CNN panelists Jake Tapper, John Avlon, Van Jones, and S.E. Cupp discuss whether Sen. Bernie Sanders is currently the frontrunner among declared Democratic candidates for president.
JAKE TAPPER, CNN: John, I think that it’s fair to say, Senator Bernie Sanders, when it comes to polls, among the declared candidates, declared, when it comes to polls. When it comes to fundraising. To the number of contributors. When it comes to the dollar amounts, the average contribution is so small. Without question, I think Bernie Sanders is the frontrunner, don’t you think? Among declared candidates.
JOHN AVLON, CNN: That’s the caveat you’re making. Among declared candidates, you’ve got to say that’s true for Bernie, but he benefits from a very broad field. Once you get Biden in that, then all of a sudden the top tier, Biden best Sanders in most polls.
I think Bernie has a very intense, devoted cadre. He’s shaped the direction of a party, and in a very wide primary, could his 20, 25% of hardcore supporters be enough? Maybe. But the second Biden gets in the race, that statement is no longer operative. I think we…