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Sanders keeping door open on 2020

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Sanders keeping door open on 2020

Sanders keeping door open on 2020

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew Dem message doesn’t mention TrumpOvernight Healthcare: Trump pressures GOP ahead of vote | McConnell urges Senate to start debate | Cornyn floats conference on House, Senate bills | Thune sees progress on Medicaid GOP seeks to meet referee’s rule on healthcare repealMORE (I-Vt.), who battled Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonNew Dem message doesn’t mention TrumpPressure on Trump grows as Kushner is questionedCruz being considered to replace Sessions: reportMORE in the 2016 Democratic primary and created a revolutionary movement among millennials, is having discussions about running for president again.

“Yes, is the answer,” said one Sanders associate who helped with the senator’s previous bid, in response to a question about whether the Independent senator from Vermont had begun to think about another run.

“He thinks he’s earned the right to run again, and he believes if he would have been the [Democratic] candidate he would have won against Trump.”

The source also suggested that Sanders is making his plans with other candidates in mind.

“The last thing he’s going to do is step aside and let Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders keeping door open on 2020Biden deflects questions about 2020 run at OZY FestThe Hill’s 12:30 ReportMORE take it,” the Sanders associate said.

Sanders, 75, hasn’t publicly said if he intends to run for president again and his office did not respond to questions.

Some of his actions, however, have people talking.

Earlier this month, he traveled to Iowa for the first time since losing the state’s caucuses to Clinton during the Democratic primary. He gave a keynote address at an event sponsored by the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

Next month, he’ll return to the state again to promote his book, “Bernie Sanders: Guide to Political Revolution.”

Sanders held campaign-style rallies in West Virginia and Kentucky earlier this month, where he criticized the Republican healthcare plan. In April, he appeared front and center on a tour across red states with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.

Jeff Weaver, who served as Sanders’s campaign manager said Sanders is “keeping the door open” for a second White House run.

Larry Cohen, a senior adviser to Sanders in 2016, said it would be good news if he ran again.

“I can speak for the millions of people who supported him in saying we would love it if he runs again, and we’re hopeful he’ll run again,” Cohen said.

Cohen also predicted that if Sanders does run again, it will be as a Democrat.

Cohen said he doesn’t believe Democrats would reject him, either, given the work he’s done for the party, including through the road tour with Perez and campaigning for other Democratic candidates.

Weaver agreed.

“He’s part of the Democratic leadership in the Senate and helped raise millions of dollars to help down-ballot Democrats,” he said. “He’s helping to reform the Democratic Party. I think it speaks for itself.”

Still, the decision by Sanders to run for the Democratic nomination in 2016 as an independent is a sore spot for some Democrats. There are also Clinton supporters who believe Sanders deserves some of the blame for Clinton’s loss to Trump.

Polls suggest Sanders, along with Biden, would have to be seen as favorites if they were to enter a 2020 race.

A Public Policy Polling survey out earlier this week suggested that either candidate would be the favorite over Trump.

“From what I can see, he’s popular in the polls, Democrats like him and I’m sure if I was in his position I would be thinking of running for president again, too,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “He certainly has true believers that would support him through hell or high water and they feel like they were robbed and destiny is on his side.”

At the same time, there are also Democrats looking for fresh faces — such as Sen. Kamala Harris, the freshman California senator with a growing national presence.

Some Democrats “feel we’d be better off if we started from scratch and ran someone completely new, and I think there’s an argument for that,” Bannon said. “It seems to me if you’re running against someone like Trump, you want someone who can run unencumbered and isn’t part of the usual crowd.”

The Sanders associate said the one candidate who might give Sanders pause about trying to run for the White House again is progressive Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenNew Dem message doesn’t mention TrumpSenate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal voteDemocrats roll out ‘Better Deal,’ new economic agendaMORE (D-Mass.), who would likely run on a similar platform.

“Some of the Bernie folks feels she would take the fire away from him,” the source said.

Republicans say his age is also a factor. Sanders will be 78 in 2020.

“Sanders is too old to mount a serious campaign,” said John Feehery, a Republican strategist. “That being said, his nonestablishment message still is pretty powerful, especially with the disaffected grassroots of the Democrats.”

