Bernie Sanders: 'I'm an Independent'

Ross Houston
April 25, 2017

Perez and Sanders are on a national tour, titled "Come Together and Fight Back", that attempts to capitalize on discontent with President Donald Trump and boost the Democrats prospects in the 2018 midterm elections.

He says from now on his party will be a party for 50 states.

"Here in Nebraska...both of your United States Senators are Republican, all three of your members of Congress are Republican, you have a Governor who is Republican, and while you have a Legislature which is technically non-partisan, I think you all know if they declared their allegiance they would be Republican as well", Sanders said. "Which puts you in a great position".

"If you run as a Democrat, you're a Democrat", he said. "You have no place to go, but up", said Sanders.

Sanders outlined an agenda that includes raising the minimum wage, guaranteeing pay equity for women, making public colleges and universities tuition free and combating climate change.

A day after the vote, their best laid plans in tatters, the more organized elements of the progressive resistance begin to mobilize.

From the Republican side, the Republican National Committe Chairperson Ronna McDaniel released a statement saying, "This past November, Arizona voters rejected the far-left policies".

Almost 80 percent of Utah Democrats backed Sanders in the March 2016 presidential preference votes over the party's eventual nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"Kudos to Chair Tom Perez and the DNC for recognizing that we are a stronger party when we stand for our core values", she said in a statement to The Huffington Post. Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders gained roars of approval from a friendly crowd on Monday, April 17, 2017, as he called for a radical transformation of the Democratic Party into a grassroots movement founded on the tenets of his unsuccessful Democratic presidential campaign: fighting against the billionaire class and rigged economic and political systems. Part of the point of the event was to boost a Sanders supporter who is now running for Omaha mayor.

Rebecca Soderquist, of American Fork, waited patiently, pushing her 2-year-old son Owen in a stroller. In fact, when Sanders was asked point-blank if he considered himself a Democrat, he said no. "But so do Democrats".

Rally attendee Melinda Feldman said she supported Hillary Clinton in the primary race, but she was turning to Sanders for direction and ideas for moving forward. "We need to be in every corner of this country". When asked if the DNC backs "Medicare for all", Perez said his party believes "healthcare is a right, not a privilege".

Some in the crowd also booed at the first mention of the Democratic National Committee.

"We have millions of people who are living in pain", he said. When Sanders was unable to make inroads with the party's "super-delegates", the senator and his faithful talked about the "rigged" party system, and even after the senator endorsed Hillary Clinton and campaigned on her behalf, it was nearly always on the party's terms.

"We need to transform the Democratic Party", he told the crowd, slipping into same, familiar lines from the campaign. Chaffetz announced he will not seek re-election and that he may leave office early.

Perez initially defended the DNC's acceptance of an anti-abortion Democrat.

"Donald Trump did not win the election - the Democrats lost the election!" he said (again) during an event in Miami on Wednesday night.

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