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Galindez writes: "Concerned Clinton supporters in Iowa started calling campaign officials, warning them that she'd better get out here fast, that the view in the rear view mirror was shrinking, and that Bernie was closing fast."

In Minneapolis thousands listened to Bernie outside the venue that had over two thousand inside. (photo: Sanders for President/Reddit)
In Minneapolis thousands listened to Bernie outside the venue that had over two thousand inside. (photo: Sanders for President/Reddit)

Bernie Sanders' Momentum Shows He Can Win

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

07 June 15


t was no surprise when several thousand people packed the waterfront in Burlington, Vermont, for Bernie Sanders’ kick-off rally. “Bernie,” as he is known in Vermont, has been winning political campaigns there for decades. But when the crowds continued in New Hampshire, Iowa, and Minnesota, Democratic party insiders took notice. Concerned Clinton supporters in Iowa started calling campaign officials, warning them that she’d better get out here fast, that the view in the rear view mirror was shrinking, and that Bernie was closing fast.

The first sign that the Sanders campaign had momentum was in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Burt Cohen, a former state senator from New Hampshire, said he was amazed when 700 people showed up for an event he helped pull together for Sanders at a church in Portsmouth the day after the formal launch in Burlington. “I’ve been involved in New Hampshire politics for 40 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Cohen said. “It was electric, from start to finish.”

The first overflow crowd was in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (photo: Bernie Sanders for President)

Then came Davenport, Iowa. I arrived a few hours early and the organizers were debating how many chairs they would need. They had 500 set up, and decided to tell the host to take down some chairs and they would reset them if they needed them. It turned out that 500 was not enough. The venue was a ballroom on St. Ambrose University.

The room can be divided into three sections. The campaign was using two sections of the room. As the room filled, they first set up the chairs they had taken down, bringing the count back to 500. That was not enough, so the wall divider was removed and another 250 chairs went up. They were soon filled with enthusiastic supporters of Bernie Sanders. Over 100 people couldn’t find a seat. As I moved around the room to get good angles for photographs, I found sections where young people had given up their seats for people who needed them more and were sitting on the floor. The New York Times called the Davenport crowd the largest campaign-organized event in Iowa this year. To give some perspective, two days later Martin O’Malley flew to Davenport following his announcement in Baltimore. He drew 50 people.

The photo above shows two thirds of the over 750 people who showed up to see Bernie Sanders in Davenport. (photo: Evan Burger)

The next day, in Muscatine, Iowa, after a rally at a community college drew twice the expected audience of 50, Bernie seemed giddy. “Be amazed at what you saw here,” he said. “I want to win this.” At another event that day, a backyard party in West Branch organized by State Senator Dave Johnson, over 200 people showed up and heard Sanders’ message. West Branch is a town of just over 2,000 people.

The crowd in the backyard of State Senator Dave Johnson in West Branch, Iowa. (photo: Bernie Sanders for President)

Bernie’s Iowa surge continued on Saturday in Iowa City. The event was held in the social hall of the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. Three hundred people packed the room that was equipped with 200 seats, and another 100 listened to the speech from the hallway and stairs that led to the venue. When Bernie arrived, he shouted his appreciation to those not lucky enough to get into the room. He thanked them for turning out, then went inside to hold a town hall meeting. The Town Hall meeting style has been the chosen format for Sanders. He delivers his remarks and then takes a lot of questions. Many campaigns take a few questions and then off the candidate goes, but even with his tight schedule Sanders took many questions in Iowa City.

In order to comfortably listen to presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders, some in the crowd of over 300 people resorted to sitting on exercise balls from the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Saturday morning in Iowa City. (photo: Zach Berg / Press-Citizen)

The Sanders Express rolled out of Iowa City, home of the Hawkeyes, and headed to Ames, Iowa, the home of the Iowa State Cyclones. Hundreds of people packed into the main room of the Torrent Brewing Company on a Saturday afternoon for what was billed as a grassroots organizing event. Once again, the venue was too small for the crowd, and many who came to see Sanders had to settle for looking in the window.

This is not the first time Bernie has had a large crowd in Ames. Back in February, the Story County Democrats held their annual soup and chili supper. Hundreds attended and the treasurer said they had their best fundraising haul ever. Something is clearly happening in Iowa, and the even better news is it’s not just Iowa.