Another problem that stands in the way of Sanders’s White House bid would be an FBI investigation into whether his wife, Jane, falsified loan documents while serving as president of Burlington College. The school shut down in May 2016 after going bankrupt and failing to meet accreditation standards.

Sanders has defended his wife, and said the attacks are a political smear.

“My wife is the most honest person I know,” he told CNN’s Erin Burnett in an interview in late June.

“It’s fairly pathetic that when people are involved in public life, it’s not only that they get attacked, but it’s their wives and their families that get attacked.”

Despite that controversy, Sanders allies say he has the momentum, and he has a head start in the 2020 race.

“He’s keeping almost the same schedule that a presidential candidate would keep,” the Sanders associate said. “He’s doing more travel, more rallies, more for the DNC than anyone else.”

“He realizes this is his moment and he’s taking advantage of it,” the source said.

The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced that he will challenge every single one of the side deals that Trump and Mitch McConnell cut with Republican Senators in an effort to get them to support the healthcare bill.


The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced that he will challenge every single one of the side deals that Trump and Mitch McConnell cut with Republican Senators in an effort to get them to support the healthcare bill.

In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Sen. Sanders (I-VT) said, “Today, the Senate parliamentarian made a determination that at least a dozen provisions in the disastrous Trump-McConnell ‘health care’ bill are in violation of Senate rules and cannot be included in this bill without 60 votes. One of these provisions is the “Buffalo Bailout” that was inserted into this bill in order to secure the vote of a tiny-handful of Republican representatives from upstate New York. This is a very important ruling. What this ruling means is that side deals which benefit individual states will most likely be ruled in violation of Senate rules. As the ranking member of the Budget Committee, I will challenge any one of these state-specific provisions. We need legislation which improves the lives of people in all 50 states, not legislation which is geared to obtaining the vote of this or that Republican senator.”

The Democratic Socialism of Bernie Sanders and his supporters has been a powerful force in the health care debate. Sanders was promoted to Democratic Senate leadership exactly for moments like these. He has been able to take his grassroots energy and rally people to the Democratic cause.

If Sanders does challenge all of the side deals that Trump and McConnell cut, he will get them stripped from the bill, and support for the legislation should collapse. The final nail in Trumpcare’s coffin might come from Bernie Sanders, as the pretend capitalist owned by Putin is about to be handed a defeat by Democratic Socialist who has worked his way to national prominence from the grassroots of Vermont.
Bernie Sanders Personally Thanks Every American Who Stood Up And Fought Back On Healthcare

Bernie Sanders Personally Thanks Every American Who Stood Up And Fought Back On Healthcare

Bernie Sanders Personally Thanks Every American Who Stood Up And Fought Back On Healthcare

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) used an appearance on ABC’s The View to thank every American who stood up, fought back, and refused to allow Republicans to take healthcare away from 22 million Americans.

Bernie Sanders Personally Thanks Every American Who Stood Up And Fought Back On Healthcare

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) used an appearance on ABC’s The View to thank every American who stood up, fought back, and refused to allow Republicans to take healthcare away from 22 million Americans.

Sanders said, “I want to personally thank millions of Americans who stood up and fought back and said that no, we’re not going to throw 22 million people in this country off of health insurance, cut Medicaid by $800 billion, defund Planned Parenthood, make it almost impossible for people with preexisting conditions to get affordable healthcare, and the American people say we’re not going to do that and give tax breaks to billionaires and large corporations. It appears that we have won that struggle right now.”

The key words in Sanders comments were right now. Republicans and Trump aren’t going to give up on taking health care away from 22 million people. There will be another vote on a stand alone repeal bill next week. The next bill must also be defeated before the country can get the real victory of forcing Republicans to negotiate a bipartisan health care bill with Democrats that will be passed and signed into law.

Until a new bill is passed that takes Obamacare repeal off of the table, the fight must continue.

Bernie Sanders was right. None of this would be happening without the hard work of millions of Americans, but the work isn’t done, and the fight must go on.

