After talking up former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s shot at winning the presidency with an independent run, former PA Gov. Ed Rendell is reassuring Democrats across the state and country that he will support their nominee.
In an interview with the New York Times over the weekend, Rendell said Bloomberg would have a legitimate chance if Democrats nominate Bernie Sanders and Republicans name Donald Trump at the top of their ticket – but he has since changed his tune.
“I like Bernie Sanders. I think he’s a good guy. He’s got a good heart,” Rendell told Chris Brennan of the Inquirer. “I think I would almost certainly stay with the Democratic nominee, even if he is a socialist.”
Rendell, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has supported Hillary Clinton for years and is working to alleviate some of the fears surrounding her campaign. With Bernie Sanders gaining in polls from Iowa and New Hampshire, some are drawing comparisons to now-President Barack Obama’s unlikely success in the early states in 2008.
“I’ve reminded Clinton backers that New Hampshire changes like the wind. I told people, ‘Stay cool, don’t panic,’” Rendell said in an interview with POLITICO’s Gabriel Debenedetti. “My Philadelphia-area Clinton donors are a little nervous. But most donors know a little bit about politics, a little bit sometimes hurts.”