The Vermont senator has been gathering momentum and enthusiasm as a progressive Democratic alternative to the seemingly unstoppable Hillary Clinton.
As the first 2016 contender to publicly campaign in Washington, Sanders’ visit contrasts with recent secretive stopovers by other candidates. Sanders’ only scheduled fundraiser is a small, $200-a-person meet-and-greet at Capitol Hill’s Comet Tavern.
“In practice, we’ve still got problems”. Calling the theory “settled science,” fellow Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton also attacked Republican skeptics last month. Though some expressed concerns about his age and the unfortunate concession of electing a 44th white male to office, the group agreed that Sanders’ radical bluntness and calls for political revolution placed him first as the group’s choice for the Democratic nomination.
And it is no coincidence that both Bernie Sanders in the US and Jeremy Corbyn in the UK give constant credit to grassroots movements – urging people to rise up and reclaim politics.
To many local supporters, the long track record is a comfort. “And that’s rare.” Also rare was Sanders” early embrace of civil rights causes, supporters say. Barack Obama. They helped him to outorganize and beat Clinton – only to be disappointed when they felt his presidency failed to live up to the lofty campaign speeches and transformative image. “He just sat me down and he’s like, “How does it feel to be a young person growing up with the worst president in the United States” history?'” she said. Just to be sure he’s reliable, O’Shea said, she’s talked with friends in Vermont. “We’ve been paying attention to Bernie Sanders in the news”, said Justin Shafran, 25. The Portland event was shifted to a bigger venue due to overwhelming demand, his campaign said.
Sanders expressed his viewed during an interview with Ari Rabin-Havt on SiriusXM’s Progress Channel.
Besides campaign finance reform, Sanders is addressing issues that speak to many on the Hill and elsewhere.
“There may be one or two of them who actually have listened to the scientific community and think that climate change is real”, Sanders said.
The self-described democratic socialist perhaps surprisingly found solidarity with some of the Republican candidates.
Those alternatives may take time to evolve, they might involve years of political parties realigning or forming anew to demand different, people-focused policies, but the groundswell of support for this shift is palpable.
“He’s going to have a very hard time breaking out of that”, Berendt said.
Sanders continued his attack on Republicans, stating, “They want to cut or privatize Medicare, cut Medicaid, cut education, cut the Environmental Protection Agency”. He has drawn crowds of more than 10,000, most recently in Phoenix. Shafran said he’s hopeful Sanders would overcome any supposed faux pas with enough support.