Bernie Sanders Celebrates Trump’s Crushing Healthcare Defeat In The Senate

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) celebrated the collapse of the Republican health care bill and called it a great victory for the American people.

Bernie Sanders Celebrates Trump’s Crushing Healthcare Defeat In The Senate

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) celebrated the collapse of the Republican health care bill and called it a great victory for the American people.

In a statement provided to PoltiicusUSA, Sanders said, “I am delighted to see that the disastrous Republican health care plan will not succeed. The American people want to proceed to health care for all, not see 22 million Americans thrown off of the health care they currently have. This is a great victory for the millions of Americans who stood up and fought back against this dangerous legislation.”

Republicans have never been able to overcome the ideological divide in their caucus. The moderates have not wanted to take health care away from anyone, and far right conservatives want to take healthcare away from everyone. There is no middle ground between the two positions within the GOP caucus.

McConnell may revive the health care bill at some point, but the Senate Majority Leader was never strongly invested in repealing Obamacare. McConnell’s main focus has been passing a massive tax cut package for the wealthy, but make no mistake about it, McConnell tried every trick in the book to pass this bill. He drafted the bill in private, refused to hold committee hearings, and planned to strictly limit floor debate.

Mitch McConnell tried to ram this bill through the Senate, and he failed because the American people said no.

Sen. Sanders is correct. This victory was because people would not allow Republicans to pass their bill. The American people were relentless in their opposition, and wouldn’t quit until Republicans had no choice but to back down.
Sanders won’t take 2020 presidential bid ‘off the table’

Sanders won’t take 2020 presidential bid ‘off the table’

Sanders won't take 2020 presidential bid 'off the table'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersUK’s Corbyn: I told Bernie Sanders he gave me ‘campaign ideas’Poll: Sanders is most popular senator in any home stateSanders: No amendment could fix Senate’s ‘absolute disaster’ healthcare billMORE (I-Vt.) refused to swear off a 2020 presidential bid in an interview, arguing that it’s “much too early” to make a decision.

“I am not taking it off the table, I just have not made any decisions. And I think it’s much too early,” he said in an interview set to air Thursday morning with SiriusXM Progress’ “Make it Plain with Mark Thompson.”

“Our job right now is to not only fight against this disastrous healthcare proposal, it is to take on all of [President] Trump’s reactionary proposals … There’s a whole lotta fights that we have to fight. It is just too early to be talking about an election 3 1/2 years from now.”

Sanders has repeatedly kept the door open for a 2020 run amid constant speculation that he will seek to run again after falling short in the 2016 Democratic primary. That speculation came to ahead once again this week when Sanders announced he would return to Iowa, where he fell just a few delegates short of winning the 2016 caucus, as part of his book tour later this summer.

Outside of his work in office, Sanders remains extremely active politically, rallying his supporters against Trump and pushing the Democratic Party to embrace his progressive agenda. He’s continued to travel the country to support political candidates and an affiliated nonprofit, Our Revolution, works to advocate for his agenda and to back candidates up and down the ballot.

During the interview with SiriusXM, Sanders also shared his concerns about Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump’s lawyers knew about Trump Jr. emails weeks ago: reportKushner pushed WH for tougher defense of Trump Jr. emails: reportWhite House releases emails sent to voter fraud commissionMORE Jr. and his decision to release an email transcript that appears to show him setting up a meeting with a Russian lawyer who offered damaging information about Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump’s lawyers knew about Trump Jr. emails weeks ago: reportKushner pushed WH for tougher defense of Trump Jr. emails: reportTrump Jr. pitch was part of broad Russian effortMORE.

“From my point of view, it is a very damaging piece of evidence. But what is important is that there be a methodical, objective, bipartisan process that looks at this whole business of the possibility of Trump’s campaign colluding with the Russians,” he said.

“This is pretty clearly a damaging revelation, but the process has got to continue, and it will.”

Trouncing Trump in 2020? Bernie Sanders Promotes ‘Guide to Political Revolution’
| July 11, 2017 | 10:17 am | Bernie Sanders, political struggle | No comments
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is going to Iowa in August to promote his new book, “Bernie Sanders: Guide to Political Revolution.”

