Bernie Sanders Talks "Turning Nebraska Blue" During Visit to Omaha
07:42, Apr 25, 2017
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But Sanders would say something, like criticizing Donald Trump or talking about, you know, climate change or health care, and he would win big applause.
"It sounds to me like you guys are ready to make a political revolution".
Sen. Bernie Sanders' multi-state unity tour with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez continued for a fourth day in North Texas, where he addressed a crowd of almost 2,000 at the Verizon Theater. Sanders said,"I am an independent", as Perez sat next to him.
"If Democrats think the path forward following the 2016 election is to support candidates who substitute their own judgement and ideology for that of their female constituents, they have learned all the wrong lessons and are bound to lose".
Back in 1985, Sanders said "I am not now, nor have I ever been, a liberal Democrat". They believe more people in the country are on their same page. "We need to open the doors of the Democratic Party to working people and to young people". I am a different type of Republican, I am not going to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, I am going to drain the swamp, I am going to take on Wall Street. Sanders' wing of the Democratic Party represents a rejection of these principles - an embrace of socialism, which may be growing more popular but actually represents a threat to both justice and prosperity.
A man sells "Bernie 2020" T-shirts outside the event for $20 each or two for $30.
Sanders appearance-all part of a select Red State rally-the-grass-roots effort-finds Mello ready to take the stage at Baxter Arena, and let the votes fall where they may. Chairman Perez called the President's proposed budget "inhumane" then added an expletive. As you can imagine, abortion rights groups pushed back.
Asked about that kind of message, Perez demurred and said Democrats needed to campaign on "hope" and later called it a "false choice".
"I have a name for it".
Sanders and Perez also addressed the party's goal of raising the minimum wage to $15 and hour, bringing wage equality to women and boosting infrastructure spending. He dismissed claims that people wouldn't lose coverage under the Republican plan as "bulls-t".
He said his road trip this week with Perez was not about sending a message of unity, but rather about focusing attention on the issues and encouraging voter participation.
Said Sanders: "If you're just standing back and moaning and groaning and making amusing jokes about Trump, that ain't good enough".
The event is meant to rally supporters and local grassroots activists around a progressive agenda. In November, Trump won 118 of Kentucky's 120 counties, including Elliott County, which had never voted for a Republican presidential candidate in its 147-year history.
At another rally Tuesday night in Louisville, Ky., Sanders said: "We have got to stand together".