Boxer: Sanders appeals to young voters with grandpa effect
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Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list MORE (D-Calif.) said presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates MORE has been helpful to the Democratic Party by galvanizing young voters — possibly with help from his resemblance to that generation's grandfathers.

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“Bernie’s entry in the race I think was very helpful, because he was able to communicate to the young people who were longing to hear their grievances addressed,” Boxer said in an interview with SiriusXM’s Julie Mason. “There was a psychologist I heard who said that the young people look at Bernie as their grandpa. You know, ‘Oh it’s my grandpa and he’s gonna do great things for me.’ And so he connected with a whole group of voters who don’t ordinarily vote.” 

Boxer, a Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' MORE backer, added that she is optimistic that Sanders will help the party defeat presumptive GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE in the general election.

“Now I think what’s important now is that we unify once all the votes are in. And if we do unify and I take Bernie at his word, he said he’s gonna do everything in his power to keep Donald Trump out of the White House. If that’s fact, and I do believe it to be so, I think we’ll be fine," she said.

Boxer was booed by Sanders supporters as she gave a speech at the Nevada Democratic convention recently, where she later said she feared for her safety.