The crowd inside the Torrent Brewing Company in Ames, Iowa (photo: Bernie Sanders for President)

Those on the outside watch through the windows. (photo: Bernie Sanders for President)

The final stop in Iowa was a town that had a population of 266 in 2010. But on Saturday, 300 people filled the community center to hear Bernie Sanders. The Tri-County Democratic party chair introduced Bernie before calling Hillary Clinton’s campaign and warning them that Bernie was on their tail. Kurt Meyer, the county party chairman who organized the event, sent a text message to Troy Price, the Iowa political director for Hillary Rodham Clinton. “Objects in your rearview mirror are closer than they appear,” Meyer warned Price, adding that Hillary had better get back to Iowa soon.

Bernie Sanders addresses a crowd in Kensett, Iowa, on Saturday evening, May 30, 2015. Sanders spent three days holding rallies across eastern Iowa. By the time he got to Kensett, his voice was hoarse. (photo: Emilie Stigliani/Free Press)

The Iowa momentum continued north to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The campaign originally planned to have a Town Hall meeting in a union hall. After two thousand people RSVP’d for the event, it was moved to the Native American Center. Some estimated the crowd that attended on that Sunday morning at five thousand. Bernie himself said four thousand, and I think based on the photos it could have been double that. Two thousand were inside the center while thousands of others were outside on the lawn listening to Bernie.

The crowd that was lucky enough to get a seat in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (photo: Bernie Sanders for President)

The crowd outside listening to Bernie in Minneapolis. (photo: Bernie Sanders for President)

There is no doubt that Bernie Sanders has drawn more people to his events than any other candidate for president from either party. There have been conferences, summits, and dinners that were larger, but no event organized by an individual campaign have been as big as Bernie’s events.

All of this happened before MoveOn and Democracy for America decided to end their effort to draft Senator Elizabeth Warren into the race. Perhaps the Run Warren Run folks saw many of their supporters attending Bernie Sanders events. While Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton have tailored their campaigns to attract Warren’s supporters, Bernie has not needed to change his. He has been fighting for the same issues as Warren his whole political life. Bernie Sanders has had the same message for 30 years. The American people are finally catching up.

I spoke to many Sanders supporters at these events. They are sick and tired of hearing how Bernie Sanders might pull Hillary Clinton to the left. They are fed up with hearing that Bernie can’t win. They are committed to getting Bernie Sanders elected President of the United States. Make no mistake about it, Bernie Sanders is in it to win, and if the early response from the American people is any indication, he may just do it.

UPDATE: Just yesterday a big crowd packed a community center in Keene, New Hampshire, and spilled outside when Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at a town meeting. The standing-room-only crowd of more than 750 cheered Sanders’ proposals for dealing with wealth and income inequality, making college tuition-free, combating climate change and getting big money out of politics. Perhaps the biggest applause of the day came near the end of Sanders’ remarks when he told the crowd he was going to tell them a secret: “We are going to win New Hampshire.” Sanders was introduced by Emily Hague, an at-large Keene City Council member. Bernie’s work on the environment was an inspiration to her, she said. It’s also why she announced at the outset of the meeting that she is endorsing Sanders in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. The big turnout was evidence of a growing groundswell of support. “This is not about Bernie Sanders,” he said. “You can have the best president in the history of the world but that person will not be able to address the problems that we face unless there is a mass movement, a political revolution in this country."

Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott will be spending a year covering the presidential election from Iowa.

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+108 # ritawalpoleague 2015-06-07 16:56
"Bernie's work on the environment was an inspiration to her, she said." And his brave and truly dedicated work, for thirty years, to serve we the people, vs. serve himself, is also a real inspiration for sooooo many of us who are disgusted and then some with this 'greed and need for power over all' corruptcracy based POLICE STATE AIN'T GREAT that this so broken country of ours has become.

Win. Bernie, Win, first the Dem. primary, and then the general '16 election. We need Bernie desperately, 'cause.....

+67 # Inspired Citizen 2015-06-07 18:25
What about a mass write-in campaign to supplement his influence in the general election and the primaries?

He wants a political revolution, so revolutionaries need to use innovative efforts to help him win the Dem. nomination.

Then the real fight against all the money the right can throw at this campaign will be nearly impossible to counter. I don't know if enough people are aware of the need for a political revolution, and Republicans will lie like hell and fear-monger about Sanders' democratic socialism. How do you beat that without a large army of revolutionaries going door to door and talking to people, handing out literature and sharing like mad-persons online, email and social media efforts?
+76 # Vardoz 2015-06-07 18:30
Lets shout it out loud and clear!!!! As Hillary is taking donations from corporations, Wall St and the !% people like you and me all over the nation are sending donations in and over 200,000 have also donated their time. We finally have someone with vast experience who will be real representative for the 99%. With our help we can make it happen for him and for us. But we must fight the fight and persevere because big money is not going to rollover and play dead - We can't let this corrupt GOP destroy our lives and economy as they get rich taking bribes for lives!!!!!
+55 # seeuingoa 2015-06-07 17:16
I love Bernie and I love Elizabeth.

