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The Fight for College for All



Oct 16, 2019

For three decades, I have been advocating for tuition-free higher education. If you are new to this effort, we welcome you to the fight for justice.

Senator Sanders: Support for Medicare for All Keeps Rising



Oct 16, 2019

Some of you may have seen a recent poll which showed that 86% of Democrats and 68% of Independents now support Medicare for All. The reason is pretty obvious. It is getting harder and harder to defend a dysfunctional healthcare system in the United States, in which over 80 million people are uninsured or underinsured and some 30,000 people die every single year because they don't get to a doctor when they should. What the American people are demanding, loud and clear, is a system that guarantees health care to all people as a human right, not a system in which billions of dollars are made by drug companies and insurance companies. We are going to win this fight.

How Bernie Sanders scored a coup and won the backing of Ocasio-Cortez and Omar

Sean Sullivan and Chelsea Janes
Oct. 17, 2019 at 5:00 a.m. EDT

Yet it was Sanders who prevailed in the endorsement chase, with an approach that mirrored his strategy for winning voters: methodical, policy-driven and consistent.

Excerpt:

“A lot of good conversations. A lot of good, thoughtful conversations,” Shakir said after Tuesday’s debate, by way of explaining the process that won her over.

He said the endorsements were part of a larger plan heading into the final months before the first nominating contest, the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses. “We thought it would be very helpful to start rolling these out in October and keep building momentum into November and December and ultimately, hopefully, win the Iowa caucuses,” said Shakir.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a Sanders campaign co-chair, said the biggest benefit of the endorsements “is the message that Bernie Sanders resonates with young people, with communities of color, with women.” Sanders has sometimes struggled to attract African American audiences.

In an email to top campaign personnel Wednesday, Sanders’s political team said it was eager to roll out a new slate of state-level endorsements, but was holding off until next week to allow for more time to woo people who may have been swayed by the debate and the congressional endorsements.

“This is the moment, in our perspective, that everything has to move in the upward direction,” Shakir said. “It was our view that we wanted to start off the fourth quarter with some strength. I think rolling out a couple major endorsements of people who can inspire a lot of young people around this country is a good marker, I hope, of success in the next months to come.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-bernie-sanders-scored-a-coup-and-won-the-backing-of-ocasio-cortez-and-omar/2019/10/16/53beca18-f020-11e9-8693-f487e46784aa_story.html



NEW: Bernie Sanders will travel to Detroit Oct 27 to meet with Rashida Tlaib and tour her district

https://twitter.com/ryanobles/status/1184511488335196161

Sanders thanks the "well-wishers" after his heart attack - Democratic Debate



Oct 15, 2019

Bernie Sanders Closing Debate Statements



Bernie Sanders discusses political friendships during his closing statement.

Ilhan Omar: Why I'm so proud to give Bernie my endorsement for president of the United States:



https://twitter.com/IlhanMN/status/1184437891197472769

Sanders campaign announces more than $620,000 raised Tuesday from more than 40,000 contributions

https://twitter.com/fshakir/status/1184336781283676160

https://twitter.com/rubycramer/status/1184331407948222464

Bernie Sanders's Campaign Is Alive and Well

By Eric Levitz@EricLevitz 1:20 A.M.

Excerpt:

At the Democratic debate in Westerville, Ohio — his first major campaign event since taking ill — Bernie wasn’t just his old, bizarrely sharp and energetic-for-a-septuagenarian self. He was better, crisper, and funnier than before. The hoarse voice that plagued Sanders on the last episode of this (wretched) TV show was gone. A new perspective on the fragility of this life — and the preciousness of every opportunity to mitigate the suffering of other human beings — had, presumably, taken its place. Or maybe Bernie just got a good night’s sleep Monday. Either way, he turned in his finest debate performance of the cycle thus far.

In the (apparently, legally mandatory) early back-and-forth on the horrors of replacing private insurance premiums with payroll taxes, Sanders benefited from the greater clarity of his position relative to Warren’s (he is comfortable copping to the necessity of tax hikes, she prefers to avoid the t-word), and his rivals’ greater interest in damaging the race’s new frontrunner.

Later, he delivered a rousing defense of his desire to expropriate Tom Steyer’s wealth; interrupted Joe Biden to crack a joke amusing enough to earn him an impromptu embrace from the former vice-president; and still managed to stick a shiv between Uncle Joe’s ribs when the time was ripe:

And then, minutes after the debate was done, the Sanders campaign won the endorsement of the most charismatic congresswoman in the United States: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed that she will be lending Bernie 2020 her considerable starpower at a rally in Queens Saturday. AOC’s fellow “squad” members Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib will also reportedly be joining the political revolution.

Whether any of this will actually matter is unknowable. There isn’t much evidence that any of the previous Democratic debates made a durable impact on the polls. To the extent that Sanders needs to improve his standing with older voters, and Democrats who subscribe to conventional notions about “electability,” AOC’s rubber stamp isn’t going to help. But the senator’s mission Tuesday night was to keep the political obituarists at bay. There’s no question he accomplished that much.

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/10/bernie-sanders-aoc-ocasio-cortez-democratic-debate-ohio-winner.html

NEWS: Rep. Ilhan Omar Endorses Sanders for President

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