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Bernie Sanders as Vice President? Signers of the Petition to Redo the Hijacked NY Primary Respond to My Article

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Sharon Carman: Bernie had to endorse. He didn't concede

Scott Marcus: The best position for Bernie, would be Secretary of the Treasury. With him there and Warren in the Senate, they can really clamp down on banking problems.

Judy Goldstock: It would kill me to see Bernie teamed up with a liar warmonger sociopath. So no - terrible idea.

Alison Landes: To further his 'revolution,' Sanders looks to launch up to three new organizations
"In the coming weeks, I will be announcing the creation of successor organizations to carry on the struggle that we have been a part of these past 15 months," the senator from Vermont said. "Our goal will be to advance the progressive agenda that we believe in and to elect like-minded candidates at the federal, state and local levels who are committed to accomplishing our goals."
Jeff Weaver, Sanders' campaign manager, said Sanders is working to set up at least two, and possibly three, "sister organizations" to carry out those missions.
One will be devoted to policy formulation. A second will focus on recruiting and training candidates. And a third might engage in other political activity, possibly registering as a political action committee, Weaver said.

William Thompson: If Bernie stays in the Senate he'll be the chair of the budget committee -- a position of actual power. He and Elizabeth Warren can team up to push progressive policies. Having him cut ribbons and attend funerals of heads of state is a waste of his talents.

Marcia Tanabe: I am not sure what I would do if Bernie was on Clinton's ticket as the VP. I am not sure how much he could get done as VP. And I do not trust Clinton. Is this something that Bernie has said that he is open to? I am currently leaning very strongly towards Jill Stein. I hope you will share with everyone what you have heard back from other Bernie supporters.

Chandra Stovall: Thank you for your email and your articulate article. For many it is confusing how Bernie would endorse Hillary ahead of the convention, after he vowed to fight all the way and then also sought donations for delegates just last week. It naturally makes me cry foul as if something is amiss, even to the point of concern if his family has been threatened.... (?). Anyway, though I have never taken Bernie for a "politicking kind of guy" your suggestion of what may be going on could make sense. I don't know what so many of our "Berners" would do if faced with a Clinton/Sanders ticket..... and I for the first time am not sure how I would react! Altogether, thank you for the email and the article. I look forward to its publishing.

Cari Gardner, New York State Delegate Congressional District 16:

Here are my thoughts:

1) Whenever this has been suggested, in the past, I thought it ridiculous. That Bernie wouldn't want this. That he would lose all his power. I would like to know more about how much power you think he would have as President of the Senate. Wouldn't that only be effective if the Dems are in the majority? (Which, of course, if Bernie brings out the vote, that will happen.) Clearly, Biden hasn't been effective, that I can tell. Although he's not nearly as progressive as Bernie.

2) Do you not think there is a chance that Bernie will win when we delegates contest the nomination? There is so much dirt still out in the ether. And, it seems, Hillary's poll numbers, compared to Trump, are dropping. And, there has been a massive campaign to lobby the super delegates.

3) I will ask this next question, but I already feel fairly certain of the realistic answer. Do you not think there is any chance Bernie will run Green or Independent? Can he be put on the Green Ballot and the WFP ballot? (I think he already will be) Add to those write-ins, and he could probably win. The answer I am fairly certain of is that Bernie wouldn't do this because he is a man of integrity. Although he certainly has enough cause to renege on his promise to not do that.

I think these are all the things I pondered while reading your essay. Thanks for all your efforts. In Solidarity.

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