Why the heck can´t they both be on the same ticket, winning ticket, for the
change that the American people need so desparately?
+54 # Vegan_Girl 2015-06-07 19:18
Elizabeth is a policy wonk and she is great in the Senate. Being a president requires other skills. I don't think she has the stomach for being the commander in chief and probably for other things included in the presidency.

Let us support these grate statespeople in what they do best - and that's also what they want to do.

I love them both too. I also wish that we got Feingold and Kucinich back!
+9 # Henry 2015-06-08 07:23
Feingold is running for his former Senate seat – wish he were running for PRESIDENT.
0 # Henry 2015-06-08 07:26

Comparing Hillary Clinton to Russ Feingold, Whose Record Is Better?
+1 # SHK 2015-06-27 15:03
Maybe it would be better to have Feingold back in the Senate?! Imagine--Warren and Feingold in the Senate with Bernie's Veep as president of the Senate. Then President Bernie would be able to count on those two leading there and maybe with him running as the Dem Presidential Candidate, more Dems would win in the House and we'd be set!
+13 # DaveHOz 2015-06-08 12:41
I wish Kucinich would move to California and run for Barbara Boxer's Senate seat. (Unrealistic, I know, but I can dream...)
0 # SHK 2015-06-27 15:06
Feinstein looks like she's quitting at the end of her current term--to be replaced by Kucinich! It would take him a while to gain recognition here so replacing Boxer who isn't quitting might be a stretch. Replacing the disappointment that is Feinstein would please many of us REAL Dems in this state, I'm pretty sure.
+16 # Stilldreamin1 2015-06-07 17:23
We'll have to wait and see how he answers questions about foreign involvement- will he stay independent or will he parrot lines about fighting terrorism and standing with Israel against the Palestinian rabble. If he opts for the cop out, the excitement will die down. We'll soon find out if he's really independent or just a temporary distraction from the real business of electing another hawk like Hillary.
+35 # SHK 2015-06-07 19:04
I need a neutral button for this one. I'm putting up a positive because I don't think you are an enemy! ;D But I imagine Bernie knows that Israel is a hot button. I think he will a. do what is right as in correct/smart, b. be with the people of Israel who are not Rightists—and they do exist.
+13 # Texan 4 Peace 2015-06-08 12:09
Sanders' stance on Israel is a rotting plank in an otherwise truly progressive platform. But I think this is about as close to an ideal candidate as we're going to get. Opposing Israel would be the death knell for his candidacy; if he wins, there will be opportunities to pressure him on that issue. If the left torpedoes Sanders' candidacy on this single issue, that will say more about them than about Sanders.
+9 # DaveHOz 2015-06-08 12:52
Agreed. Unfortunately, even the tiniest criticism of Israel, especially on the national level, is political suicide. Just ask Howard Dean.
0 # SHK 2015-06-27 15:11
Do you think it's criticism of Israel or is it criticism of the Right Wingers and Netanyahu or whichever Rightist leader might come after him?
+57 # gdsharpe 2015-06-07 17:24
We don't just need Bernie, though. He will need progressive support in the Congress or he could be left powerless to effect any of the reforms needed. I'd like to see him partner up with Warren. With a Democrat and Progressive majority in Congress we could get our country back "on track" to support the non-1%ers and restore our greatness.
0 # SHK 2015-06-27 15:13
Maybe this is where Feingold belongs since Warren doesn't really want to do the Veep job.
+23 # ericlipps 2015-06-07 17:28
Not sure what would mean if Bernie did come in ahead of Hillary in Iowa. In 1988, George Bush the elder came in third, behind Pat Robertson of all people, yet went on to win the GOP nomination and the presidency. The Iowa primary is vastly overrated and matters only because it's the first--and it's first only because its politicians throw a tantrum every time it's suggested the state shouldn't always be at the head of the line.
+32 # WestWinds 2015-06-07 19:36

