March 26 2016
“We’ve been told for a long time that young people were apathetic, well this is not what we are seeing, we are seeing that the young people want to make the U.S. a better country. They want an economy that works for all of us, not just wealthy campaign contributors,”
Our campaign has the momentum
“I think it is hard for anybody to deny that our campaign has the momentum,” Sanders said at a campaign rally after his victories.
Bernie Sanders has won Washington and Alaska in landslides, leading Hillary Clinton by more than 50 percentage points in both races. Sanders picks up 117 delegates from his wins. Results so far are even better than expected for Sanders.
At a campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin today, Sanders stated, “We knew from day one that we were going to have a hard time in the conservative South, but we knew things were going to improve the more we went West.”
“We’ve been told for a long time that young people were apathetic, well this is not what we are seeing, we are seeing that the young people want to make the U.S. a better country. They want an economy that works for all of us, not just wealthy campaign contributors,” he added.
Financed by the people
He went on to thank his supporters and commented, “We have over US$6 million in campaign contributions and our average contribution is US$27.”
Washington is by far the big win today, with 101 delegates and has long been viewed as a Sanders stronghold. In Seattle, a progressive city that elected a socialist to the city council in 2015, Sanders scored the endorsement of the Seattle Times in early March. This is the biggest newspaper to date to come out for Sanders.
Bernie Sanders will need to prove his strength this Saturday if he wants to stay in the presidential race against Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential primaries head out West, and according to experts and polls, he might very well pull it off.
The Vermont senator has proven his success among young and progressive voters across the United States, this Saturday he is hoping to win in the Alaska, Hawaii and Washington state caucuses.
Although these are small states, a victory will mean a lot for Sanders in the race to get the Democratic nomination, there are 142 delegates at stake and after this weekend only New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and California have more delegates at play.
Sanders – the people’s first choice
Bloomberg Politics national poll found that Sanders is the first choice of 49 percent of those who have voted or plan to vote in this year’s Democratic contests, while the former secretary of state is preferred by 48 percent.
Sanders was defeated in Arizona Tuesday but also had a wide victory in Utah and Idaho, currently he’s surpassed by Clinton among the “pledged” delegates whose support is determined by the popular vote, so turning to superdelegates may be his ace in the hole.
A self-described socialist, Sanders has managed to amplify the voices of millions shafted by a rigged economy and lifted expectations, especially among youth.
Unlike his rival Clinton, he has shown an open opposition to neoliberal policies and has pushed the Democratic Party debate to the left, forcing Clinton to play catch-up and complicating plans for new free trade deals if she wins the presidency.
Sanders, 74, who is calling for a political revolution in the USA, has also long been critical of U.S. foreign policy and was an early opponent of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.