This graphic was in the Democratic National Committee email Thursday after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) confirmed he would run for the White House — challenging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the party’s nomination.
The email just had the subject line “Bernie Sanders,” but featured Clinton’s photo also followed by black-and-white images of Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). “But so are they,” the text read, followed by a fundraising pitch.
Maybe they heard something from the party’s left flank, because the following day, the DNC sent out another email with the subject line “Bernie Sanders!”
This featured just information about Sanders in the body of the email, pitching him as a candidate who has “fought tirelessly for the middle class.”
But on Saturday, this was followed with another DNC email with the subject line “Bernie and Hillary!”
Expect the Democratic race to be an internal struggle as Hillary expects the lion’s share of fundraising and Bernie tries to woo smaller donors — and, in the process, woo away votes on the far left.
Clinton’s campaign didn’t issue any statement about Sanders’ candidacy, but Hillary did acknowledge his entrance into the race via Twitter:
I agree with Bernie. Focus must be on helping America’s middle class. GOP would hold them back. I welcome him to the race. –H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 30, 2015