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The Democrats have learned in 2016, that they should not help candidates who only use them for money and help, and then kick them to the curb.
Bernie Sanders has played this game for many years, running for reelection in his state as a Democrat, but once nominated and rid of Democratic opponents, refuses the nomination and goes on to campaign as an Independent.
This is not going to fly for presidential elections any longer.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) adopted a new rule on Friday aimed at keeping outsider candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) from trying to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
The new rule, adopted by the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, requires all Democratic presidential candidates to be a member of the Democratic Party, Yahoo News reported.
A presidential candidate running for the Democratic nomination must be a member of the party, accept the Democratic nomination and “run and serve” as a member.
Sanders, who has maintained his status as an independent, fought a tough primary race for the Democratic nomination against eventual presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.
A source familiar with the discussions told Yahoo News, however, that the rule wasn't targeted at Sanders.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and DNC member, posted a photo on Twitter Friday of the rules change at the meeting in Providence, R.I.
“At the time a presidential candidate announces their candidacy publicly, they must publicly affirm that they are a Democrat,” the rule says.
In March, the DNC voted to acknowledge a need to reduce the influence of so-called superdelegates in presidential primaries — the unelected delegates who may support any candidate for the party’s nomination, regardless of their state's victor.
Yahoo News reported that the committee did finalize a vote on superdelegates and will decide in August.