--- If ernie were just drawing an average amount of people or the amount of people they originally expected, I would say you have something there. But in light of the crowds that are starting to show up at his events, I'd say it means more than back in the day of Robertson and Bush41.
+27 # Bruce Gruber 2015-06-07 17:40
Give it up for Bernie, Hillary, and prove you REALLY are a populist who cares about the village. You KNOW he lives and breathes the will to lead ... and you know THEY expect your capitulation. Show us the Woodstock woman you can be and Bernie will let you replace one of those conservative analysts undermining democracy on the Supremely partisan robed hideout.
+23 # Stilldreamin1 2015-06-07 18:14
She isn't, anymore than Obama is. That is all just wishful thinking. If Obama had been the real deal, he would have stood on principle and stayed with public funding of his '08 campaign. Of course, if he had principles, he never would have been the chosen one. People with a moral compass need not apply.
0 # Patriot 2015-06-11 02:10
Bruce, Hillary could not take a seat on the Supreme Court; she is NOT an attorney, never having passed the Bar exams.
+78 # Patriot 2015-06-07 17:40
Give it up, people. Senator Warren has been unequivocal about her interest in remaining in the Senate.

Senator Sanders needs our unequivocal support. He's not a mule to drag HRC in any direction, he's trying to wake up US, and get us to take an interest in and a hand in the future of our country.

Probably no one will support every single one of his policies--but, so far, he's the only one articulating policies that will improve the lives of MOST of the population of this country. And he's the only one with a track record of working for the imprementation of those policies for many years--not just the last few months, now that there's a campaign goin on.

But he has to be elected first, and, as gdsharpe pointed out, he'll need the support of more independents and Democrats in the House and the Senate if he's to be able to accomplish anything but fogging up the windows of the White House.

So, get busy, find a candiate or candidates to work for and to contribute to, and get INVOLVED. We can't change a thing by sitting here in front of our computers! (grin)
+8 # DaveHOz 2015-06-08 13:07
What worries me are the number of Democrats who seem to be backing Hillary *because* she's Hillary. Hillary for Hillary's sake. Many of these are elected Democrats in Congress and state offices who will serve as "Superdelegates " at the convention.
-45 # jdd 2015-06-07 17:40
Bernie can't win. But he can help smoke out Hillary, so she can't hide. The difference between Bernie and Martin O'Malley is that O'Malley supports the return to Glass-Steagall, which terrifies Wall Street, and why the WSJ stated that he, not Bernie, is public enemy No. 1.
+70 # Wally Jasper 2015-06-07 18:08
He can win, and win he will if we all get behind him. Who's Martin O'Malley? A recent wannabe who can sense that any Democratic politician in this election needs to enlist the progressives? Same as Obama in 2008; and it worked, by golly. And look what we got. Bernie, on the other hand, has been an authentic progressive all his career. And he actually turns his values into reality.
+57 # JCM 2015-06-07 19:10
Bernie is for the return of Glass-Steagall. Quote,"You need to bring back Glass-Steagall."
+48 # jimallyn 2015-06-07 20:14
Quoting jdd:
Bernie can't win.

You're wrong. Bernie Sanders can and will win.
-4 # Rain17 2015-06-10 10:10
He won't. I know that people here think everyone in America thins like them, but the don't. I like Sanders and some of his beliefs, but I just don't see him getting enough votes to win in states like FL, CO, NC, VA, NH, OH, NV, and IA. I could see him winning all the Gore and Kerry states, but not getting those last 2-3 states to get over 270 electoral votes. When voters hear that he's a "socialist" many will simply not consider him further.
+10 # Pikewich 2015-06-09 11:35
Bernie WILL win if we stop saying he "can't" and support him, both with our small countless donations, and getting out there with our friends and family.

He already has far surpassed all expectations.

+11 # acomfort 2015-06-07 18:04
I appreciate Sanders and Warren also, but something is missing from their speeches and the articles I have read about them.

What are their proposed policies or positions on Israel, Palestine, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, the mid-east, terrorism, Patriot Act and Freedom act, war and peace, drones, ISS-ISIL?

If you have seen this info please post it.
+5 # Stilldreamin1 2015-06-07 18:15
Good question, acomfort.
+4 # Pikewich 2015-06-09 11:39
A good question indeed, but it is not a deal breaker. Bernie is our best choice.

When it comes to the Israeli assault on Gaza, perhaps a visit to Gaza would help him understand better the dynamics of that atrocity.
+20 # djnova50 2015-06-07 18:45
acomfort, don't know if this link will give you all the answers; but, here is a list of where Bernie Sanders stands on Foreign Policy. The page was last updated on December 29, 2014:

This one is an article by Madonna Gauding called, "Glass-Steagall : Warren and Sanders bring it back into focus" This is dated May 13, 2015
-6 # acomfort 2015-06-08 12:06
I found a little more about Sanders that was demoralizing to me.

