Floridians are feeling the (sun)Bern

Bernie Sanders is not just a problematic Democratic nominee because of his $60 trillion spending plans. In a matchup with the incumbent, he’s looking increasingly weak in the crucial Electoral College target of Florida.

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March 2, 2020 - 10:16 AM

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) takes the stage during a primary night event on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in Manchester, N.H. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/TNS)

Bernie Sanders is not just a problematic Democratic nominee because of his $60 trillion (and rising) spending plans. In a matchup with the incumbent, he’s looking increasingly weak in the crucial Electoral College target of Florida.

In less than a week, Sanders has managed to offend two important voting Sunshine State blocs. On “60 Minutes,” he defended decades-old comments about Fidel Castro, saying some perfunctorily negative words about authoritarianism while praising Fidel Castro’s “massive literacy program.” He stuck to that line in Tuesday night’s debate in South Carolina.

Miami is home to the largest Cuban refugee population in America; millions still bear the scars of living under Castro’s totalitarian oppression. “Sure, there was tyranny, but everyone could read!” doesn’t go over very well with people who remember how little education matters when freedom of speech and the press are nonexistent.

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