The Democratic Party Platform Moves Slightly Left, Thanks to Sanders

The Democratic Party Platform Moves Slightly Left, Thanks to Sanders

While appearing grudging or ambiguous to some Clinton supporters, Sanders campaign insiders say the gradual change of tone reflects a desire to exert leverage over the policy platform at the convention and migrate his huge base of backers onto a more lasting journey to reform the party's agenda. "We lost some but we won some", said James Zogby, a Sanders supporter on the committee.

The Democratic platform drafting committee is still working out the first drafts and when it meets again in Orlando, Florida, to hammer out more details, Sanders will have a better idea of what he will be dealing with at the convention against Clinton.

Pressed by anchor Charlie Rose on what he needs to hear, Sanders said he wants Clinton to call for public universities and colleges to be tuition-free and to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. "Sanders allies were also unsuccessful in pressing for a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and a carbon tax to address the effects of climate change".

- Bernie Sanders will vote for Hillary Clinton, he said in an interview Friday morning.

Sanders says that if Clinton adopts more progressive policies, then he's sure that his supporters will vote for her.

During the primary battle, Sanders painted Clinton as too cozy with Wall Street and too entrenched in the political establishment to make a meaningful difference.

"That is not the candidate that the American people are going to support in November", he said. Yes, I think the issue right here is I am going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump. Sanders supports reinstating the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act, which prohibited commercial banks from engaging in investment banking activities.

Sanders' allies wanted the draft to specify that the $15 minimum wage should be indexed with inflation. The Vermont senator has said he wants the platform at the summer convention to reflect his goals — and those representing him at a St. Louis hotel said they had made progress.

If nothing else, the outbursts show that healing the Democratic Party divide between the Clinton and Sanders factions will be easier said than done. The drafting committee agreed that USA trade deals should be more protective of workers' rights, labor rights, the environment and public health. "What's more, the 81 percent of Sanders backers who are now behind Clinton is a higher number than in any poll of 2008 Clinton backers who rallied to Obama", the Post writes.

"If we can't say a word about TPP, if we can't talk about Medicare-for-All explicitly, if they greatest prophetic voice dealing with pending ecologically catastrophe can hardly win a vote, and if we can't even acknowledge occupation... it seems there is no way in good conscience I can say, 'Take it to the next stage, '" West declared before the assembly.

And former OH state Senator and renowned Sanders surrogate Nina Turner appeared on CNN's State of the Union with Jake Tapper alongside former Democratic candidate Martin O'Malley and former Arizona governor Jan Brewer. Sanders has complained that the the only major developed country that doesn't offer a national health care program for all its citizens, while Clinton contends it would be a serious mistake to abandon Obamacare just when it has begun to sharply reduce the rate of uninsured Americans.

In Los Angeles alone, fewer than 157,000 votes separate Sanders and Clinton, but the former Secretary of State's lead is dwindling with each report.


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