Ten days before the Iowa caucus, Bernie Sanders is getting some help he didn’t ask for. There’s a republican Super PAC running television ads in Iowa which are aimed at helping the Sanders campaign, in a rather blatant attempt to nudge him closer to competing in the democratic primary and therefore cause trouble for the opponent the republicans really fear, Hillary Clinton. Throughout this election Bernie Sanders has denounced Super PACs in all forms and has repeatedly bragged that he doesn’t associate with any of them. So why has he gone silent now?
It’s an odd situation all around. The republican party doesn’t like its chances against Clinton in the general election. But the republicans believe they can much more easily defeat Sanders in a general election matchup, for several reasons. One of those reasons is his refusal to use Super PACs to raise money. That means Sanders would be vastly outspent in a head to head matchup against a republican, particularly when it comes to the most expensive aspect of any campaign, television ad buys.
Perhaps ironically, Bernie Sanders is now directly benefiting from a Super PAC which is running ads that benefit his campaign. As far as we know, Sanders did not ask the republicans to run these ads on his behalf. But by now he’s certainly aware that not only is Super PAC money being used on his behalf, republican Super PAC money is being used on his behalf. It would seem in accordance with his stated anti-PAC principles that he publicly denounce the move. Yet Bernie Sanders remains silent on the matter. If you enjoy Daily News Bin, consider making a contribution: