Sanders and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg will be the focus of attacks at Tuesday’s debate in Charleston, the last before South Carolinians vote in Saturday’s primary and Democrats in 14 Super Tuesday states cast ballots on March 3.
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Carr’s appearance helps elevate his national profile as a surrogate for President Donald Trump.
A former top aide to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, Carr was Gov. Nathan Deal’s economic development commissioner before he was tapped as the state’s Attorney General. He defeated Democrat Charlie Bailey in 2018 to win a four-year term.
His focus on Sanders echoes other Georgia Republicans who have tried to make the Vermont senator the face of the Democratic Party. U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler earlier Tuesday unveiled a new ad that pledged she would "stop Bernie Sanders' socialism."
Some anxious Democrats worry that Sanders’ rise could limit the party’s chances of retaking the U.S. Senate and doom re-election hopes for down-ticket candidates in competitive races.
Sanders’ comments on “60 Minutes” in which he appeared to praise Cuban dictator Fidel Castro helped fueled those fears, and provided more fodder for Republican critics.
Carr invoked his remarks on Tuesday when asked about the judicial philosophy of the 2020 hopefuls, saying that Sanders is likely looking for others who align with his views as a “valid socialist.”
“Or maybe he’ll look to somebody he apparently thinks highly of in Fidel Castro – a guy that absolutely dismissed the rule of law, jailed those that disagreed with him, but apparently they had an outstanding literacy program.”