As posted on the earlier thread, Bernie Sanders declared victory in the Iowa Caucus. He won by 6,000. As we all remember from Bernie’s political history, it’s not the first time he’s won narrowly. That was the case in Michigan, and NH/SC/NV will likely be squeakers too.
Bernie Thanks Misty Rebik and the Iowa Team:
— Daniela Lapidous (@danielalapidous) February 6, 2020
From Misty Rebik, Bernie’s state campaign director in Iowa:
What an honor to be in the struggle with some of the geekiest, best data folx – and the best damn organizers in the country!
Shoutout to caucus guru Evan Burger who took a call during this pic per Evan style. pic.twitter.com/F6pXzCiHBc
— Misty Rebik (@mistyrebik) February 6, 2020
Please go to twitter and send Misty some love and digital red roses!
Clap for the Queen @mistyrebik who organized & managed one of the largest, most inspiring presidential campaigns ever.
You delivered a win for Team Sanders in Iowa & set the movement on a track to win the nomination and the White House.
— Stacey Walker (@swalker06) February 6, 2020
DNC Chair Tom Perez has called for a “recanvass” which I just learned is a “review” not necessarily a recount. We’ll see if the numbers flip, but for now, onward to NH!
Finally, Bernie speaks out against the DNC Rules Committee for changing the rules to allow Bloomberg into the debates. Rebecca Klar from The Hill reports:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday blasted the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) recent decision to eliminate its fundraising requirement for candidates to qualify for debates, potentially allowing his Democratic presidential rival Mike Bloomberg on stage. Rebecca Klar at The Hill reports:
“I think it is an outrage,” Sanders said during a press conference in New Hampshire. “Listen, rules are rules, and people like [former Housing and Urban Development Secretary] Julián Castro played by the rules, campaigned really hard. [New Jersey Sen.] Cory Booker played by the rules. [Hawaii Rep.] Tulsi Gabbard played by the rules. Andrew Yang played by the rules.”
All the people Sanders mentioned are, or were at one time, competing in the Democratic primary.
“And based on the rules determined by the DNC, they were unable to participate in one or more debates,” he added.
Sanders and other candidates in the race have criticized the DNC’s move last week to drop a donor requirement, which has opened the door for Bloomberg to make the debate stage.
Bloomberg was not allowed to participate in the first Democratic debates because he is self-funding his campaign and did not meet the DNC’s requirement that candidates raise money from a certain number of contributors.
Under the rules rolled out last week, Democrats can meet either a delegates threshold or polling threshold to qualify for the Feb. 19 debate in Las Vegas. That could open the possibility for Bloomberg, who has risen in recent national polls, to appear in the event.
The billionaire former mayor of New York City has been running an untraditional campaign, skipping the first voting contests in the primary and instead focusing his resources on March 3, known as Super Tuesday, when more than a dozen states will hold voting.
Sanders on Thursday slammed the party’s decision to change the rules for someone “worth $55 billion,” referring to Bloomberg without calling him out by name.
“Suddenly a guy comes in who has not campaigned one bit in Iowa or New Hampshire … but he’s worth $55 billion and I guess if you’re worth $55 billion you can get the rules changed for a debate,” Sanders said.
Reminder: CNN TownHall with Bernie is 7CT/8ET tonight. If I can locate a livestream, it will be posted.
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