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Galindez writes: "It was bigger than Steve King’s Freedom Summit, bigger than the GOP’s Lincoln Dinner, in fact bigger than both of those events combined, and you can even throw in Joni Ernst’s pig roast."

Bernie Sanders Packed 10,000 supporters into the Veteran’s Memorial Colosseum in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo: Scott Galindez/RSN)
Bernie Sanders Packed 10,000 supporters into the Veteran’s Memorial Colosseum in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo: Scott Galindez/RSN)


Bernie Draws 10,000 to Massive Madison Rally

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

02 July 15

 

n July 1st, as volunteers gathered hours before the start of the massive rally for Bernie Sanders in Madison, Wisconsin, it dawned on me that some candidates would be happy if the crowds at their events were as large as the number of volunteers Bernie has. Hundreds of his volunteers helped facilitate the largest event of the 2016 election cycle to date. I don’t need a qualifier; it was bigger than Steve King’s Freedom Summit, bigger than the GOP’s Lincoln Dinner, in fact bigger than both of those events combined, and you can even throw in Joni Ernst’s pig roast. It’s possible that more people packed the Veterans Memorial Colosseum than have attended the combined events of many of Bernie’s opponents.

The doors opened to the public at 5:30 pm. Around 7:00 pm there were still some sections in the upper level, right behind the stage, that were empty. All of a sudden the crown erupted as people streamed into those sections, meaning that the campaign had achieved its goal of filling a 10,000-seat arena. With the crowd in place, the next eruption came when a local hero took the stage to introduce “one of us.”

According John Nichols, there was no special guest there to speak down to us, Bernie Sanders was one of us. “I am here to welcome you and I am here to welcome one of you” said Nichols, “because Bernie Sanders is not separate from the people in this room.” Nichols went on to say that “this has always been a people’s movement, and when leaders arrive they come from the people, they don’t dictate to the people.” The crowd of over 10,000 remained on its feet throughout Nichols’ introduction of Sanders. Nichols admitted that when Bernie told him he was thinking of running for president, he had his doubts, but then Bernie explained to him that he wasn’t going to run his campaign the way that others do, he was going to run it as a movement. He went on to to compare Bernie to a Wisconsin progressive hero, “Fighting Bob” La Follette. “People demanded a hundred years later that we would get a candidate who would say as forcefully that this fight is not about parties, partisanship, and ideology, that this fight is about all of us against a handful of plutocrats who would take everything we have.”

Bernie took the stage with his wife Jane at his side. They waved to a cheering crowd. “In case you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of people here ... Tonight we have made a little bit of history,” Sanders said as the crowd roared. “Tonight, we have more people at a meeting for a candidate for president of the United States than any other candidate,” he said as the applause drowned him out. “Thank you.”

Sanders delivered his fiery condemnation of income inequality, money in politics, and corporate greed. He presented solutions and received several standing ovations.

Bernie Sanders delivers a fiery speech to 10,000 supporters in Des Moines, Iowa. (photo: Scott Galindez/RSN)
Bernie Sanders delivers a fiery speech to 10,000 supporters in Des Moines, Iowa. (photo: Scott Galindez/RSN)

Larry Harrison of Janesville had brought his 9-year-old daughter, and he propped her up on his shoulders. “I wanted her to be a part of history. Bernie is the first candidate that I believe stands up for me and my family,” he said.

Nancy Broderick of Joliet, Illinois, almost gave up on politics after Obama. But there is something authentic about Bernie, she said: “I vowed I wouldn’t get fooled again. I was fed up with all of them. Then I heard Bernie speak, and my faith was restored.”

“He was very inspiring in what he was saying and he was speaking to a lot of issues that people in Wisconsin specifically have been having problems with,” said Sanders supporter Victoria Clemens.

Paul Threet also liked what the Independent senator had to say. “It’s about time that someone actually stood, that we know is on our side, that’s with the masses. I’m tired of these politicians who say, oh I care about you, I care about you, but they’re still cashing checks from special interests.”

