Bernie Sanders returned Sunday to Michigan, the state that re-vamped his underdog 2016 presidential campaign, hoping to boost the candidacy of another long-shot progressive looking to score an upset.
Sanders joined Abdul El-Sayed, 33, for two rallies — the first at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, and the second in the town of Ypsilanti, 30 minutes west of the Motor City.
Taking the stage Sunday afternoon in Detroit, El-Sayed — who is trying to capture the Democratic nomination in this year’s Michigan gubernatorial race — echoed Sanders’ populist rhetoric, asking the crowd: “Who here believes in democracy over corporate domination?”
“We’ve got a broken politics, our politics right now have been dominated by corporate interests,” El-Sayed told the crowd, saying both parties are to blame for the issues plaguing the current political system.
El-Sayed also trumpeted his plan to create a “Medicare-for-All” healthcare system that he dubs “Michicare.” He added that the state needs to “de-Devos” its education system, an ode to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a former chair of the Michigan Republican Party.
Sanders hearkened back to his upset victory in the state over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential primaries.
“On the day before the presidential primaries here in Michigan, the polls had me 27 points behind,” Sanders told the crowd. “That was pretty good, because the poll the day before had me 36 points behind.
“Well, we won that election, and by the way, so will Abdul,” Sanders said.
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Fox News continues to spread misinformation about the Mercatus Study. Here’s Bernie’s video which thoroughly debunks the myths about the Canadian health care system: Fox News is at it again. They can't accept what a right-wing think tank found: that Medicare for All will actually save our country trillions of dollars. pic.twitter.com/5HakZHBFEa — Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 31, 2018 Tweets and news items of possible interest in the comments section. Hope you have a great day!
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) thanked the Koch brothers on Tuesday for “accidentally making the case for Medicare for All” in a new analysis on the cost of single-payer healthcare.
Sanders made the comments in a video he posted to Twitter after a study published by Charles Blahous at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University — a center subsidized by the billionaire conservative activists Charles and David Koch.
“Let me thank the Koch brothers, of all people, for sponsoring a study that shows that Medicare for All would save the American people $2 trillion over a 10-year period,” Sanders said.
In the study, Blohous predicts Sanders’ universal, single-payer healthcare plan would raise federal healthcare spending by about $32.6 trillion between 2022 and 2031. Other economists noted in the same study, however, that federal healthcare spending would drop overall by just more than $2 trillion.
In the video, Sanders thanked the Koch brothers for proving his plan would cut healthcare costs.
Harnessing the momentum of national endorsements, Democratic governor hopeful Abdul El-Sayed touted his progressive message as he campaigned in Michigan Saturday alongside New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The progressive Democrat reiterated his plans for a $15 minimum wage, clean water, efforts to “de-Devos” the state’s education system, and Medicare for all to a group of more than 300 people inside the Ferris Wheel in downtown Flint.
“These are not just possible,” said El-Sayed. “We will make them our future in the state of Michigan.”
Ocasio-Cortez, the surprise Democratic winner over incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Cowley in a district including the Bronx and Queens, endorsed the Shelby Township Democrat El-Sayed for Michigan’s next governor in early July. A self-described “democratic socialist,” Ocasio-Cortez also was scheduled to rally with El-Sayed in Grand Rapids and Detroit on Saturday and Ypsilanti Saturday.
El-Sayed is the only candidate able to deliver on the promise of health care for all, said Ocasio-Cortez. She urged volunteers to help convince potential voters that “this is a system worth buying into, that it is still possible to elect people who are divested from corporate money.”
“Our swing voter is not red to blue,” she said. “Our swing voter is the voter to the non-voter, the non-voter to the voter.”
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday endorsed Abdul El-Sayed for Michigan governor, giving the former Detroit health department director a high-profile boost less than two weeks before the Democratic primary.
Sanders, a democratic socialist from Vermont, scored a surprise win in Michigan’s 2016 presidential primary, topping eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by less than two percentage points.
El-Sayed is hoping to pull of a similar upset next month. He is running third in recent polls of the Democratic gubernatorial field, which includes former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing and Ann Arbor entrepreneur Shri Thanedar.
Sanders, in a statement, said he was “proud” to endorse El-Sayed, a 33-year old Rhodes Scholar who lives in Shelby Township.
“As governor, Dr. El-Sayed will fight for a government in Lansing that represents all the people, and not just wealthy special interests,” he said.
“Under Abdul’s leadership Michigan can help lead the nation in guaranteeing health care for all through a Medicare for All single-payer type system, tuition free public colleges and universities, a minimum wage of $15 per hour and strong environmental protections.”
.@BernieSanders is a relentless advocate for justice and equality; I'm inspired by the progressive movement he has built. Bold ideas like single-payer and tuition-free and debt-free college are at the forefront of our politics now – and I'm humbled to help continue that fight. pic.twitter.com/hu1fDEckSF
When John Kennedy ran for president in 1960, he accepted the Democratic nomination with a stark declaration: “Today our concern must be with that future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do.” The 1960s were only beginning, but the young senator from Massachusetts was convinced that the new decade would be a time of momentous change. Kennedy secured a transformational election victory that year because he convinced the American people that he and an evolving Democratic Party had a dramatically better understanding of what that future should look like than Richard Nixon and the Republicans.
The Democratic Party of today desperately needs to renew its franchise as a party of the future. This is its greatest challenge and, unfortunately for the party and for the country, few if any prominent Democrats have proven to be up to the task.
That is why grassroots Democrats search so ardently for new leaders, for contenders who recognize, as Kennedy in 1960, that “The times are too grave, the challenge too urgent, and the stakes too high–to permit the customary passions of political debate.”
If today’s Democratic Party is ever going to get ahead of the debates of the moment, a new generation of Democratic leaders must recognize what Kennedy recognized: that there are “new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people.” This will, necessarily, require them to wrestle with the questions that arise at the intersection of technology and democracy. That’s what makes the candidacy of Dr. Abdul El-Sayed for governor of Michigan so remarkable, and so exciting.
The 33-year-old Rhodes scholar who gained national prominence as the crusading director of the Detroit Health Department has mounted a gubernatorial campaign that embraces the future–and that confirms the recognition he earned from the University of Michigan in 2017 as an alumnus “whose achievements carry on Michigan’s traditions of intellectual creativity and academic endeavor, of civic engagement, and of national and international service.”
El-Sayed’s campaign talks about the future with a confidence that distinguishes him from the vast majority of candidates of both parties–who are focused, at best, on the present and, at worst, on “great again” strategies for stumbling backward. That confidence is displayed in the position-paper specifics of a campaign that does not hesitate to explain that there really are solutions for today’s greatest challenges: an ambitious 24-page plan for establishing a Medicare-for-All health-care system in Michigan, a 37-page strategy for taking the profit motive out of education policy, and a 25-page plan for transitioning to a renewable-energy economy.
“The details matter,” declares the El-Sayed campaign. “So we wrote policies with them.”
There’s a reason we have primaries. Democrats differ.
Some of us: Reject corporate money. Stand for single-payer. Talk about racism. Stand for real change.
I think if you ask a lot of people this question you will get a lot of different answers, so what is it? I think I can best define it as the interweaving of these two main components: Actual people unbeholden to moneyed interests running for office using Bernies technique of policy first, positive, PAC free and people oriented campaigning, offering real solutions the people can actually get excited to vote for, to stimulate political activity. Large percentages of the population becoming politically interested with some becoming actually politically active, specifically due to these real solutions being offered and help …Continue reading →