How Bernie Sanders plans to win, and change Washington


CBS’s Face the Nation has this article, How Bernie Sanders plans to win, and change Washington, on their web site.

In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Sanders said that the president ran “one of the great campaigns in the history of the United States of America” in 2008, but he also made a mistake by trying to negotiate fair compromises with Republicans and their leadership in Congress.

Before giving you the money quote on this topic, let me show you a clip that I think deserves a lot of emphasis.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, supports Pope Francis in ending what he calls “casino-type capitalism.” The senator believes Pope Francis has been a “voice of conscience” all over the world.

Now back to the President’s big mistake. I have commented on what Bernie Sanders has said before, but it is well worth repeating for the skeptics. You actually have to go to the article and watch the video to get the whole thing and the real impact. What Bernie says here, is one of my main complaints against Obama, almost from the day after he took office, and, remember, I voted and campaigned for Obama.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, says he’ll be able to build a giant grassroots movement of support to win the Democratic nomination and the 2016 election, but that he’ll also go one step further than President Obama did successfully harness his grassroots support to change Washington.

In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Sanders said that the president ran “one of the great campaigns in the history of the United States of America” in 2008, but he also made a mistake by trying to negotiate fair compromises with Republicans and their leadership in Congress.

“The truth is Republicans never wanted to negotiate, all they wanted to do is obstruct,” Sanders said. “What I have said throughout this campaign is electing Bernie Sanders as president is not enough. Not going to do it. We need a mass grassroots movement that looks the Republicans in the eye and says, ‘If you don’t vote to demand that your wealthy people start paying their fair share of taxes, if you don’t vote for jobs, raising the minimum wage and expanding Social Security, we know what’s going on, we’re involved, we’re organized, you are outta here if you don’t do the right thing.'”

He plans to build that grassroots coalition by bringing more people into the political process and focusing heavily on poverty and income inequality.

“I’m going to be going around the country not only to blue states…but to red states, conservative states. We’re going to go to Alabama, we’re going to go to Mississippi,” Sanders said. “I think the message that we have is resonating. People are going to get involved in the political process, we’re going to drive turnout up and when we do that we win.”

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