Earlier this week I blogged about recent comments by Rep. Mark Pocan that seemed to assert no one was interested in supporting a 75-year-old socialist like Bernie Sanders for president. Pocan asserted people were more interested in Bernie Sanders’ populist progressive message than they were in the actual candidate, and Pocan’s comments raised some eyebrows here in Wisconsin.
Yesterday Rep. Pocan appeared on The Devil’s Advocate radio show, and during an interview that covered a variety of topics Rep. Pocan clarified his earlier statements regarding Bernie Sanders. Rep. Pocan noted the comment which were taken as being critical of Bernie Sanders were just a small part of a much longer (hour-long) interview, and Rep. Pocan was quick to say, “There’s absolutely a lot of love for Bernie.”
Pocan went on to note that the intent of his statement was to note that unlike 2008 when voters were excited by Barack Obama the candidate but less concerned with his message, in 2016 voters are more excited about the message being put forth by Bernie Sanders with less focus being on the candidate himself. Pocan said, “I think Bernie is onto something with his message, but it’s not like people are saying, ‘Gee, my ideal candidate for 2016 would be….well how bout a white male 75 year old socialist?'”
You can listen to Rep. Pocan’s comments for yourselves at the appeared on The Devil’s Advocate radio show website (Pocan’s comments on Bernie Sanders start at about 14:10 into the interview).