There have been many insurgent campaigns that fizzle out, but many feel that this time is different. If you consider the timing of these rallies, the campaign is just getting started – rallies of the size Bernie is drawing usually happen for a party nominee in the weeks leading up to the election. Sanders has seven months to build on them before the first votes are cast. The crowds also go a long way in convincing people that he is viable. The next step will be getting some key endorsements that will help build the momentum. Bernie’s opponents have to be nervous about an endorsement that will be announced Friday in Cedar Rapids. One of the nation’s most prominent union organizers, Larry Cohen, who was the president of the Communications Workers of America until he retired three weeks ago, will not only endorse Sanders but will go to work helping him get elected.

Cohen’s endorsement is a big domino that could lead to major union endorsements. Labor endorsements mean organization everywhere. “I did everything I knew how to do to get Hillary Clinton to speak out on fast-track, and she wouldn’t,” Cohen told the Huffington Post. “We begged her to speak out.”

Cohen also told the Huffington Post that Clinton’s handling of the trade issue helped clarify why he wanted to get behind Sanders, who has been a vocal critic of giving Obama fast-track trade authority. “Without a candidate like Bernie, we’re going to get a repeat of the same stuff,” Cohen said. “Bernie is movement-building, and we need a new movement. We need to get big money out of politics.”

Sanders’ momentum is showing no signs of slowing. After spending the holiday weekend in Iowa, Bernie will go to Portland, Maine. Over 3,000 people have already RSVP’d for a July 6th event that has been moved to the Cross Insurance Arena, which can accommodate 9,500 for a political event or a concert. At this rate, the campaign will be booking stadiums soon.

In more good news for Sanders, a new Quinnipiac poll released Thursday morning shows his campaign continuing to close the gap. According to the survey, Sanders is now is receiving support from 33 percent of likely Democratic caucus participants compared to Clinton’s 55 percent. That distance is remarkably smaller now than it was in early May when Clinton enjoyed a 45-percentage-point advantage. “Sen. Sanders has more than doubled his showing and at 33 percent he certainly can’t be ignored, especially with seven months until the actual voting,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. With the polling starting to echo the large crowds, I think it’s time to stop calling Bernie a long shot. He is a legitimate contender.



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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+107 # dsepeczi 2015-07-02 12:35
This news is so encouraging for those of us that have grown tired of corporate control over our government and see Bernie as a true alternative to the business as usual climate put forth by all republican candidates and the great majority of democrats. Thank you, Scott, for delivering this good news to RSN readers.
 
 
+87 # cymricmorty 2015-07-02 16:40
This is great! I hope Scott Walker's head is spinning around in endless 360s. (Take notice, GOP short bus.)
 
 
+76 # Santacruzer 2015-07-02 17:29
Twice in my political life Have I seen this type of grassroot movement. In 1960 with Kennedy and again in 2008 for Obama. Bernie is on to something that resonates with the 99% of us. He talks about the issues that we all grumble about but none of the politicians address directly.
Now it is up to us. On July 29 Bernie's campaign will be asking folks in their local communities to form organizing to help get him the Democratic nomination and then the general election.
Go to http://go.berniesanders.com to sign up
 
 
+33 # gdsharpe 2015-07-02 22:31
Quoting Santacruzer:
Twice in my political life Have I seen this type of grassroot movement. In 1960 with Kennedy and again in 2008 for Obama. Bernie is on to something that resonates with the 99% of us. He talks about the issues that we all grumble about but none of the politicians address directly.
Now it is up to us. On July 29 Bernie's campaign will be asking folks in their local communities to form organizing to help get him the Democratic nomination and then the general election.
Go to http://go.berniesanders.com to sign up
Let us all remember, he needs Democrat support in Congress. It is important we also elect a Dem or Independent majority in both Houses!
 
 
+31 # maverita 2015-07-03 06:22
and his record shows he follows thru, he has a deep commitment to the people. he is unique in modern politics, a giver not a taker.
 
 
+45 # Merlin 2015-07-02 17:53
sHillary is toast
 
 
+29 # Merlin 2015-07-02 19:29
I have stated this view already, so I apologize for the repeat.

sHillary really lost to obummer because she never connected with the people while obummer did. All the other reasons take a distant second place to that. It was not name recognition. Not money. Not policy positions. Not because she was a woman or because obummer was Black. obummer won the people’s hearts! He said what they wanted to hear. He soothed their emotional desperation (after 8 years of BushCo). sHillary talked the cold talk of policy and came across as distant, not really echoing the people’s feelings.

Sadly obummer was a con man and a phony. No better than all the others; just better at reading the people’s emotional needs and catering to them. Bernie Sanders also reaches the people’s hearts as obummer did, but he is no phony, as his 40 years in public life dramatically show.

