Democratic mega-donor reaching out to Pelosi, Schumer in bid to stop Sanders: report

Democratic mega-donor reaching out to Pelosi, Schumer in bid to stop Sanders: report
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Senior congressional Democratic leadership has been approached by a well-known mega-donor who encouraged them to endorse a Democratic presidential candidate who isn't Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersChris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Kamala Harris: The outreach Latinos need Biden and Harris seen as more moderate than Trump and Pence: poll MORE (I-Vt.), CNBC reports.

Bernard Schwartz, the CEO of BLS Investments, has recently reached out to both Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSusan Collins asks postmaster general to address delays of 'critically needed mail' Trump says he'd sign bill funding USPS but won't seek changes to help mail voting On The Money: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief agreement | Weekly jobless claims fall below 1 million for first time since March | Trump says no Post Office funding means Democrats 'can't have universal mail-in voting' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerIn the next relief package Congress must fund universal COVID testing Ocasio-Cortez's 2nd grade teacher tells her 'you've got this' ahead of DNC speech New poll shows Markey with wide lead over Kennedy in Massachusetts MORE (D-N.Y.), according to CNBC.

“We should know who is the best person to beat Donald Trump, and with all due respect, Bernie Sanders cannot beat Trump,” Schwartz told the network.

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“They have good political reasons not to endorse until the primary is over, but I think we are losing too much if we give up on this position,” Schwartz added.

According to CNBC, Schwartz didn't direct Pelosi and Schumer toward a specific alternative candidate, but he is a major backer of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Trump plans to accept Republican nomination from White House lawn US seizes four vessels loaded with Iranian fuel MORE's campaign.

Pelosi on Wednesday morning confirmed that she'd be comfortable with Sanders as the party's presidential nominee in November. Schumer on Tuesday also suggested that he would be comfortable with the Vermont senator as his party's nominee. 

"Look, the bottom line is very simple," Schumer said Tuesday when asked about Sanders's praise of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's literacy program. "We have a lot of strong nominees. ... I'm not supporting one over the other, but I think every one of them will beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE."

Other congressional Democrats have balked at the idea of Sanders, a longtime independent and self-proclaimed democratic socialist, being the party's nominee in the general election.

Sanders has surged to front-runner status after virtually tying for first in the Iowa caucuses and winning the nominating contests in New Hampshire and Nevada outright.

The last of the "early state" primaries takes place Saturday in South Carolina, followed by the delegate-rich Super Tuesday next week.