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LieparDestin

JANE SANDERS SAYS BERNIE CAMPAIGN WILL REMOVE ‘POWERS-THAT-BE’ FROM GOVERNMENT: ‘WE ALREADY HAVE CORPORATE SOCIALISM’

Jane O’Meara Sanders said elite establishment figures from both political parties are afraid of her husband’s policies promoting affordable health care and education, noting that the U.S. “already has socialism” — but only for corporations.

Sanders, the wife of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, told Fox News Saturday the “powers-that-be” in America are placing a shallow focus on her husband’s “Democratic socialist” label instead of what they’re really attacking — his campaign policies. Jane Sanders said “corporate socialism” has benefited billionaires like President Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg, while hard-working U.S. taxpayers end up paying for their business subsidies and bailouts. She rejected Joe Biden’s claims that Bernie Sanders can’t win by citing her husband’s back-to-back popular vote victories in Iowa and New Hampshire.

She called on the news media and the Democratic National Committee to talk honestly about the senator’s campaign policies, and not focus on labels and Hillary Clinton “hypothetical” scenarios.

“There’s clearly a pushed effort to find an alternative to your husband. What do you make of that?” asked Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto.

“I think it’s pretty obvious, [Bernie Sanders is] running a campaign that is ‘not me, us’ that’s about getting the working class a fair shake and being able to provide Medicare-for-all, affordable health care, affordable education and a Green New Deal. There are the powers-that-be and the status quo that don’t want him to do those things,” she said.

“They’re using lots of other reasons why they don’t support him, but the fact is it’s the issues. And we are talking about transforming this country and not having the powers-that-be continue to be the-powers-that-be,” Sanders told Cavuto. “Make it more government of the people and by the people.”

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https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/02/bernie-sanders-nevada-latino/606628/

Bernie Sanders wasn’t physically at a Las Vegas town hall on Thursday hosted by a Latino civil-rights group, but the enthusiasm for his campaign was still apparent. While three of his rivals—former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; and the businessman Tom Steyer—were there in person and got warm receptions, the largely Latino crowd broke out in chants of “Bernie, Bernie” when the senator from Vermont appeared on a live-stream.

Even though the Democratic primary kicked off with contests in two of the whitest states in the country, Bernie Sanders is already winning big with Latino voters. In both Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders claimed an overwhelming victory with Latinos—a validation of his playbook of mobilizing Latino voters that will now face its biggest test yet in Nevada, which is nearly 30 percent Latino and holds its caucus on Saturday. Though other candidates could still chip away at his advantage, Sanders’s success so far sends a clear sign to the rest of his field: His focus on Latino voters is paying off, and they have a daunting amount of work to do to catch up.

While overall turnout in the Iowa caucus was similar to that of 2016, Matt Barreto, the co-founder of the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, told me he estimates that Latino turnout at least doubled from four years ago, and that these voters broke sharply for Sanders. He won 51 percent of votes in the state’s 30 precincts with the most Latino voters, and in the 12 Latino-majority precincts, he won 66 percent of caucus-goers, according to an analysis by LPPI.

In New Hampshire, Sanders similarly blew away his opponents with Latino voters. An exit poll by NBC shows that Sanders won 39 percent of those voters in the state’s primary on Tuesday—about 20 percentage points more than any other candidate.

Sanders’s campaign insists that the senator will prevail with Nevada’s Latino voters because his operation dwarfs that of his rivals. Chuck Rocha, a senior adviser to Sanders, told me that more than 200 staffers, including 76 Latino staffers, are deployed across the state at 11 field offices.

“There’s one thing you cannot get back in campaigns, and that is time,” Rocha said. “But like most campaigns have done historically with Latino outreach, with just days left before the caucus, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg go up [with ads] on Spanish TV.” (The Sanders campaign started advertising on Spanish-language television last month.)
Any last-minute outreach to Latinos in Nevada could be too little, too late, Clarissa Martínez de Castro, the deputy director of policy and advocacy at the nonpartisan civil-rights group Unidos US, told me.

“You’ve got to build that relationship, right?” Martínez de Castro said. “No waiting for the last minute—I don’t think that’s the strategy that candidates use with voters that they really are trying to win, so they should not use it with Latino voters either.”

Sanders’s advantage with Latino voters means he could be poised for a big caucus night, but how he ultimately performs could have implications beyond Nevada, too: The state’s demographics make it a bellwether for Latino-heavy states like California and Texas, which vote on Super Tuesday, in early March.

Now that the race has moved beyond Iowa and New Hampshire, every candidate is rushing to court Latino voters. But in Nevada, Sanders’s operation will be tough to beat.

LieparDestin

Bernie Sanders campaign opens first field office in Central Florida

The majority of the people at the grand opening of the new Bernie Sanders campaign office just outside Winter Park were young, with only a few gray and white hairs to be seen – but they quickly took care of that.

“Anyone want Bernie hair?” volunteers asked, giving out hairbands with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ signature disheveled, white hairstyle. “I’ve got one, two, three Bernie hairs in the house!”

