Sanders aide: Biden stronger with white, working-class men than Clinton

A former aide to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Sanders calls for social distancing, masks and disinfection on planes as flights operate at full capacity Nina Turner addresses Biden's search for a running mate MORE (I-Vt.) on Monday said that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage The Memo: Trump grows weak as clock ticks down Nina Turner addresses Biden's search for a running mate MORE performs stronger with white, working-class men than Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarville repeats prediction that Trump will drop out of race What's behind Trump's slump? Americans are exhausted, for one thing Trump campaign reserves air time in New Mexico MORE did in 2016.

Chuck Rocha, a senior adviser to Sanders’s 2020 bid, told Hill.TV that blue-collar men approve of Biden much more than they did of Clinton in her White House bid.

“We saw over and over in our polling that he performed better than her there, so he’s got to take advantage of that and get more of that,” he said. 

Rocha, who is also the president and founder of Solidarity Strategies, said the former vice president has to even out his advantage among white, working-class men with his disadvantages among Latinos, people under 35 and some working-class, educated white women.

“But there’s time to make that up,” he said. “A lot of that is going in and having a conversation.”

The former adviser said he expects campaign consultants to be “super focused” on getting the support of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE voters, who had once voted for former President Obama, instead of younger and more diverse demographics. 

“You can spend that money in black and brown neighborhoods and reaching out to the youth and get so much more of a turn on your dollar,” he said. “But a regular establishment consultant won’t do that because it’s outside the norm of how you’re really supposed to run a campaign.”

Sanders dropped out of the presidential race earlier this month, making Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee on the ticket in 2020.