longtime client but a friend. I believe he could deliver an enormously powerful message that the country is waiting to hear right now and do it in a way that succeeds.”
The move is another sign that Sanders is likely to mount a presidential run. He faces extremely long odds against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary MORE in a Democratic primary but would be a voice for the left in the process.
Devine was a senior adviser to Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreMcAuliffe on 2000 election: 'I wish the United States Supreme Court had let them finish counting the votes' All Democrats must compromise to pass economic plans, just like 1993 Amy Coney Barrett sullies the Supreme Court MORE's presidential campaign in 2000 and John KerryJohn KerryQueen Elizabeth resting 'for a few days' after hospital stay Twenty-four countries say global net-zero goal will fuel inequality Queen Elizabeth recognizes Kerry from video message: 'I saw you on the telly' MORE's campaign in 2004. He has worked with Sanders in Senate campaigns.
Sanders told the Post that he will be returning to the critical presidential state of Iowa in December and talked up his previous visits, including speaking to a packed church there in September.
“I’ve been there, I think, three times, and we’ve already drawn large turnouts,” Sanders said. “We work with grassroots progressives organizations, and they bring out a lot of working-class and middle-class people. On the last visit to Des Moines, we couldn’t get any more people in the church. There were about 450 people there.”
Sanders's campaign would be likely to take on a much more populist tone than Clinton's.
“People are angry and frustrated, and they want someone to speak to them,” Sanders said. “Democrats cannot run away from the simple reality that you have a billionaire class in America that is enormously greedy.”
Devine expressed optimism in Sanders's fundraising potential.
“In terms of fundraising, there would be real interest in him at the grassroots level,” Devine said. “He knows how to do the organizing that’s required. As a mass media person, I also think he would be a great television candidate. He can connect on that level.”