Sanders urges party to go beyond comfort zone

Democratic National Chairman Tom Perez

"No, I am an independent", Sanders replied, before launching into a lengthy explanation of what ailed the party - whose nomination he sought in 2016 - and what it needs to do in order to reclaim power.

Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez arrive at the State Theatre tonight, David Bright would be there.

Republican Party of Kentucky communications director Tres Watson said Perez and Sanders' trip will "remind Kentuckians why they've elected more and more Republicans". Sanders, who attracted millions of college-aged and young adults to his presidential campaign a year ago, is following through on a promise he made when he left the race: to promote younger leaders for the Democratic Party.

"If we are going to protect a woman's right to choose, at the end of the day we're going to need Democratic control over the House and the Senate, and state governments all over this nation", he said.

Sanders won Maine's presidential caucuses by almost two-thirds when he ran in the 2016 primaries against Hillary Clinton. California Senator Barbara Boxer tweeted, "Bernie is a Democrat "some days", back in February of 2016. He won't run for president again at his age, and he can get re-elected as often as he likes in Vermont as an independent.

"I can not believe with all of the solar exposure that this state has, how little your utility has done to move this state in sustainable energy", Sanders said. Later in the interview, Sanders said that it's time to take on the billionaire ruling class and let them know that their greed is destroying the country. When Sanders was unable to make inroads with the party's "super-delegates", the senator and his faithful talked about the "rigged" party system, and even after the senator endorsed Hillary Clinton and campaigned on her behalf, it was nearly always on the party's terms. Sanders supporters booed Perez in Portland, Maine, on Monday. You can agree with him on most issues or even every issue, but if you think the Democratic Party is the best available vehicle to accomplish progressive goals, you're going to find yourself at odds with him.

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The tour is part of an effort to unify the party after a stinging election night loss that left the party fractious and leaderless. He's on an eight-state circuit of rallies with Democratic National Committee leaders, visiting states Donald Trump carried in the November election. There's a lot of frustration going back to past year with the DNC, with Democrats in Congress from the people that Perez and other Democrats need to have energized.

After losing a presidential election they thought they had in the bag, Democrats are trying something different: focusing on building the party in all 50 states, not just states they think they can win.

PEREZ: I think you're creating a false choice, Chris.

Sanders also did well in rural areas that supported Republican candidate Ted Cruz, a USA senator from Texas, in the primary and Trump in the November election.

Perez, who is will be in Georgia to campaign for Ossoff while Sanders and Ellison head to Omaha, tried to smooth things over in a statement. He added a Miami flavor with attacks on Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and told the crowd about his visit to Little Haiti.

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