Bernie Sanders was so close to facing a major challenge to President Barack Obama that the senator Harry reid He had to intervene to stop him.

Reid had two conversations during the summer of 2011 to get Sanders to dismiss the idea, according to several people who remember the incident, which had not been previously reported.

That summer, Sanders privately discussed a possible primary challenge for Obama with several people, including Patrick Leahy, his fellow senator from Vermont. Leahy, alarmed, warned Jim Messina, Manager of the Obama presidential reelection campaign. …

Messina called Reid, then a majority leader in the Senate, who had established a strong relationship with Sanders but also fiercely defended Obama. What could you be thinking? Reid asked Sanders, according to several people who remember the conversations. You need to stop

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