Axelrod: Democrats may have 'fling' with Sanders, settle down with Clinton
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Democratic voters might have a fun and flirty “fling” with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Manchin fires warning shot on plan to expand Medicare Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor MORE (I-Vt.) and his dark-horse candidacy during the early stages of the presidential primary, but they’ll eventually settle down with Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 MORE, former Obama aide David Axelrod said.

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“People have will have a fling with Bernie. Bernie is like a great fun date because you know he's not going to be around town too long, and I think you're going to see people flirt with that,” Axelrod, who also advised former President Clinton, said on MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

“But I think Hillary's fundamental approach reflects the mainstream of the Democratic Party. I think she’ll be the nominee of the party.”

Axelrod and the “Hardball” panel, which also included former Hillary Clinton speechwriter Lissa Muscatine, agreed that the two leading Democratic candidates both agree that income inequality is one of the biggest issues facing America. But Muscatine said their methods of addressing that issue differ and referenced Sanders’s Democratic Socialist approach.

“He’s more about redistribution of wealth; she’s more about growth for everyone, and having everybody having a bigger share of the pie,” Muscatine said.

“She’s about everybody getting more of it, and she’s been very clear about that, and he’s about more punitive ways of going about that.”

Sanders has emerged as Clinton’s top progressive foil in the Democratic field, as some progressives expressed worries she wouldn’t be able to represent their views. Clinton leads Sanders by large margins in the majority of polls, but he’s seen some momentum and is drawing significant crowds in early primary states.