It is his ability to connect, and that is an emotional connection, that is the reason his numbers are rising rapidly and his crowds swelling at such an early stage. sHillary has not changed since she was a Goldwater girl in the 60s and there is no better example of her inability to understand people, and say the thing the People want to hear, than her triangulation on the TPP. She still has no clue as to why she lost in 2008 and still has not learned how to connect with people.

It is because of her lack of emotional maturity, and Bernie’s deep understanding of it, that I said:

sHillary is toast!
 
 
-48 # lewagner 2015-07-02 20:18
Hillary lost to obummer because the candidates are selected at backroom meetings before the primaries.
If Bernie IS selected, he will be told what he will and will not be allowed to do, the same as every candidate is told. And, each candidate will know the results of the "election" beforehand.
They are actors, and not good ones, either.
 
 
+48 # tedrey 2015-07-02 20:46
If what you suggest were actually the usual case, then obviously in this case Bernie has already been told not to run against Hillary, and has absolutely refused to "obey." That's exactly the kind of candiadate we want!
 
 
-5 # dquandle 2015-07-03 14:32
No, the DNC actually sent out emails in support of Sanders.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/06/10/why-is-the-dnc-sending-out-pro-bernie-sanders-emails/

They are using his "opposition" as a method of legitimizing Hillary's neocon campaign, making the pretense that her eventual selection is "democratic". Sanders has specified that he will not play the spoiler if Hillary gets the "Democratic" nomination. He will just usher all the folks who supported him, into the Hillary fold, for slaughter. That's why the Clinton-owned DNC has given him its support.
 
 
+2 # tedrey 2015-07-03 20:47
No, the DNC has not given Sanders their support. Read the very link you present, dquandle. They point out that Sanders has popular goals, and then end, not "vote for Sanders," but "support Democrats." They tried to co-opt him and have already failed. People can see the difference.
 
 
+31 # Saberoff 2015-07-02 21:01
Bernie must be one of the better "actors," huh? 10,000 believers!

Bernie is talking about a grass roots rebellion. A revolution designed to TAKE CARE OF JUST SUCH CRAP you speak of.

I wouldn't doubt, if Bernie WERE confronted with that, he might simply make it known to the country.

Why must you be such a bummer, on such a day? A bit negative, aren't we?
 
 
-16 # think4once 2015-07-03 05:52
"Why must you be such a bummer, on such a day? A bit negative, aren't we?"

You folks really don't get it... this rigged system is designed to make you feel good temporarily.. as though you have some say in what happens... your comment is evident that it's working... you would rather feel good for this moment than hear or think about the truth of the matter...

Mark my words! Wait to see who the candidates are and research their bloodlines.... whoever is closest to the royal family 'wins' -er- is selected...
 
 
+18 # cymricmorty 2015-07-03 09:15
You don't get it that Bernia Sanders is ringing a bell that many people hear loudly and clearly through the static, and come what may, that bell can't, and won't be un-rung.
 
 
+6 # gdsharpe 2015-07-02 22:20
"Sadly obummer was a con man and a phony. No better than all the others; just better at reading the people’s emotional needs and catering to them."
Sadly, he didn't "cater" to the people's wishes. He merely pandered to them.
 
 
-6 # dquandle 2015-07-03 14:59
Obama is a war criminal, a fascist, and a mass murderer.
 
 
+48 # Cdesignpdx 2015-07-02 18:02
Send a contribution or two, or three...
It will be $ well spent!
 
 
+30 # candida 2015-07-02 20:52
i already have. it's time for progressives/le ftists and people of peace and compassion to step up and help make this man a real contender. yes, the deck is stacked against us. but it always will be. it's called political struggle, not political foregone conclusion, for a reason. let's give as much money and time as we can to the best contender on the trail and whose progressive credentials are in decades of legislative action for all to see, unlike Obama. it is highly significant that he wants to build a movement, not just a campaign. i hope he is true to his word as this will be the only way to overcome the right wing. we have to be involved for that to become a reality. GET INVOLVED!!!
 