Sanders is also getting points for opposing the Iraq War, which Hillary Clinton supported, and he supports the Iran deal. But I’ve seen no one apart from Juan Cole, in this excellent summary of Sanders’s Middle East views, point out his yeoman defense of Israel during its assault on Gaza last summer. In July Sanders formed part of the “unanimous consent” to a resolution to support Israel in its attack, a resolution Salon’s David Palumbo-Liu said at the time “does more than confirm U.S. Senate support for Israel. It pushes that statement beyond any rational or ethical or moral framework imaginable.”

In a famous encounter at a town hall meeting in Vermont near the end of the onslaught– video below–, Sanders got so angry at pro-Palestinian constituents who were obviously deeply upset by an assault that had killed 500 Palestinian children that he told them to “shut up.”

- See more at:
+11 # Billsy 2015-06-08 15:11
There will never be a perfect, one size fits all, candidate, but at present, Sen. Sanders comes closer than most. All information regarding his views and policies (including support for that dog of an aircraft, the non-functional F-35) is welcome and vital, but let's not expect anyone to meet ALL of our collective objectives.
+40 # Saberoff 2015-06-07 18:23
+55 # jimmyjames 2015-06-07 18:30
I worry for Bernie's life. Seriously. If the big powers suspect he might win, they may cause him to be suicided, or have a heart attack, etc. I sincerely hope he has someone covering his back. Don't think so? Just look at what happened to JFK, RFK, MLK, as well a sJFK, Jr. and Paul Wellstone. The big guys play for keeps - and that ain't no BS.
-15 # Saberoff 2015-06-07 19:14
You sound more like an eventuality, such as you describe here, would indeed surprise you. Old people like me lived through those murders of the 60s, and Paul.

Maybe, if we stopped talking about them...

Maybe, if kids Never heard words like assassinate, and murder, those things would sooner fade into history, where they belong.

Protecting the lives of our saints is our job.
+29 # jimmyjames 2015-06-07 19:51
Maybe, if we stopped talking about them...

So you basically say, "let's stick our heads in the sand and pretend such things don't happen".....wel l they do happen and all too often when the American public begins to support a candidate that would rock the boat. I say, let's support Bernie Sanders and do all we can to cover his back. He is a champion of the little people and is going against the rich and powerful class of people who fear him. (and that includes Hillary Clinton, by the way)
-8 # Saberoff 2015-06-07 21:33
Ya, I said all that about the head and the sand.

There certainly is nothing like worrying to get your head on terra firma! Worry all we can to cover Bernie's back.

We ALL share the history. The murderers know who they are. They don't need reminding. And it just scares the kids.
+6 # Pikewich 2015-06-09 11:43
I appreciate your motives, and I also appreciate the fact that the powers that be have no qualms removing obstacles in their paths by any means they deem necessary.

So yeah, let's not scare the kids, but let's be aware of how the capitalist engine maintains it's power in spite of being less than 1%.
+18 # reiverpacific 2015-06-07 20:14
Quoting Saberoff:
You sound more like an eventuality, such as you describe here, would indeed surprise you. Old people like me lived through those murders of the 60s, and Paul.

Maybe, if we stopped talking about them...

Maybe, if kids Never heard words like assassinate, and murder, those things would sooner fade into history, where they belong.

Protecting the lives of our saints is our job.

So how, prithee, would you propose we (collectively) "little People" do that against the behemoth of mass military/indust rial/corporate/ spy intimidation we all try to deal with -or ignore- as best we can?
A wee bit Pollyanna aren't ya?
+9 # Saberoff 2015-06-07 21:56
Don't know, friend. I'm open. I worry too: So what? Talk. Worry. Wearied. Bernie knows the history, well as anyone.
+12 # WestWinds 2015-06-07 19:46

--- If the CIA or any of the other alphabet agencies tried to pull a stunt like that, I'm afraid the public would lose it and take the Pentagon apart brick by brick. That kind of tactic might have flown back then (when we trusted our government to be doing the right things,) but we are older and wiser than that now and I think they would get a backlash that would clear the field (and probably dissolve those agencies for good; to be replaced by a Department of Peace or the like.) We on the Left don't allow ourselves to be pushed around so much any more. Now we KNOW there are rats in the hen house and we aren't having any baloney. So, a word to the wise...mind your P's and Q's; play fair and be nice.
+41 # Vegan_Girl 2015-06-07 19:13
Corrupt, establishment Democrats serving the 1% and selling out the 99% have been the number one recruiting tool for the GOP that should be just a tiny fringe party by now.

