Sanders Proposes Constitutional Change After Drop In Polls—Did Health Scare Destroy His Chances?
In a field of nineteen Democratic presidential hopefuls, it can be challenging to stand out in the crowd. However, that is just what Senator Bernie Sanders is attempting to do with his latest plan.
On Monday, Sanders offered a proposal to overturn the rules on money in elections. Sanders also pledged to “transform our political system by rejecting the influence of big corporate money.”
According to a statement from Sanders' campaign, his proposal suggests that the current Federal Election Commission, FEC, be replaced with what he terms "a true law enforcement agency."
This would then subsequently rid both parties conventions and ceremonies for the presidential inauguration of the involvement of big money sponsorships from corporations.
Also contained in the statement: “When we win the Democratic nomination and defeat Donald Trump, we will transform our political system by rejecting the influence of big corporate money.”
Sanders has also proposed an amendment to the Constitution that was quite clearly intended to do away with previous decisions of the US Supreme Court. The proposal in question would do away with any unrestricted spending that was connected with political action committees or advocacy groups deemed tax-exempt.
In order to legally amend the Constitution, there has to be the support of at least two-thirds of both of the houses in the US Congress, as well as ratification by at least three-quarters of the states. As it is, many Republicans, one of which is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have gone on record as having opposed most all recent efforts to restrain any political donations.
The controversial proposal comes hot on the heels of Sanders, 78, having to cancel all of his campaign events he had scheduled last week due to a health scare. As such, the canceled events did cause a slip in the polls for the 2020 presidential candidate.
Many feel that after Sanders' campaign confirmed on Friday that he had indeed had a heart attack, that Sanders is trying to get his foot back in the game. As of the most recent national opinion polls, Sanders has slipped into third place behind his fellow contenders, former Vice President Joe Biden and US Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Even so, Sanders' campaign confirmed that he had outraised his fellow Democrats in the third quarter of this year, having raised $25.3 million. It was also stated that this money was raised primarily through small contributions and donations, and not by way of big money donors.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Will Sanders new, somewhat controversial proposal, give him the boost he needs to regain his gravitas?