Sanders promoting new blood in Democrats but impact unclear

Posted April 24, 2017

"Well if you are, you've come to the right place", Sanders said at a "Come Together and Fight Back" rally in which he and new Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez sought to unite the party's Sanders and Clinton wings. "The Democratic Party's platform states clearly our support for every woman's right to make their own choices about their reproductive health and to have access to safe abortion services", Perez said in the statement. Sanders wants to push the Democratic Party to the Left, and unify it behind the progressive movement, but that didn't get off to an auspicious start.

The tour had already made stops in Maine, Florida and Kentucky.

Senator Sanders says rebuilding infrastructure needs to be addressed and action needs to be taken to stop climate change.

Hayes asked whether Perez saw the world the same way.

"We are at a pivotal moment in American history", Sanders opened, followed by a message to Trump voters: "Forget what [Trump] said".

- In the wake of a special election in Georgia, the Wall Street Journal asked Sanders if the party's leading Democrat in that race, Jon Ossoff, was progressive.

"No, I'm an independent", he replied.

Perez, who received boos from a Young Democrats crowd in ME which cheered Sanders, echoed the Vermont senator's talking points on health care.

Bernie Sanders is now on a "Democratic unity tour" which included a stop over in Omaha to support mayoral candidate Heath Mello, who is both a Democrat and has a history of supporting legislation against abortion rights. Rather than learn a lesson from that, Perez and Sanders are taking the same confused act on tour, and that lack of insight might transform it from a political effort to a comic performance-art piece.

But now, a year after that bitter primary, Sanders and his team are now working closely with the newly-elected party chair, allowing him and other local Democrats to appear before crowds that only he can draw - and deciding on the look and feel of events around the country. The 43-year-old former U.S. House member and adviser to President Barack Obama is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor against Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam.

Senator Sanders didn't hold back in his speech, taking on the Republican leadership, including President Donald Trump.

In the primaries and caucuses he captured 70 percent of the 30-and-younger vote, and those 2 million votes far exceeded the combined totals for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. In a tweet, he said this road to victory " runs through the Panera Breads of America". In the end, he earned almost two-thirds of the ballots cast in Maine's Democratic presidential caucuses to beat Clinton, who won the party's presidential nomination.

"We believe that college should be affordable for everyone", he said.

Let the healing begin. "Anyone still espousing this failed strategy - or the neoliberal ideology that undergirds it - should not be in charge of anything again".