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Why Democrats Should Start Swinging Toward Sanders

Updated on June 19, 2015

Sanders is Winning Big Labor

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) rallying for pension rights with union members.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) rallying for pension rights with union members. | Source

Sanders has New Endorsements...Does Clinton?

The mainstream media continues to skimp on Bernie Sanders coverage, obviously hoping to pick up Pulitzers by focusing on favorable coverage of a possible first female president. Hillary Clinton continues to be touted as the Democratic frontrunner, and Sanders is often first mentioned in regards to how far behind Clinton he is in the polls. But Sanders, the dogged U.S. Senator (I-VT), is gaining ground on the former U.S. Secretary of State in the polls. Now, Sanders is within striking distance of Clinton in key states like Wisconsin and New Hampshire.

While critics may dismiss Sanders' boost in the polls as temporary and due to mere curiosity over America's sole self-proclaimed "Democratic Socialist," Sanders is gaining on Clinton in another way the provides long-term stability: Key endorsements. Recently, Sanders got the endorsement of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, and the executive board of the state organization publicly recommended that the national body endorse Sanders as well. Today, Sanders received the endorsement of the potent Ready for Warren movement, which had sought to draft U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for a presidential bid.

Warren's supporters, which included many women, will be a big boost for Sanders, who still trails Clinton significantly among women voters. Showing that Bernie Sanders has the seal of approval from the Elizabeth Warren crowd could sway many undecided Democrats who previously saw Clinton, rather than Sanders, as the closest candidate to Warren.

Meanwhile, Clinton has failed to land a liberal bigwig, mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, as an endorser. De Blasio, seen as one of the most liberal top-tier Democrats, may swing his support behind Sanders and help the small-town Vermonter win more votes among urban liberals. As a former U.S. Senator from New York, failing to get a clean sweep of New York endorsers could harm Clinton's campaign, signalling that local insiders have doubts about her leadership.

While Clinton has remained relatively quiet since officially declaring her candidacy, Sanders has been moving and grooving, recently speaking in D.C. against multiemployer pension reforms that would allow "deep cuts" to pensioner benefits, reports The New York Times. Teamsters and other union supporters rallied with Sanders at his Washington press conference, showing their support. Given this track record, especially compared to Clinton's silence, Sanders stands to sweep the labor unions when picking up endorsements ahead of the Democratic primaries.

Keeping quiet may help Hillary keep the Republicans at bay, but Sanders is filling the void and showing that he is truly the candidate to reckon with. He is honest, unafraid, lacks the weaknesses of Clinton's controversial past, and is saying what needs to be said. Go, Bernie, go!


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      reeblite 2 years ago

      hard notch bernie fans better except hillary if she's nominated. my prediction is clinton/sanders, and these sanders fans, had better still get out and vote for the democrat party. some of them are saying they'll vote republican if he doesn't get nominated. crazy.

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      CJ Kelly 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      I don't think anybody likes de Blasio. And is he really a "bigwig?" He will be a one term mayor for sure. I hope you're right but I don't see how Clinton does not get this nomination. He could win NY. He's from Queens originally (I think). So he knows the urban landscape. But the debates will be fun.