Bernie's ‘Surge’ Unexpected

Jul 8, 2015

Vermont State Senator Bernie Sanders is quickly gaining popularity in the polls in his race for the democratic nomination for President, and his rise is definitely unexpected. That's according to Drake University Professor and Harkin Institute Flansburg Fellow Dennis Goldford. 

"There is always this fight between the purists and the pragmatists," he says. "You see this all over the Republican Party. Hillary Clinton has always been associated with this more centrist democratic candidate and has always been seen as not being very liberal. There is a segment of the democratic party who wants a strong liberal, and they didn't get Elizabeth Warren. They're looking to Bernie Sanders."

During this Politics Day version of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Goldford and Drake University Associate Professor of Political Science Rachel Caufield.