 
+15 # gdsharpe 2015-07-02 22:33
Quoting candida:
i already have. it's time for progressives/leftists and people of peace and compassion to step up and help make this man a real contender. yes, the deck is stacked against us. but it always will be. it's called political struggle, not political foregone conclusion, for a reason. let's give as much money and time as we can to the best contender on the trail and whose progressive credentials are in decades of legislative action for all to see, unlike Obama. it is highly significant that he wants to build a movement, not just a campaign. i hope he is true to his word as this will be the only way to overcome the right wing. we have to be involved for that to become a reality. GET INVOLVED!!!
Yes, GET INVOLVED!!! And, don't vote for Republicans!!!
 
 
-72 # Stilldreamin1 2015-07-02 18:04
Until he states his foreign policy views and objectives, he is not a legitimate candidate. His domestic agenda is not possible while we continue thwarting people's quest for freedom and justice overseas.
 
 
+36 # jon 2015-07-02 18:18
Please ignore the troll above.
 
 
+44 # reiverpacific 2015-07-02 18:21
Quoting Stilldreamin1:
Until he states his foreign policy views and objectives, he is not a legitimate candidate. His domestic agenda is not possible while we continue thwarting people's quest for freedom and justice overseas.


I'm pretty sure he's going to get to that.
He'll be clobbered by the owner media and their patsies for whatever it is and I'm willing to bet it's not goin' to be increasing military spending -his introductory speech touched on it as being "Against war".
He's just making sure that the grassroots are convinced that he's theirs.
 
 
+12 # Helen Marshall 2015-07-02 18:50
We will find out just how much he is willing to move out of the AIPAC grip. So far there is no daylight between him and Hillary on support for Israel.
 
 
+13 # Tazio 2015-07-02 20:54
"No daylight between him and Hillary" or Jeb Bush either.

Once again, people who hate AIPAC don't have a candidate to vote for.
At least no candidates with a chance of winning.
 
 
+46 # Questions, questions 2015-07-02 19:16
He already is - and I (being situated in NH) have heard him speak three times in the past month - saying that he's a "conservative" on military intervention and didn't need to apologize for his vote on the Iraq war.

But no less than John Nichols intimated to me in-person at one of Bernie's events that the campaign needs to downplay foreign policy at this point, for the usual reasons, and that we have to recognize that he's one of the most peace-minded major candidates to come along in decades.

Sure, he's not going to satisfy every lefty on foreign intrigues (I for one have some reservations on his attitude toward Israel), but compared to gung-ho Hillary and the rest of the war-crazies, he'd clearly be a breath of fresh air (and straight talk) on peace issues as well as the economy.
 
 
+5 # Merlin 2015-07-02 18:55
Stilldreamin1 2015-07-02 18:04

Hahaha! How I love you guys! You always brighten up my day.

Hey, buddy, I love your handle! Stilldreamin1. Does that mean you are asleep when you are walkin around? Or are you still asleep? Do you ever wakje up? Maybe it means you are daydreamin. Enquiring minds want to know! Hey whatever, a rose is a rose, right?

Oh, wait! I get it! You are talking about the stuff you post! Good one! Pretty clever, I gotta say.

That bit about “His domestic agenda is not possible while we continue thwarting people's quest for freedom and justice overseas” is a real hoot! You know, trying to make people laugh by talking nonsense. What’s his name… uh, Borowitz I think, does that. RSN calls it satire or something. ‘Course Borowitz is a lot funner than you are. But he is a pro. You are just a patzer at this satire stuff. But thats OK, you are welcome to try and make us laugh with your practicing.

Keep tryin!

tata
 
 
+5 # jcdav 2015-07-02 19:47
Sd1:

You inattentively gulped the KoolAid, eh?
 
 
+24 # jimmyjames 2015-07-02 20:44
Bernie has already stated his views on overseas policies. He recommends that the nations closest and more affected by the Middle East issues deal with it with our support. The best way for America to progress in the world is for us to keep our ass out of other people's business and maintain a strong defense - not offense - defense. And as for Ukraine - let the Europeans deal with that and call the shots. We have No business over there at all.
 
 
+16 # gdsharpe 2015-07-02 22:25
Quoting Stilldreamin1:
Until he states his foreign policy views and objectives, he is not a legitimate candidate. His domestic agenda is not possible while we continue thwarting people's quest for freedom and justice overseas.
Let's get our house straightened up before any new American Adventurism abroad.
 
