Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders packed Louisville’s Palace Theater Tuesday night during a campaign-style rally intended to unify and rebuild the Democratic Party after last year’s elections.
“We need to make the Democratic Party not just the party of the east coast and the west coast, but the party for all 50 states,” Sanders said.
The event was part of a speaking tour through conservative states across the country with the new chair of the Democratic Party, Tom Perez.
Sanders echoed promises he made during his presidential campaign last year — proposals to raise the minimum wage, make public colleges tuition-free, close the pay-gap between men and women and raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations.
He also called for a “Medicaid for all, single-payer system” and criticized Republicans for attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“You don’t need a Ph.D. in economics to know that it is immoral and bad economics to support legislation that would throw hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians off of the health care that they have — would do serious damage to the economy here,” Sanders said.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called on Maine Democrats to help “transform” the party through political activism at all levels of government Monday during the first stop of a national tour aimed at unifying a fractured base.
“Our job is to radically transform the Democratic Party . . . into a 50-state party and a party that does not continue to ignore half of the states in our country,” Sanders, whose populist rise caused major heartburn within the Democratic National Committee last year, told the fired-up Portland crowd at the State Theatre. “Our job is to create a democratic party, a grassroots party where decisions are made up from the bottom on up, not from the top on down.”
Sanders – who many in the crowd believe should and perhaps could have been president – took the stage immediately after the man tasked with convincing voters from Maine to Alaska that the Democratic Party still stands for them.
Tom Perez, the newly elected chairman of the DNC, acknowledged that the party will “have to earn your trust” but pledged to lead a new, more inclusive party focused on rebuilding.
“The mission of the new DNC is not simply to elect the president of the United States,” Perez said. “It is to elect Democrats from the school board to the Senate.”
More than 1,500 people gathered at the Portland theater for the event, dubbed the “Come Together and Fight Back” rally.
In Atlanta, the Democratic National Committee is meeting to pass resolutions and elect a new chair. Currently there is debate about an amendment added last night to resolutions concerning the corporate lobbyist donations to the DNC–to keep it in the package for the DNC Unity Commission to review. The question is whether or not to continue the debate (motion to strike the amendment or not). The body voted to strike out the amendment, which means corporate money will be in the package for consideration. So much for taking big money out of politics. Update: Tom Perez has won the DNC … Continue reading →