Perez-Sanders tour kicks off amid progressive skepticism

What I'm trying to do, and I've been doing this for a number of years in a variety of ways, is to revitalize American democracy, to create a political system that is not dominated by billionaires and large corporations, but bring working people into the political process.

Sander's appearance comes as Democratic parties nationwide are trying to appeal to the working class in states including ME, where a resurgent Republican Party in the last decade has gained ground in rural communities roiled by the closing of paper mills and sluggish economic growth. If there is a special election to fill Chaffetz's seat, Perez said the national party will back the pick of Utah Democrats.

But Perez disagreed with that assessment in an interview with NPR on Monday ahead of the tour.

It's a tricky dance for Sanders, an independent who does call himself a Democrat - rather, a democratic socialist - but sought the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and aligns with the party's minority in the Senate. In 2016, he'd voted for the Green Party's Jill Stein for president, and was hopeful about Democrats, but also interested in Maine's new ranked-choice voting law, which could benefit a left-wing third party.

Tanya Torp had enough of the Kentucky Democratic Party when she saw one of the state's politicians, Alison Lundergan Grimes, holding a gun.

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. But then Perez would talk about progressive causes like health care or climate change, and win big applause.

"If you run as a Democrat, you're a Democrat", he said.

Sanders was on MSNBC with DNC chair Tom Perez.

Sanders has scheduled a rally Tuesday evening in Louisville.

James Thompson, the Kansas Democrat who lost last week, wrote on Twitter that disappointed progressives should focus on upcoming races instead of casting blame.

Hayes followed up by asking Perez, sitting next to Sanders, if he agreed with the Vermont senator's approach.

"You don't need a 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. Sanders is in a tour of Republican states in an attempt to energize Democratic voters.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Gov. Rick Scott's and the Republican-led Legislature's refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The Independent senator also defended his endorsement of a Democratic candidate in Nebraska who supports restrictions on abortion access. The former Democratic presidential nominee even told The Washington Post that Ossoff "was not a progressive" and that he was more interested in candidates who were economically populist. "We have to articulate our values and put those values into action every day".