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What I just told the press about our campaign

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A short while ago, I gave a brief statement to the press about our campaign, and where we go from here. Let me start by saying that last night was not a good night for our campaign from a delegate point of view.

We lost the largest state of the night, Michigan, but we won in North Dakota and currently lead in the state of Washington, the second largest state of the evening.

But what has become more and more apparent, with each passing primary, is that while we are currently trailing in the delegate count, we are strongly winning the debate about the future of our country.

In poll after poll after poll, including exit polls, a strong majority of the American people support our progressive agenda.

The American people are deeply concerned about the grotesque levels of income and wealth inequality in this country.

The American people believe it is time for the wealthy and profitable corporations to be paying their fair share.

The American people understand that the federal minimum wage is a starvation wage and that it is time to raise it to a living wage of $15 an hour -- nothing less.

The American people understand that if our kids are going to make it into the middle class, we must make public colleges, universities and trade schools tuition free.

The American people understand that we cannot continue a cruel and dysfunctional health-care system where we are spending twice as much per capita as any other nation, yet 87 million of our neighbors remain uninsured and underinsured.

And that last point is becoming more and more obvious to the American people as we face the challenge of the coronavirus. Imagine a pandemic where 87 million people have a difficult time going to a doctor.

The American people understand that climate change is an existential threat to our planet and we need to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels.

The American people understand that we need to transform our broken and racist criminal justice and immigration system that locks up four times as many people as communist China and leaves millions here at home living in fear.

But it is not just the ideological debate we are winning.

We are winning the generational debate as well.

While Joe Biden does well with older Americans, especially those over 65 years old, our campaign continues to win a vast majority of younger people in this country.

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Bernie Sanders is the independent U.S. Senator from Vermont. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. He is a member of the Senate's Budget, Veterans, Environment, Energy, and H.E.L.P. (Health, Education, (more...)
 
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I saw Bernie's news conference. All he relayed is very true.

However, for Bernie to succeed he must address the fear many citizens have over the Coronavirus and help people to understand that his total overhaul (with which I agree) won't mean the immediate disruption of medical care people are now receiving.

As Bernie says, so many people want the kind of changes he espouses. However, equally true is that many people may agree in substance but fear the immediate nature and seemingly inflexibility of Bernie to acknowledge that these changes won't take place overnight.

That doesn't mean he needs to change his platform. He does need to reassure voters... particularly older ones, that there will be an "order" to all the reforms he wants to make.

His idea are great. I believe we can't move in baby steps like Hillary wanted to and as Joe Biden wants to. We must be bold.

However, the boldness must be couched in a framework that is organgized. I believe that many who support Bernies ideas are fearful of the implementation.

It's incumbent upon Bernie to explain how he will implement all the changes he proposes. And of course, he has been weak on the cost of his changes... particularly to medical care.

One can make the point that he states it will come from taxes on equity transactions, etc. but this is not specific enough for a skittish public.

Hopefully, in Sunday's debate he will find a way to better communicate exactly how the changes he suggests will actually play out.

He's got a tough sell. I hope he makes it!!

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Now that the democratic establishment has coalesced around the relic, I would be astounded if the DNC did not cancel the Sunday debate.

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I agree as they cannot afford to have Biden speak in public.

What is amazing to me is the older folks are literally cr*pping on their grandchildren as they vote for Biden who has a history of cr*pping on them. This is not a case for the "what;s good for the goose is good for the gander". The younger people, those grandchildren, have a better understanding of what's going on than their grandparents/parents and they do not want to be left with an empty cart and decaying nation.

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Beautiful as usual, Dennis.

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If Bernie gave two sh*ts about "winning the debate about the future of our country" he would be fighting to have at least a Democracy in this campaign by insisting Tulsi Gabbard be on the debate stage rather than completely ignoring her as still being in the race.

She is still in the race, therefore, could at least be acknowledged by Bernie. After all, she is the one who gave up a political career in order to campaign for and endorse him in 2016. He appears to be more of a "friend" to Biden. Maybe it is Bernie who is also suffering from dementia as he keeps referring to Biden as a decent man.

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