Democrats could easily win if they just decided to represent the working class. Bernie Sanders is just that type of a person. Yes, he can win, and yes, he can bring about a new new deal. This great nation needs it badly.
+18 # WestWinds 2015-06-07 19:48

--- Well said, VG!
+2 # Pikewich 2015-06-09 11:46
But the Democrats sold out to the money decades ago. There is little hope for but a very few.
-19 # Old4Poor 2015-06-07 19:55
I love Bernie, and considering my Senators here in AZ I think of him my real Senator.

However, the idea that there are enough people to vote him in as Presiident is a pipe dream.

The country is shifting but not that far and not that fast.

The poison that spills all through our public media will have a field day with his Socialist description. Those like Glenn Beck have been telling them for years that Socialism is the same as Hitler's Democratic Socialism and a threat to America.

I am glad he is running as he is pushing Hillary to the left as well.

But, I also want him to stay in the Senate where he can keep fighting for our causes.
+28 # jimmyjames 2015-06-07 20:14
Not a pipe dream - that's what "they" want you to believe. It's past time to believe, and support, a real candidate who really cares about the American people. Not BS, not spin, just truth for a change. We can and should support Bernie Sanders with all our might. our activism and money to the best we can. It CAN happen if we believe and follow through with our support.
+12 # dsepeczi 2015-06-08 12:59
Quoting Old4Poor:
I love Bernie, and considering my Senators here in AZ I think of him my real Senator.

However, the idea that there are enough people to vote him in as Presiident is a pipe dream.

The country is shifting but not that far and not that fast.

The poison that spills all through our public media will have a field day with his Socialist description. Those like Glenn Beck have been telling them for years that Socialism is the same as Hitler's Democratic Socialism and a threat to America.

I am glad he is running as he is pushing Hillary to the left as well.

But, I also want him to stay in the Senate where he can keep fighting for our causes.

I disagree. Just yesterday, on Good Morning America, one of the guests pulled no punches when talking about Sanders. He spoke of what the progressive agenda was and said, flatly, Bernie Sanders is much more genuine than Hillary Clinton in addressing these issues. Of course, the Hillary defenders and the republican spokespersons, quickly jumped on him but he made his point. If Bernie Sanders is actually getting some good publicity through a member of the MSM already, how can you say he can't win ? I say he can and I'll do everything I can to see that he does.
+1 # Old4Poor 2015-06-08 22:50
You do not understand that I wish this could happen.

Yes, good reactions on MSNBC which despite Morning Joe himself is a very liberal network. And, their viewership is minimal in the grand scheme of things.

If we only interact with those who agree with us and share our values we do not see the real world we must contend with.

I am not a big Hillary supporter but if she is the candidate I will vote for her.

I would prefer Warren or Sanders or Sherrod Brown, etc.

BYW: I define myself as a Socialist.
+8 # Pikewich 2015-06-09 11:47
He CAN win if WE help him win. Pushing the "He can't win" broken recording just helps the 1%.
+30 # Lennie 2015-06-07 20:04
Too many people equate "socialist" with "communist." Not the same and Senator Sanders is not a communist. That message has to get out to the "heartland." I am all for Bernie, a breath of fresh air.
-5 # Rain17 2015-06-10 10:16
But, Lennie, I just don't think people in the "heartland" will get that distinction. The second they hear the word "socialist" they're not going to listen to anything else Sanders has to say.
+12 # reiverpacific 2015-06-07 20:22
I just hope that we of "Pacifica" on the left coast and Hawaii (excluding Alaska for obvious reasons) can persuade Senator Sanders via -for example Jeff Merkley, to hold a series of town hall type appearances. I'll bet they'd be a standing room only, as there was for Elizabeth Warren's appearances out here.
There's too much focus on the east, south and midwest, causing fragmentation between the progressive factions on both coasts, where the hope of the nation as a civilized and progressive body-politic lies.
+28 # 2wmcg2 2015-06-07 20:32
I was at the Minneapolis rally. The line was 4-5 blocks long - bigger than when Barack Obama did his first fundraiser in 2008 - lots of young people, too. It was quite impressive.
+6 # Pikewich 2015-06-09 11:52
Maybe some of the young people are smart enough to know that (even though FOX uses the word "Socialism" as if it were "Totalitarian Dictatorship" or "Welfare State") the few things that still work are socialist. Streets, fire department, police departments (sometimes and in some places), non-privatized water departments.... much of the things we do not even think about because IT JUST WORKS.
+39 # Scott Galindez 2015-06-07 20:45
Bernie is the only candidate for President to vote against both Iraq wars. He was asked about his support for Israel at 2 town meetings I attended, I will post video of his answer in a story soon..

In summary he believes ISIS needs to be defeated by a coalition of muslim countries, he believes that our involvement only serves as a recruiting aid for ISIS.

