Home2020 Elections5/19-20 BNR – In Deep South, Sanders Campaign Crosses 100,000 in attendance in TH’s and Rallies Since Launching Campaign; Bernie’s MTP Appearance, Next Stops in AL, & More
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Of course, not a surprise


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined other 2020 Democratic hopefuls on Sunday in pledging to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support the Roe v. Wade decision protecting abortion rights.

“If you’re asking me would I ever appoint a Supreme Court justice who does not believe in defending Roe vs. Wade, who does not believe that a woman has the right to control her own body, I will never do that,” Sanders said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

He also condemned a new Alabama law that will ban abortion except when there is a threat to the mother’s life.

“What they did in Alabama was unbelievable,” he said. “The idea that women in this country should not be able to control their own bodies is beyond belief.”



I find it very disconcerting that the messages in interviews with Bernie are being subtlety undermined with audio cues. For this Meet the Press, most people will not understand why they feel a mild irritation when Bernie speaks. It comes from the video being mismatched with the audio. Other than graphics or film people, most people will not notice it, but the lack of synchronization is most definitely there.

YouTube has tons of videos on how to fix sync issues, maybe the MSM newsrooms need to watch some of those.

This disruption of the message is also seen in a lot of Bernie interviews where there is a distinct echo when he speaks. Audio technicians could very easily fix this.

Yes, these sound issues are subtle…reminds me of the pumping the smell of popcorn into theaters…but they can be very effective in shaping how people listen to the message. And, in my opinion, it is quite deliberate.

PS. Todd did not even flinch when Bernie said that he expected the “hammer and sickle” smears from Republicans, but not from the media (the small hesitation before he said media had me fill in the word “Democrats”). Very deftly done by Bernie.

A more pronounced example of mismatched audio:


These just never get old (the poll at bottom):


Yang is ahead right now with Bernie in second.


From what little I’ve heard on the tech wires tells me to not. vote for this guy.


T and R, Benny!!







Sanders, who like many of the Democratic presidential candidates on the campaign trail this weekend spoke in fervent terms about fighting the laws, made it a particular point to address the men in the audience while doing so.

Asked about the choice to directly address his male supporters, Sanders seemed pleased that someone had noticed. “Good. Good question!” he said. “Because it’s, it’s not just a woman’s issue. It’s obviously a woman that goes to get an abortion, but this is an issue that men cannot separate themselves from it.”

“Last I heard, it takes two to have a baby,” he added.

“I think men understand that, but I think that this is not just a woman’s issue. It’s an issue that all of us have got to stand up and say that in America in 2019 you cannot take away a woman’s right to control her own body — and men have got to stand with the women on this issue.”


Gravis is not a great pollster, but if Bernie is tied with Biden and 57% of the respondents are over 50 that’s not bad.


A new 2020 Democratic presidential caucus poll of Iowa voters found Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tied for first place with former Vice President Joe Biden, who has yet to formally declare his candidacy. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) came in close behind the two well-known Democrats.

Sanders and Biden both stood at 19 percent in the poll from nonpartisan research firm Gravis Marketing, which was conducted April 17-18 and released Monday.

Buttigieg came in third place among Democratic candidates with 14 percent, but was outflanked by voters who said they were “uncertain,” at 16 percent. Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) both polled at 6 percent.

A majority of respondents — 57 percent — were 50 or older, and 58 percent were women. A majority also described themselves as either somewhat liberal (38 percent) or very liberal (25 percent).


This is a dated poll that turned up as new so it can be ignored. There was that other poll that Benny highlighted today that had them tied though


LOL! Maybe this is why the pollsters are getting things wrong.

The video is worth a chuckle.😁👍🤔


Shocked that Caitlin seems to be advocating a Green vote! FTB



MTP deleted that tweet. Haha. It’s still up, tho and getting ratioed to hell. 😂


Speaking of war



Dubbed “A Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public School Education,” Sanders’s plan is the most progressive and equitable public-education agenda of any presidential candidate in the modern history of the United States. Sanders is making a clean break with a bipartisan consensus that has led to the dismantling of public education under successive Republican and Democratic administrations. It is an unapologetic repudiation of the Betsy DeVos-Arne Duncan era of market-based school reform. It is also an implicit jab at his Democratic rivals—namely former Vice President Joe Biden who anti-segregation busing programs in the 1970s and Senator Cory Booker, who as mayor of Newark wanted to make the city the “charter school capital of the nation.”

At the core of the sweeping platform is the premise that we should treat public education as a public good, not a commodity. Sanders is calling for desegregation measures, a massive federal investment to rectify funding inequalities, plugging the shortfall in special-education funding, raising teacher salaries to at least $60,000 year and tying pay to cost of living, investing billions in community schools and after-school and summer programs, making school meals free and universal, and rebuilding decaying school infrastructure.

The Sanders’s education agenda is an embodiment of the demands of the thousands of teachers who have gone on strike and youth, particularly of color, in cities like Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Newark, and Providence who have walked out and railed against privatization, high-stakes standardized testing, budget cuts, and school closures in recent years. As Sanders has repeatedly said, if we can give tax breaks to billionaires and corporations, there is no excuse to guaranteeing a dignified public education for all. This sets Sanders apart in a crowded primary field.


Just gag me with Biden’s populist rhetoric.


While two of Mr. Biden’s rivals, Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have made a public show of refusing to cater to the Democratic Party’s wealthiest financiers, Mr. Biden and his campaign have welcomed them into the fold. It amounts to a bet that the litmus-test politics on the left around big contributors will not prove as potent as the funds Mr. Biden can collect from them.

The day before Mr. Biden’s entry into the race in late April, he held a conference call to reconnect with former top fund-raisers for President Barack Obama. In the days before that, Mr. Biden spent much of his time making one-on-one calls to contributors like Mr. Morgan. And on his first evening as a candidate, Mr. Biden did not shy away from holding a major fund-raiser at the home of David L. Cohen, a top executive at Comcast.

The hundreds of thousands of dollars raised at that event proved crucial to producing Mr. Biden’s $6.3 million first-day haul — the biggest in the Democratic field, narrowly topping Mr. Sanders and former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas.

That is not to say Mr. Biden is abandoning populist rhetoric.

“Our Constitution doesn’t begin with the phrase ‘We the Democrats’ and ‘We the Republicans.’ And it certainly doesn’t begin with the phrase ‘We the donors,’” Mr. Biden said in his speech that day.

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