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Bernie Sanders to Campaign in Nine Battleground States to End 'Right-Wing Government'
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=33116"><span class="small">Erin Kelly, USA Today</span></a>   
Sunday, 14 October 2018 08:46

Kelly writes: "Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Thursday that he will campaign in nine battleground states this month to try to elect Democrats in congressional, gubernatorial and state legislature races from California to South Carolina."

Senator Bernie Sanders (photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP)
Senator Bernie Sanders (photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP)

Bernie Sanders to Campaign in Nine Battleground States to End 'Right-Wing Government'

By Erin Kelly, USA Today

14 October 18


en. Bernie Sanders announced Thursday that he will campaign in nine battleground states this month to try to elect Democrats in congressional, gubernatorial and state legislature races from California to South Carolina.

Sanders, the 77-year-old Vermont independent who ran for president as a Democrat in 2016, said he will support "progressive" candidates during his nine-day tour across the country. However, not all the Democrats that Sanders is helping are liberal enough to be considered progressive.

Some of them, like Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is challenging Republican Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada, are viewed as traditional, mainstream Democrats. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who is not a left-wing darling, helped convince Rosen to run.

Sanders, in an email to supporters Thursday, said the Nov. 6 election is "a pivotal moment in American history."

"Do we continue with a one-party, right-wing government in Washington led by a pathological liar with strong authoritarian tendencies?" Sanders wrote, referring to President Donald Trump. "Or, do we stand up to Trump and fight for an agenda that represents all Americans, and not just the 1%?"

Sanders, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, will campaign while the Senate is in recess. He will stump for candidates in Arizona, California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

It is Sanders' longest campaign stretch since he ran for president two years ago. He has not decided whether to make another bid for the White House in 2020.

Here's the breakdown of where he's going:

  • Sanders' tour will begin Oct. 19 in Bloomington, Indiana, where he will rally support for Democratic congressional candidate Liz Watson, who is challenging Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth.
  • He will also appear on Oct. 19 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, who is running against Republican Bill Schuette. Schuette has been endorsed by Trump.
  • Sanders will help Our Revolution SC rally support on Oct. 20 in Columbia, South Carolina, for Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith. While Smith welcomes Sanders' help, some Democratic leaders have said they believe the senator could do more harm than good in the conservative state. Smith is running against Republican Gov. Henry McMaster. 
  • The senator will campaign Oct. 20 in Sioux City, Iowa, and Oct. 21 in Fort Dodge and Ames, Iowa, for J.D. Scholten, the Democrat challenging Rep. Steve King, who is known for his extremely conservative stands on immigration. 
  • He will campaign for Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Oct. 22.
  • He will rally in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, on Oct. 23 for gubernatorial candidate David Garcia, who is challenging Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.
  • Additionally, he'll rally for Democratic Rep. Jared Polis in Boulder and Ft. Collins, Colorado, on Oct. 24.
  • Sanders will campaign for Rosen in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada on Oct. 25.
  • In California, Sanders will support Democratic congressional candidates Ammar Campa-Najjar and Mike Levin on Oct. 26 in San Diego. Campa-Najjar is challenging embattled Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, who has been indicted on fraud and corruption charges. Hunter has declared his innocence. Levin is running against Republican Diane Harkey for the open seat now held by retiring GOP Rep. Darrell Issa. Sanders will also campaign for Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee In Oakland on Oct. 27.

Sanders said his goal is to work with the candidates to "do everything I can to get working people and young people involved in the political process and to the polls."

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+8 # librarian1984 2018-10-14 10:43
I wonder if those Democratic leaders who think Sanders 'may do harm' have the same concerns about Hillary Clinton who, less than a month before the midterm, is popping up all over the place talking about sexism in politics, plastering her face on the party .. again.

Does she not get that she motivates Republicans .. or does she not care?

She and Bill also plan to be 'out in public' more as the year winds down. So I guess the 2020 race begins.
+1 # JCM 2018-10-14 15:27
From our last conversation: “Really, what are you defending?” As much as the Dems do and say stupid things, and as many times they screw up, when they get a chance to legislate they try to make things better for all people as much as they can. The republicans, to include rump, legislate only for the wealthiest. More pollution, more financial theft, much less SS, Medicare, Medicaid, less healthcare for millions and support worse healthcare policies, less public education, less taxes on the rich, less civil rights, less voting rights, less research and development including for renewable energy, less money for libraries and the Fine Arts program, and try to privatize the Post Office Department. They have destroyed the EPA, the State Dep, Dep. of Education, Dep of Health and Human Services, Dep of Housing and Urban Development, the FDA and probably many more. They try to destroy Unions and worker rights. Want to sell off national parks and rip up protection of endangered species. They support the subsidizing of the fossil fuel industry. Inhuman treatment of immigrants and intolerance of minorities’, women and the handicap. Supports legislation that helps create income and wealth inequality. Less healthcare for millions and support worthless insurance policies. They disenfranchise millions, and are in charge of the Interstate Crosschecking System that disenfranchises countless voters. And finally, though I’m sure there’s more, they don’t believe in CLIMATE CHANGE. More Below
0 # JCM 2018-10-14 15:40
So however bad you think the Dems are just take a look at this as they pale in comparison to the republicans’ evil. I’m not willing to wait years for protest votes to change the Dems. Our only chance to get rid of rump and the republicans now is to vote for every Dem we can. I want the republicans out. So, “Really, what are you defending?” I’m trying to defend Democracy.
Again, It's not about not voting for the least of evils, it's voting to keep the worst of evils from winning.
+5 # DongiC 2018-10-14 12:36
Atta boy, Bernie, into the political battle. The Progressive forces need all the help they can get. I have no doubt that your work will be meritorious. Good luck, indeed.
+1 # Robbee 2018-10-14 13:38
O U T S T A N D I N G !