He was one of if not the first to boycott the Netanyahu speech to Congress and supports a two state solution, and end to Jewish settlements in the occupied territories.

He supports the negotiations with Iran and he is NOT a dual citizen as some have said...
+21 # Seadog 2015-06-07 21:01
Bernie can win because the American people realize that the Corporatist wings of both parties will NEVER do anything to help then again. The simple truth is on the issues Sanders abd Warren are right in the middle of the mainstream. I'd love to see Bernie and Warren team up. Hillary's time is passed.
+20 # Dongi 2015-06-07 22:25
Bernie can win because his opponents all the way up to Clinton and McCain are the vassals of the super rich. As are all the Republican candidates. A huge tidal wave of political reform is building which will wash away a lot of the filth that has encrusted our basic institutions. Go, Bernie, go. Sweep the villains out. We are with you, all the way.
+24 # futhark 2015-06-07 22:41
If Senator Sanders doesn't win, then neither do our people, our nation, and our planet. He has the practical sense to find out what is working in other countries and is proposing we emulate them. No more of this "world's greatest democracy" and "American exceptionalism" crap. Find out what works and do it!
+9 # DaveHOz 2015-06-08 13:31
I recently read an article about how Hillary is a shining example of "American Exceptionalism" . I wanted to vomit.
+28 # Linda 2015-06-07 22:56
This is so exciting to see . I am all on for Bernie Sanders . Even on my small Social Security check I am giving $25 a month . If everyone were to give as much as they can he will be able to reach even more people in more states . The more people that hear him the more people will realise this man is genuine he doesn't just talk the talk he has walked the walk for 40 years !He believes what he says its not just rhetoric !
+17 # Bruce Gruber 2015-06-08 06:12

There are some 60 million of us Social Security contributors now receiving payouts from the contributions we made from our labors over the past half century or more of America's growth.

Bernie Sanders recognizes that contribution and is fighting to save the systems of Medicare and Social Security from the Wall Street gamblers and oligarch 'privatizers'.

Contributing 5% each month from our Social Security checks to his campaign will demonstrate our appreciation. For the next 18 months it will represent the wisest and most effective contribution to preserve and expand the dream of a democratic society in the history of this nation ... a revolution without bloodshed, an expression of hope rather than anger, and an education to the young people of this nation that there is reason for participation and dedication to principle.

5% For Bernie's Effort to save the America in which WE believe! Half a tithe ... less than a dollar per working hour ... resistance to corporatism ...

INVEST in a future that proclaims we are free to do GOOD things ... ONLY 5%!!
+6 # Pikewich 2015-06-09 11:57
Bernie is the only candidate I have donated to in over a decade.

I have never signed up before to give any candidate a monthly donation, but for bernie I am, and am happy to support him as much as i can.

As Linda says above: "The more people that hear him the more people will realize this man is genuine he doesn't just talk the talk he has walked the walk for 40 years !He believes what he says its not just rhetoric !"

And it is both a breath of fresh air and breathtaking to see how well he is doing already.
+3 # kath 2015-06-08 06:45
Watch the media. If they decide Bernie is a problem, he'll be Howard Deaned before you know it.
+9 # DaveHOz 2015-06-08 13:33
Then this time we've got to be prepared...
+15 # Trish42 2015-06-08 09:06
As Emily Hague contends, we must have a political revolution to elect Bernie AND to turn this country around regardless of who wins this presidential election! We've been regressing for almost 40 years now, so only a revolution will change things! So if you want to change this country, work for Bernie!!
+12 # Santacruzer 2015-06-08 12:19
For those of you who are not familiar with Bernie's stance on some of the issues, I reprint from his webpage.
Bernie 2016
Income and wealth inequality: In the United States today we have the most unequal wealth and income distribution of any major country on earth -- worse than at any time since the 1920s. This is an economy that must be changed in fundamental ways.

Jobs and income: In my view, we need a massive federal jobs program which puts millions of our people back to work. We must end our disastrous trade policies. We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. And we have to fight for pay equity for women.

Campaign finance reform: As a result of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, American democracy is being undermined by the ability of the Koch brothers and other billionaire families. These wealthy contributors can literally buy politicians and elections by spending hundreds of millions of dollars in support of the candidates of their choice. We need to overturn Citizens United and move toward public funding of elections so that all candidates can run for office without being beholden to the wealthy and powerful.

Climate change: Climate change is real, caused by human activity and already devastating our nation and planet. The United States must lead the world in combating climate change and transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels and toward energy efficiency and sustainability.

