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More Responses on the Idea of Bernie as Vice President, My Recent OpEdNews Article

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Suzanne Chowla in Missouri Progressives:

Bernie is still a Senator (his current term does not end until January 2019, and he may run for one subsequent 6 year term). If he does run, he will certainly win another term from 2019 through 2024 (at which point, he'd be 85, so one final Senate term will be it). He has done a GREAT job in the Senate for Vermont (and for the whole country), Vermont adores him, and they will re-elect him if he wants another term.

If the Dems take back control of the Senate in November (which is likely), Bernie will be the Chair of the Senate Budget Committee. He will be able to do a lot of good for the American people there. His work in the Senate has always made me proud that I supported both his Senate campaigns (from CA, because he's the Senator I MOST wanted to be in the Senate working for me). He will also have additional influential committee positions, enhanced by merit of the Democratic Party taking back control of the Senate, which makes it more possible for him to advance the issues dear to our political revolution.

Warren Woodge Thank you for your attempts to preserve what's left of American democracy. Sanders is still running. He 'endorsed' her in name only, because the DNC requires candidates to endorse the nominee or lose their delegates & be banned from the convention. Bernie knows what he is doing. He is still going to the convention to contest their nomination.

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DiAnn Walkinshaw: She has so much garbage she's dragging around that that might be a very opportune spot for him to be in?

Liz Amsden: To reach a mainstream audience, from whom you will need to obtain the support to promote Sanders as VP, I would tone down the anti-Hillary sentiment so her supporters don't tune out. Build on what Bernie legitimately brings to the table including his integrity, that he has consistently tested best of all candidates running against the Republicans, that he has the support of other demographics, that he can turn out the young vote, etc..

Fred Feldman: I could live with Bernie as veep, but prefer president on the Green party ticket.

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Gabrielle Dolphin: This is a good article and a good idea. I've heard floated the idea with Bernie as VP, HRC DOES get indicting and Bernie takes over. I never imagined Bernie would run as VP with HRC...but today, I wonder. It surely looks like HRC can't win with Bernie. Since Bernie has not conceded, nor suspended his campaign, I'm feeling like things can still "pop" unexpectedly. Over all, it never hurts to float ideas...we've reached that point in time where we've crossed the Rubicon and are now in uncharted waters. Just my take on the situation...there are surely others with far more insight than I.

Linda Springer Spellman: He said he wouldn't be accepting any position from her. Instead, he's going to run for his Senate seat again in 2018. I hope he would't run as her VP, because then maNY of his supporters may vote for her. I think voting for her sends the wrong message that it's OK to reward bad behavior as long as Trump loses. I can't do that.

Malcolm Burn: There seems to be some lack of understanding amongst the general public regarding what role other than symbolic that the VP plays in a functional way so I'm always interested. I recall from my history books that Teddy Roosevelt was devastated to be handed the role. Only fortune played into his hand when he became President due to the untimely death of President William McKinley. I personally am not wishing for a similar turn of events in order for Bernie to become President. I recall that the Republican party gave the VP spot to TR in an effort to neutralize his growing power as a populist figure. Bernie would be better off remaining influential as a senator rather than trading his job in for a "figurehead" position.

Phyllis Lafferty: Thanks for that excellent article -- I must say when I first read it was VERY hard to swallow --- Bernie as Queenie's VP ---- but it would give us more hope, especially if - and that is a BIG if (perhaps even HUGE if) one of these many lawsuits FINALLY produces the needed results to send her to the big house ---- then there would be OUR president. I wish I'd only mourned for 12 minutes -- it has been much longer for me and I'm still VERY angry. So, I and probably a few more million Bernie supporters need all the positives you can give us. Again - Thanks

Jason Edwards commented on your post in Northeast Ohio Progressives.

The notion that Bernie Sanders does not know what he is doing is just not true. He knows exactly what he is doing

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Yvonne Landry: I agree.

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