Sanders Urges Party To Go Beyond Comfort Zone

Posted April 20, 2017

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez received boos on Monday night when a guest speaker suggested that maybe some of the attendees at the DNC "Unity Tour" showed up to see him speak.

I mean, the point here is that, I think, all over grassroots America, whether they're Democrats, independents or Republicans, people are perceiving that Trump did not tell the truth in his campaign in terms of what he would do as president of the United States. 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.

Danny Beus, chair of the Cache County Democrats, said local Democrats still favor Sanders. In the end, he earned almost two-thirds of the ballots cast in Maine's Democratic presidential caucuses to beat Clinton, who won the party's presidential nomination. The 10-day tour will take them from Portland to Nevada. The pair appears Wednesday at the James L. Knight Center in Miami.

Meanwhile, Sanders said he believed Trump understood he needed to work with China to rein in the North Korean nuclear threat. Sanders will headline a Louisville event aimed at helping re-energize Kentuckys downtrodden Democratic Party.

The state's Republicans have successfully campaigned against the Affordable Care Act in recent years - Gov. Matt Bevin won his 2015 election promising to scrap the state health exchange, Kynect, and scale back the Medicaid expansion. A Democrat hasn't been elected governor since 1994.

In Palm Beach County, Democratic Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo was re-elected in December to a post she's held since 2012.

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Sanders also made it clear that the Democratic Party needed a 50-state strategy.

"Health care is absolutely a right in this country, or should be", Perez said. Perez now faces the challenge of rebuilding the Democratic party following Clinton's debilitating loss to Donald Trump in the presidential race in November. "That's what we will do: Fight like hell with you", Perez said.

But it had the opposite effect for Torp, who has changed her party registration from Democratic to independent.

On Monday, Sanders kicked off the red-state tour with Perez, who narrowly defeated Sanders' preferred choice for the job, Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota. "We don't want to risk letting the small things that divide us make us lose our focus".

The Florida rally, which begins at 7 p.m., comes five months after Trump won Florida. "It's absolutely absurd that the Democratic Party has turned its back on working people in literally half the country", Sanders said.