The Aloma Avenue space was the first field office in the Orlando area for the campaign, and the third Democratic presidential campaign office overall in Central Florida after U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who opened theirs earlier this month.

But the Sanders office was unique, organizer Grayson Lanza said, in that it was entirely paid for and set up by volunteers – without any paid staff.

“No other campaign has a volunteer-funded office in Central Florida or in general in Florida,” Lanza said. “It’s proof of concept. Bernie says, ‘How am I going to get this done? How are we gonna get all these great policies done?’ Mobilizing people. He’s not even in office right now. And people are so mobilized that they are coming together, organizing themselves and renting out an office space for people to use to elect him. Could you imagine when he’s a president? What people could do?”

The volunteers were buoyed by Sanders’ recent victory in the New Hampshire primary and sort-of victory – in raw votes, if not in delegates, though a recanvassing continues – in the Iowa caucuses. The Vermont senator had gone from a longshot when he first ran in 2016 against Hillary Clinton to the relative frontrunner in 2020, in a race where more moderate Democrats were splitting their votes.

“I got a [text] from a friend who was definitely a hardcore Warren supporter this whole time, and she [texted] me and she’s in Florida and she was like, ‘I just want to let you know, I sent in my ballot and I voted for Bernie, okay?’” Durga Truex of Casselberry told the group, to cheers.

orlbucfan

I have a campaign meeting a block from my house next Tuesday night. I can walk to it, and have already RSVP’ed. 🙂 Hope the weather cooperates. Aloma Avenue is too far for me. It’s about a 25 minute drive from here. However, the campaign organization blows 2016 out of the water. Terrific! T and R, la58!!

LieparDestin

What Bernie offers Trumpites: Sanders’ message resonates in surprising ways with some of the president’s fans

The day before Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary last week, I was wandering the streets of Manchester. Donald Trump had just given a huge rally at the arena downtown, and floods of red-hatted fans were spilling out for the long trek back to their cars. Out of curiosity, I approached a number of them — the true die-hards who would still find a Trump rally novel at this point — to ask what they made of the field of Democratic candidates. Anyone they could conceivably tolerate? And in particular, what about Bernie?

The answers were all in a similar vein: They largely disagreed with the Sanders policy agenda. But, on some level, they kinda liked him — or at least, didn’t hate him. This could not be more different from the sheer, visceral loathing one universally found among Trump supporters in 2016 regarding the specter of a President Hillary Clinton. Rightly or wrongly, Hillary accumulated years and years of frothing resentment from conservatives (and many leftists) to the point that she was commonly viewed as something close to pure evil.

The same cannot be said for Sanders.

Why? For one thing, Bernie is seen as a threat by his party’s establishment. In 2016, the Democratic National Committee did everything it could to thwart him, and being systematically maligned by the institutional party apparatus produces some degree of sympathy in Trump supporters who might otherwise find the abstract concept of “democratic socialism” mortifying. After all, Trump was (at least initially) maligned by the GOP establishment too.

And unlike Hillary, Bernie is largely invulnerable to charges of personal hypocrisy. There is almost nothing Bernie is saying now that you can’t find clips of him saying several decades ago in nearly identical language. It was the well-founded impression of entitlement, sleaze and corruption that engendered such intense animosity toward Hillary in 2016 — and Bernie exhibits virtually none of that.

The revulsion of Clinton also had a policy component; beneath all the pandering, focus-grouped pablum, she was ultimately a corporatist D.C. insider likely to drag the country into more wars and maintain the status quo on trade. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg all evoke similar suspicion from the Trump faithful. Conversely, Bernie exists almost in a realm of his own — he will have the ability to channel some select “America First” impulses through a left-wing filter, without the baggage of scattershot, scapegoat-fueled Trumpism.

LieparDestin

Who Is Faiz Shakir? Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Manager Has An Impressive Resume

Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders recently won the New Hampshire primary and is positioned for a strong performance in the upcoming Nevada caucus. One reason behind Sanders’ recent success is his campaign organization, which is managed by Faiz Shakir.

Shakir, 41, is the first Pakistani-American and first Muslim campaign manager for a major party presidential campaign. Shakir joined the Sanders campaign in February 2019, and has worked for liberal causes both on Capitol Hill and in the nonprofit sector.

Prior to joining the Sanders campaign, Shakir worked as the national political director for the American Civil Liberties Union. He served in this role for a little over two years and helped the organization launch its “People Power” website, the ACLU’s grassroots army which mobilizes people across the country to support civil liberties.

Shakir also served as a senior adviser for then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., from 2013 to 2017 and worked briefly for House Speaker Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

From 2005 to 2012, Shakir worked for the liberal Center for American Progress and helped start the ThinkProgress news blog.

Shakir also has an impressive educational background. He has a law degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s in government from Harvard University. He is married to Sarah Miller, an antimonopoly advocate who targets corporate power.

orlbucfan

I’ll bet he is fed up with CAP, now.

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‘I know he was elected in the last few years…’…

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Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

OMG!!! She’s humiliated. Why did she take this interview with no preparation?

orlbucfan

Cos she’s dumb and unqualified! 🙂

wi61

OMG is right she Klobe-Chared herself

Benny

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