+12 # Santacruzer 2015-06-08 12:23
College affordability: Every person in this country who has the desire and ability should be able to get all the education they need regardless of the income of their family. This is not a radical idea. In Germany, Scandinavia and many other countries, higher education is either free or very inexpensive. We must do the same.

Health care: Shamefully, the United States remains the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care to all people. The United States must move toward a Medicare-for-al l single-payer system. Health care is a right, not a privilege.

Poverty: The United States has more people living in poverty than at almost any time in the modern history of our country. I believe that in a democratic, civilized society none of our people should be hungry or living in desperation. We need to expand Social Security, not cut it. We need to increase funding for nutrition programs, not cut them.

Tax reform: We need real tax reform which makes the rich and profitable corporations begin to pay their fair share of taxes.
+5 # davehaze 2015-06-09 12:56
The old Democrats I know are tired and psychologically beaten. They expect little from our truncated democracy. 8 years ago they said that no one could beat Hillary for the nomination. Last month they were entoning yet again that no one could beat Hillary. Not that they were at all enthusiastic for Hillary. They all preferred Bernie Sanders but sagely added, he can't win. Pitiful.
-5 # Rain17 2015-06-10 10:15
I don't think Sanders can win. I don't see any evidence that he can win beyond the liberal base of the Democratic party. And liking his platform is one thing. I just don't think less liberal voters in places like FL, CO, and VA will go for his agenda.
+1 # SHK 2015-06-27 16:11
See davehaze above. You are one of the "pitiful" he's talking about: defeatist before you even see how it shakes out. All you have been preaching is defeatism. Are you really a Hillary operative mole here? Or are you just blind and unwilling to see? Otherwise, I don't understand where you are coming from. If you are this negative before we even really get started, with all the positive response to Bernie, maybe you just don't want to recognize the ground swell.
+4 # davehaze 2015-06-09 13:01
Compare that to the Republicans when they were confronted with having to vote for Georgie Bush for president. They held their noses, shouted yay! and then voted for him 5 or 6 times each.
+5 # Greg Scott 2015-06-10 09:39
"Bernie can't win…"
The old folks...and I mean in thinking not in age...just accept all the marketing nonsense.

But democracy at it's core is not marketing, it is instinct. And Bernie has struck a core instinct. That instinct is, that you can actually TRUST him. Trust him to advocate for what he says he will advocate for.

We KNOW how the Clintons have been in bed with money, why should we trust them...or be any different than they/she have been in the past.

Sure, Bernie could push her positions to the left for the election, but who really believes that when push comes to shove, when legislation is on the line, that she would not come down on the side of those that funded her...c'mon, REALLY?

We would all love to have a woman in the white house...I would love to see a woman as our president, but the issues today are really about the MONEY, not the gender.

If it's not going to be Elizabeth, then it HAS to be Bernie...becaus e we NEED him to advocate for us…and to inspire US to advocate for ourselves.
-6 # Rain17 2015-06-10 10:14
I think Sanders will run a competitive campaign. He'll probably do as well as Dean did in 2004. He'll probably even win a primary or two. But I do think that Hillary will eventually win the nomination. I think that the money and the support of most voters is with her, not Sanders.

Don't get me wrong. I like some of what Sanders is saying. I honestly just don't think his platform would get enough votes to win in states like NH, VA, NC, FL, GA, OH, IN, IA, NM, AZ, CO, and NV, which will be the basic swing states this upcoming cycle. I think that most people will hear that he is a "socialist" and stop listening to him then and there.

The one non-Hillary opponent whom I might consider is former MD Governor Martin O'Malley. He actually has enough appeal that he could win the general election.

I do think Sanders is doing a good service by running on his ideas. I just don't think he could get anywhere close to 270 electoral votes. I think Kerry's 2004 performance is probably the best that we could expect from him.
+5 # Scott Galindez 2015-06-10 23:42
what part of his platform wont appeal?

Affordable college?

$15 an hour

fighting income inequality?
+1 # Greenwood 2015-07-25 15:14
I think we may all be surprised. Look at what he has done in just 2-3 months. I have contributed money to Bernie, and never contributed before. I can't sell a house and am stuck with 2 mortgage payments thanks to the recklessness on Wallstreet. We had to move because of a job opportunity after loosing a job. So we are stuck with 2 house mortgages, been 2 years, lowered the price 90K, can't pay someone to buy it. Small towns never recovered. But I found the $ to contribute because he is the first politician I actually believe in and would be willing to march on the mall on any number of issues to win America back. Before Bernie I had given up. He is able to inspire. It's a powerful thing!

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