Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump

Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump
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Former President Obama's ex-campaign manager Jim Messina said Wednesday that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.) would not be able to beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE if the two were to face off in the 2020 general election.

Messina said during an episode of ABC News's Powerhouse Politics podcast that Trump would be able to defeat Sanders by highlighting the economy to sway swing voters.

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"I think if you look at swing voters in this country, they are incredibly focused on the economy," Messina said. "I think today you look at it and say that Bernie Sanders is unlikely going to be able to stand up to the constant barrage that is Donald Trump on economic issues."

Messina also said Sanders is well positioned to win the Democratic nomination.

"If nothing else, he will definitely be one of the final two or three candidates who has a shot at the nomination," Messina said.

He added that he considers Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Calif.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Sanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet Poll: Biden, Sanders and Warren lead 2020 Democrats in New Hampshire Poll: Biden leads 2020 Democrats by 13 points, followed by Sanders, Warren and Harris MORE (D-Texas) to be the other leading contenders.

"I think we need to let this process play out," Messina said. "We're going to find out if Bernie Sanders can can move a message to both swing voters and his base. We're going to find out if Joe Biden is battle tested. We're going to figure out whether Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke and [South Bend, Ind.,] Mayor Pete [Buttigieg] have the magic we think they have."

Along with Biden, Sanders has been at the top of the Democratic field in early 2020 polling. His campaign raised the most money among Democratic candidates in the first quarter of 2019.