Seventeen Democrat-controlled states, worried that Venezuela’s Democratic Socialist president Nicolas Maduro could be ousted from office in his own country, have introduced legislation seeking to put Maduro on the 2020 presidential election ballot in America.
The California state Senate voted 27-10 in favor of the Maduro bill on Thursday, and Gov. Gavin Newsom signaled his position by saying “U.S. history of interventions in Latin America” could mean Maduro is eligible.
“California is a government of, by, and for the people,” Newsom said. “The new majority of Latinx people deserve a candidate who believes in healthcare for all, income equality, ending America’s dependence on oil, and prosecuting climate deniers.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders, himself a candidate for president in 2020, said he will not step aside if Maduro is on the ballot. “The American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina,” Sanders said. “And Nico supports Our Revolution so I might consider him as my vice president.”
California’s presidential primary is scheduled for March 3. If the bill becomes law, Maduro could appear on the state’s primary ballot.