(CNSNews.com) – On FNC’s America’s News Headquarters on Sunday, House Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) said “it's a very serious, serious issue if [Bernie] Sanders is our candidate,” and added, “I don't think there's any doubt” the Democratic Party will go down in flames if he is the nominee.
Garamendi was asked by host Eric Shawn, “Let me stick with Bernie Sanders. If your party nominates him, do you think the Democrats will go down in flames?”
“Yes, I don't think there's any doubt about it,” Garamendi, a Biden surrogate, responded. “The argument against Bernie has been made very, very effectively by Republicans, not just the president but also by the Republicans that I know here in California that would vote for Biden, but would not under any circumstance vote for Sanders.”
“And so it cuts across and the independents even more so,” said Garamendi. “The second biggest party in California now is the independent, the nonaligned voters out there. And they’re not going to go for Sanders. And so it's a very serious, serious issue if Sanders is our candidate.”
He continued, “Beyond that, I can tell you that across this country Democrats that took the Republican seats to give us the majority in Congress are very, very concerned about Sanders. Having to run with Sanders at the top of the ticket, they fear that they’re not going to get back to Congress.”
Garamendi added that “it’s a very real risk” Republicans could take back the House if Sanders is the nominee.
Earlier, Shawn had asked Garamendi, “So Congressman, do you think last night's overwhelming victory by Mr. Biden will boost him or will it, and can it, plump Bernie?”
“It will do both,” said Garamendi. “Clearly coming out of that election in South Carolina, Biden has the big momentum and he deserves it. He's the fellow that really can pull the government back together, that really can be the leader for the Democrats and be a very, very effective component against Trump.”
“Because Biden comes into this with extraordinary experience and frankly is needed in the government, international as well as national, understanding the way in which government can help people even in this crisis with the coronavirus,” said Garamendi.
“People are looking for somebody on the Democratic side that is capable of pulling together the various elements of government to protect us all, and that's Biden all the way through,” he said.
“So, yeah, Bernie is in trouble and Biden said it so very well,” Garamendi added. Democrats want a Democrat, they are not interested in having a socialist.”
As CNSNews.com previously reported, former Vice President Joe Biden won the South Carolina primary on Saturday taking 48.4 percent of the popular vote. Sanders finished in second place with 19.9 percent.
Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, currently leads with 60 delegates to Biden’s 53; 1,991 delegates are needed to clinch the nomination.