The editorial board for Vermont’s Barre-Montpelier Times Argus is begging Senator Bernie Sanders not to run for president in 2020, The Hill reported on Sunday.
Why? The reasons are many, but first and foremost the board does not want the Independent senator to risk unity within the Democratic Party by throwing his hat in the ring a second time.
"Bernie Sanders should not run for president. In fact, we beg him not to," the editorial board begins in a piece published on Saturday.
The editorial board, which endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, goes on to say that they have more reasons to be concerned than excited about another Sanders run for the White House. It writes about its fears that a Sanders run for president could divide "the well-fractured Democratic Party, and could lead to another split in the 2020 presidential vote."
"There is too much at stake to take that gamble," the board continues. "If we are going to maintain a two-party system, the mandate needs to be a clear one. There is strength in numbers, and if anything has been shown in recent years, it is that unless tallies are overwhelming, there can always be questions or challenges raised over what 'vote totals' really mean: popular vote vs. Electoral College results.”
The newspaper’s editorial board said it is a matter of principle, arguing that “it’s one thing to start a revolution” but one must know when it’s time “to step out of the way and let others carry the water for you."
Sanders’ “abrasive” demeanor also irritates the board, which likened his “no-nonsense approach” to President Donald Trump.
If Sanders does enter the race, he will join what is expected to be a crowded Democratic playing field.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have all floated the idea of running, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced the formation of an exploratory committee last week.
Others reportedly contemplating a run include Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).