 
0 # dquandle 2015-07-03 14:50
Quite true. His foreign policy and military policy have generally been almost as reprehensible as Clinton's. He has been actively campaigning to get F-35 money into Vermont, the most expensive military technology debacle in US history, and he wants his portion of it. He has been a steadfast supporter of Israel's atrocities.
From: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/27/bernie-sanders-cannot-save-us/

``While Sanders voted against the original authorization to use military force against Iraq, he followed that vote with several subsequent votes authorizing funding of that war and the debacle in Afghanistan. "

"Most recently, Sanders joined ninety-seven other Senators and approved a $1 billion aid package to the coup government in Ukraine"

On June 20, 2014, the Burlington, VT CBS affiliate WCAX-TV reported that in response to a question about Obama’s decision to send at least 300 military advisors to Iraq in summer 2014. Sanders “says he can support the president’s decision to send advisors.”

"However, in 2006, he voted Yea on legislation that made the remaining fourteen provisions of the Patriot Act permanent and extended the authority of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct “roving wiretaps”

Kucinich, who was pilloried by Hillary, Obama, and the "Dems" was far more progressive than Sanders will ever be, and was strangled by the party for his anti-war, humanistic, and far reaching economic views.
 
 
+1 # BKnowswhitt2 2015-07-04 12:31
Fine it's possible to do both ... cut the american people into a portion of the profits made by private defense contractors using tax dollars ... increase taxes to the Eisenhour rates so that the super rich pay their 'fair share' % like they should since they benefit the most from out great 'Democracy' .. and things will be well .. and oh yeah stop listening to fascist right wing talking heads like Sean Hannity the rest .. and get brain of your own!
 
 
+45 # Vardoz 2015-07-02 18:13
Hillarys counting on the big money but this is not about big money, this is about a big movement and real change. I donated today and will keep donating and have offered to work for him as well! Like Warren says "You get what you fight for." Tears came to my eyes - We want him to win so much! We have to fuking make this happen!!!!

http://readersupportednews.org/…/31034-you-get-what-you-fig…
 
 
+14 # jon 2015-07-02 18:25
He is going to.
 
 
+37 # reiverpacific 2015-07-02 18:23
This is truly heart-warming.
In fact it's the most hope-filled, sincere all-inclusive address I've heard since I set foot on these shores many moons ago.
Eugene Debs' spirit must be hangin' about somewhere.
I hope that Scott Wanker is chokin' on whatever his cocktail of choice is. He can't turn his cheek to this guy forever.
Eat y'r heart out H. Clinton!
We're donating a bit and will continue to do so as things go up and down in our personal "Feast or Famine" profession.
 
 
+26 # reiverpacific 2015-07-02 18:41
Mind you, I worry that even if he overtakes the Clinton "Same-old , same-old" status-quo approved blah, the the elites of the Democratic Party will vote him down as the people's candidate in favor of Clinton's Military-corpor ate-war economy-friendl y-job shedding, pandering platitudes.
 
 
+17 # futhark 2015-07-02 18:51
This is what happened to Republican candidate Ron Paul in both 2008 and 2012. He generated a great deal of enthusiasm and support among the "grass roots", but was continually undermined by the mainstream media and the Republican Party elite. I would be very much disappointed if this happened to Senator Sanders' campaign and hope they are studying this problem and developing strategies to combat being ignored, marginalized, and denigrated, as was Dr. Paul.
 
 
+27 # jon 2015-07-02 19:07
That is why we have to unify behind him and get out the vote.

He has the message.

Democrats always do better on the national elections because more of us come out, and given this, we will give him a Democrat House and Senate. Then if we keep the pressure on them all, we will get money out of elections - finally.
 
 
+27 # jsonix 2015-07-02 20:00
You seem to ignore the fact that Ron Paul is batsh*t crazy. That may have something to do with his decline.
 
 
+8 # futhark 2015-07-03 01:55
Crazy enough to attribute the decline in America's international prestige to blowback from intervention in other nations, crazy enough to condemn the PATRIOT Act, crazy enough to laud Chelsea Manning and Edwin Snowden as patriots and heroes, crazy enough to express dissatisfaction with the 9/11 Commission report... Yup, absolutely insane!
 
 
+18 # jcdav 2015-07-02 19:54
I intend to write Bernie in if he is not an approved Democrat. I've had enough of the DNC's bullshit. I wrote them to say I would not vote before I would vote for Shillary or would write Bernie in.
Perhaps if enough people adamantly tell the DNC they will realize just who is electable, eh?
 
