Boxer: Sanders appeals to young voters with grandpa effect
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Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerFormer California senator prods Feinstein to consider retirement Trump decries 'defund the police' after Boxer attacked Former Sen. Barbara Boxer attacked in California MORE (D-Calif.) said presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersIn Washington, the road almost never taken Don't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble 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 ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE backer, added that she is optimistic that Sanders will help the party defeat presumptive GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump 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.