Sanders will give a speech in Iowa City on August 31 to market the book, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports.

The local news outlet noted the appearance will mark Sanders’ first return to Iowa since narrowly losing to eventual Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries. Nevertheless, Sanders has proven “remarkably popular” in Iowa City, home to the University of Iowa, the Press-Citizen noted.

After Clinton lost to a Republican candidate who boasted of escapades including “grabbing women by the pussy,” independents and left-leaning voters may look to Sanders as a savior to dethrone US President Donald Trump in the next presidential election.

A Fox News poll conducted in March found Sanders to be the most popular politician in the nation. Sanders was viewed much more favorably among respondents than Trump and easily squashed establishment politicians — including Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, and Mitch McConnell — who all ranked lower than Trump in terms of net favorability.

Vox reporter Matthew Yglesias wrote a column on July 7 declaring “Bernie Sanders is the Democrats’ real 2020 frontrunner,”citing the politician’s ability to draw massive crowds.

Other candidates that have been discussed as possible names on the 2020 presidential ticket include California Senator Kamala Harris, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, former Vice President Joe Biden, and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Yglesias pointed out.

One concern about Sanders’ candidacy is his age. He will be 79 in 2020, hypothetically making him the oldest president ever, in the event that he were to win.

Sanders is a staunch advocate of single-payer healthcare and universal higher education.

Lawyers Representing Bernie Sanders Supporters Fear for their Life
| July 10, 2017 | 12:43 pm | Bernie Sanders | No comments

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Lawyers Representing Bernie Sanders Supporters Fear for their Life

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: June 26, 2017

Jared Beck of Law Firm Beck & Lee Trial Lawyers of Miami, one of the Law Firms that Brought the Lawsuit Against the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Jared Beck of Law Firm Beck & Lee Trial Lawyers of Miami

Jared Beck is not a lawyer likely to file a frivolous motion in Federal court. He’s an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College. Prior to setting up his own practice with his equally impressive wife, Elizabeth Lee Beck, he worked for two prominent corporate law firms where he represented clients like Cadbury, General Motors and Snapple.

Jared Beck is one of the lead lawyers representing supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders in a Federal lawsuit that charges that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and its former Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, engaged in overt acts to undermine the Sanders’ presidential primary campaign while boosting the prospects of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Presidential nominee. The lawsuit makes charges of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, deceptive conduct, unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence. Under the DNC’s bylaws, it must act in a fair and impartial manner to all Democratic candidates during the primaries.

The lawsuit on behalf of Sanders’ supporters was filed on June 28, 2016. In less than two months, two young men who were potential witnesses in the case were dead. Seth Rich was a 27-year old DNC employee who was shot to death in Washington D.C. on July 10, 2016. Police continue to work on the theory that the murder was a botched robbery, despite the fact that nothing was taken from Rich’s body.

Less than a month after Rich was found dead in the street, Shawn Lucas, the 38-year old who was the process server of the DNC lawsuit, was found dead on his bathroom floor on August 2, 2016. Lucas would have been called as a witness because the attorneys for the defendants claimed his service of the lawsuit had been “insufficient service of process.” Three months after his death, the Chief Medical Examiner’s office determined the cause of death to be: “Combined adverse effects of fentanyl, cyclobenzaprine, and mitragynine.” The manner of death was listed as an “Accident.” See our report on the findings here.

Now Beck and his legal team have told the court they have concerns for the safety of their plaintiffs and themselves. On June 13, the lawyers filed a request with the Federal court for court-ordered protection for the plaintiffs and their families, themselves and their employees, and potential witnesses in the case. The lawyers outlined a series of threatening events that have occurred since June 1 and provided detailed exhibits and sealed documents. The court turned down the request two days later, noting that there were “one hundred fifty plaintiffs in this case, who reside in forty-six jurisdictions, represented by five counsel of record,” thus potentially requiring “the entire United States Marshals Service to direct all of its efforts and attention to this specific case…”

What the request for the protection order did do, however, was send a warning message to those engaging in the harassment that Federal agents might be covertly monitoring the key players in the case.

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