In a bid to get young people to the polls, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told a crowd made up mostly students that if they don’t vote, Republicans will win.
“If voter turnout is low, you’re going to end up with right-wing reactionary leadership in Florida,” Sanders told a crowd of several hundred people at the University of South Florida on Wednesday.
Sanders’ visits to USF and the University of Central Florida in Orlando earlier in the day were all in an effort to solidify support among a key block of voters who are notorious for sitting out of mid-term elections.
Sanders said he was told before taking the stage that just 81 votes out of a potential 2,900 have been cast in the precinct that includes the USF campus.
“That’s pathetic,” he told the crowd, before announcing that Democratic attorney general candidate Sean Shaw would lead students to an early voting site on campus after the speech.
“Your views don’t mean anything unless you participate in the political process and you come out to vote,” Sanders said.
Several students who spoke to 10News said they had not voted yet but intended to do so, with most saying they were headed to one of the on-campus early voting sites.
“It’s not too late,” said USF student Aly Palumbo. “I think this rally will really help get people going to the polls.”
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https://thehill.com/homenews/house/413427-dems-warn-party-message-lacks-punch Democrats are sounding growing alarms in the final push before the midterm elections that the party lacks the message it needs to combat President Trump and win back Democratic majorities in Congress. “We haven’t had a real message since the last presidential election, so why change it now?” said Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis. “We had no message in 2016. We had no message in between. We have no message going into this election … You have to give people a reason to vote for you, not a reason to vote against someone else. “In terms of a Democratic Party …Continue reading →
Two years after a tough loss in South Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders returned Saturday to the state where he said his progressive message is resonating more strongly than before.
In an interview with The Associated Press following a rally attended by roughly 1,000 supporters, Sanders said, “The day is going to come, sooner than people believe, that South Carolina is going to become a progressive state.”
“We have helped transform political consciousness in this country,” the Vermont independent said.
Sanders’ trip to the home of this first-in-the-South presidential primary came as part of a swing through several other states with early positions on the primary calendar. Next up was Iowa. A visit to Nevada was planned for next week.
The South Carolina trip differed from many of Sanders’ other stops, where he’s stumping with congressional candidates. None of them campaigned with him in South Carolina, with some young Democratic leaders in the state eschewing his trip as a self-serving exercise.
Still, Sanders received thunderous applause from his crowd of supporters.
“So there are progressives in South Carolina! I was told that nobody would come out to a meeting like this,” Sanders said. “Thank you all very much for being here.”
The trip was billed as a “Medicare for All” rally at the behest of Our Revolution, an offshoot of Sanders’ 2016 presidential effort.
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