 
+16 # Saberoff 2015-07-02 21:09
"Perhaps if enough people adamantly tell the DNC they will realize just who is electable, eh?"

10,000 people in Madison are screaming it to high heaven!
 
 
-5 # dquandle 2015-07-03 14:56
Of course they will, and he will knuckle under. His choosing to run as a "Democrat" guarantees that.
 
 
+1 # JJS 2015-07-03 15:24
In 2006 Joe Lieberman lost the Dem party primary then ran as a third party candidate in the General elections. Bernie might want to do the same, if need be.
 
 
+12 # rhgreen 2015-07-02 19:02
I am a supporter of Bernie and I have put some $ contributions behind that. But in reading this article about the "massive" rally in Madison WI, bear in mind that Madison is the state capitol and also a university town. A turnout of 10,000 for a genuine left-liberal politician in Madison isn't all that surprising, especially after all that Wisconsin folk have been through recently under right-wing Republican governor and Presidential candidate Scott Walker. Bernie's arrival must have seemed like the Second Coming to starved Wisconsin liberals. I'm glad it went well, but you shouldn't think Madison is representative of the places that Bernie has to convince to support him.
 
 
+4 # gdsharpe 2015-07-02 22:36
Quoting rhgreen:
I am a supporter of Bernie and I have put some $ contributions behind that. But in reading this article about the "massive" rally in Madison WI, bear in mind that Madison is the state capitol and also a university town. A turnout of 10,000 for a genuine left-liberal politician in Madison isn't all that surprising, especially after all that Wisconsin folk have been through recently under right-wing Republican governor and Presidential candidate Scott Walker. Bernie's arrival must have seemed like the Second Coming to starved Wisconsin liberals. I'm glad it went well, but you shouldn't think Madison is representative of the places that Bernie has to convince to support him.
Right. Let's see how well he does in Texas, Lousiana, or Kansas.
 
 
-34 # BKnowswhitt2 2015-07-02 20:29
Well there is not any real evidence of climate change man made ... Bernie will harp on much more real issues far removed from the mainstream politics that won't touch it . his main contribution will be to drive the debate .. like Ross Perot in 92 did to drive issues in the national debate they won't let that happen again . nor have the two parties allowed that since .. Bernie will then create 'clitoral change' - by running on real issues and winning Iowa that will move Hillary more to the left .. that's all that will come out of it .. I wish it could be more than that but it wont' so i don't get too excited anymore . the system is cooked and so is the outcome already ....
 
 
+26 # tedrey 2015-07-02 20:53
Again you yourself are doing all you can to dampen hope and enthusiasm and thus assure that your undesirable predictions come true. I don't understand why some people want to kick the feet out from under those who are actually trying to make change possible and have already come so far. If you can't help, please be voluntarily silent.
 
 
+10 # MidwestTom 2015-07-02 21:28
Hope and enthusiasm are great and necessary, but what is critical is money, and Bernie will get Wall Street money---Hillary has it all tied up already. I agree that Hillary will bend left to weaken Bernie until she is elected, then she will revert to the conniving person that she really is.
 
 
-4 # dquandle 2015-07-03 14:53
Exactly. And use his momentum to gather the flailing liberals into her ranks. Sanders vowed not to play spoiler to Hillary.
 
 
+1 # HowardMH 2015-07-03 12:23
tedrey, you take to long to explain something to an idiot that will not understand it. Just say, Shut the F*** Up Idiot"
 
 
-2 # BKnowswhitt2 2015-07-03 17:09
Tell me i'm wrong then and 'burst my bubble' ... I know i'm correct there is no third party allowed .. so that's where Bernie would make it to the Debates live natioanlly and would have real influence .. however IOWA is not the USA ... all this can do is move the certain loser if she wins the nomination Hillary Clinton ... hope I'm wrong .. hope something more comes out of this .. hope there is a greater grassroots following ... but i seriously doubt it .. at least at this point ...
 
 
-2 # BKnowswhitt2 2015-07-03 17:11
This is Madison WI a known left leaning liberal hub .. and not even close to the mainstream folks who vote for president ... I wish it was not that way .. however that is reality and this is completely predictable by the way for anyone who studies this stuff or knows AnYThing about American Politics!
 
