Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sunday called newly registered Arizona independent Senator Kirsten Cinema a “corporate Democrat” and a blocker of Democratic law after resigning from the party last week. accused as
“She has her reasons,” Sanders said when asked about her decision to leave the Democratic Party during Cinema’s State of the Union address on CNN.
“I happen to think it has a lot to do with Arizona politics, but Democrats helped thwart some of the most important laws that protect the interests of working families and voters. Not so keen on someone…rights, etc.,” said the democratic socialist.
When asked if Cinema had the “courage” to take on powerful special interests, Sanders continued to criticize Cinema for how she voted for the Democratic bill.
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“She’s a corporate Democrat, in fact, with Sen. [Joe] Manchin thwarted a very important law,” Sanders said of Cinema.
The former presidential candidate may endorse the Democratic challenger if he is nominated to take on cinema in 2024.
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“I support progressive candidates across this country, people who have the courage to take on powerful particular interests,” Sanders said. We’ll see who to nominate, but it’s definitely something I’d seriously consider.”
Cinema was first elected in 2018, defeating then-Republican Rep. Martha McSally in a close contest.
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Arizona law does not allow her to run as a candidate for a particular political party if she is an independent, so in the 2024 general election she will not be eligible to run for future Democratic and Republican nominations. You may be forced to run for office. Second term.
Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie contributed to this report.