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Why Bernie Sanders' Long-Shot Run for the White House Helps Hillary

04/29/2015 10:16 am ET | Updated Jun 29, 2015

Bernie Sanders of Vermont is expected to announce his candidacy for president on Thursday. Senator Sanders is a smart, progressive man who has been the left wing conscience of Congress for a generation. He also has as much chance of becoming President as I do of replacing Joe Girardi as the manager of the New York Yankees.

Many on the left of the Democratic Party are probably very happy to see Sen. Sanders in the race. He is a true progressive with an economic view that is considerably to the left of likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Sen. Sanders will undoubtedly discuss important economic issues from a left-wing angle throughout his campaign.