 
+1 # Scott Galindez 2015-07-05 16:13
2500 in council bluffs Iowa...4 times larger than any other candidates event in Iowa...'

get ready for Portland, Maine tomorrow...they moved the event to an arena because of the rsvp's.
 
 
+23 # jimmyjames 2015-07-02 20:36
Hallefuckinleul ia!! Go BERNIE GO!!!
 
 
+10 # Rockster 2015-07-02 21:49
Truth telling combined with a life achievement of walking the walk have an appeal that's very primal and powerful. I too am donating and telling the Demo Party to stop asking me for any donations that are not for Bernie, Eliz and the other true progressives. If the phony Tea Party Repubs can have the run they have had with so little honesty and intelligence Why can't we get behind Bernie and the Progressive movement and make a huge difference for good?
 
 
+15 # We the People of the USA 2015-07-02 22:33
Why did I volunteer for Bernie Sanders event in Madison yesterday? Why do I donate monthly and give additional amounts when able and promote him often as a candidate? I want my kids, yours, everyone's, and their kids to have a better future like Bernie states in his speeches. Bernie Sanders' message resonates as real, full of strength, vision, truth, We want the people of the USA to govern, not the power and greed of the billionaire class and corporations. We need to rebuild our middle class. That, and most of Bernie's talking points mean the world to me. We volunteers are enthusiastic and pleased to help people access Bernie's message and build his campaign. Certainly many more people were inspired to donate, register to vote, vote, and help volunteer as needed along the way! Perhaps we can draw Senator Sanders back in September or October once our UW-Madison students and staff return. With all of the recent and ongoing nasty Gov. Walker and GOP legislative attacks, UW students will be ready to hear Bernie's message and feasibly could fill the Kohl Center which seats 17,230, or supersize the event, American style, at Camp Randall football stadium which seats 80,321! We the People of the USA are Team Bernie!
 
 
+17 # Aaron Tovish 2015-07-03 05:08
Congratulations to the organizers brave enough to believe they -- and Bernie -- could fill that big arena! That's what I call "thinking big!"
 
 
+3 # Robbee 2015-07-03 10:43
re : sHillary really lost to obummer because she never connected with the people

- for discussion, merlin, you put your finger on hill's weakness, that she does not talk like one of us, unless she talks about women's rights, she lacks charisma, with her audience she doesn't bond

for discussion, she seems to have over-learned the lesson of rayguns, one of our great orators, who ended every key sentence on the uptone, as if he were asking a question, so we all hung on his next words, as if a great answer were coming - check her out next time you listen to her, she seems to end every freaking word on an uptone - she's disconcerting - despite her exceptional intellect, after all these years, and hopefully, speech coaches, she still talks like an automaton

so far warren and bernie are getting hill to try to start to sound progressive - she has direct access to her husband, the greatest orator of our time - if she can add sincerity and style, talk like she's talking about women, she can fix herself - if not, she can get steam-rolled by bernie, just like she got steam-rolled by obama - always a bridesmaid, never a bride - go bernie!
 
 
-3 # BKnowswhitt2 2015-07-03 22:15
Let's be frank not Barney Frank though i like the guy he'd be a much better pres than Hillary. The Dems are lying through their teeth on false Climate Change Global Warming which will be exposed as a scam and rightfully so in the near future and may be the decider in the next election. If so they deserve to lose. The system is so corrupt and gamed that it is at the very best laughable or you might cry .. so yeah is this guy for real? Of course ... Can he get elected? Not without some monumental outside occurance event etc etc as in Long long long long long shot. I'll put my money on Mitt The dumb shit Romney coming out of the woodwork late in the game to win the Repuke side and edge out Hillary .... who is not even remotely as good as Bill was .. get back to me folks next year .. and we'll see ...........
 
 
0 # drew 2015-07-04 19:53
Polls clearly show that the majority of Americans agree with Bernie (and Hillary) on the issues. We just need a candidate that can motivate disengaged, apathetic America to VOTE! Truth, sincerity, consistency, professionalism and common sense ideas resonate, as Bernie is showing. Just remember: at this point in history it will take more than just voting to take our Country back (from the Plutocrats & corporations) - informed Americans need to volunteer to work in campaigns, particularly mid-terms. Go Bernie!!
 

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