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Trailing Bernie: Sanders tweets GOP debate

ermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a contender for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, live-tweeted most of the Republican presidential debate Wednesday night until he gave about around 10:30 p.m.

“Thank you all. I’ve had it. I’m going home. Talk to you soon,” he tweeted with more than 30 minutes of debate time left on CNN. Sanders, with the help of his digital director, offered running commentary for about two-and-a-half hours before that, though. Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: Cornell West backs Sanders

en. Bernie Sanders has picked up the endorsement of civil rights activist Cornell West, who took to Twitter Monday night to declare his support. “I endorse Brother @BernieSanders because he is a long-distance runner with integrity in the struggle for justice for over 50 years,” he said in one tweet. https://twitter.com/CornelWest/status/635997587447742465

“Now is the time for his prophetic voice to be heard across our crisis-ridden country,” West wrote in another tweet. https://twitter.com/CornelWest/status/635997733673766920

West’s endorsement could help Sanders attract more support from black voters, which the 73-year-old democratic socialist has struggled to do, according to polls. Continue Reading →

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Sanders seeks African American support in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Three months into an improbable presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders has seen his poll numbers rise and is feeling buoyed by enthusiastic support from his fans. But plenty of challenges remain for the 73-year-old democratic socialist whose core support continues to come from white voters. Sanders’ campaign has sensed the need to appeal beyond those core supporters as the primary calendar progresses. On a two-day swing through South Carolina, Sanders and his staff made a concerted effort to appeal to African Americans by highlighting racial justice and criminal justice reform in his stump speech and in private events with African American pastors and community leaders. The pitch made in his stump speech, however, was made to predominantly white crowds at all four campaign events. Continue Reading →

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Sanders storms South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sen. Bernie Sanders is finding enthusiastic crowds in the Palmetto State on his two-day campaign swing. About 2,000 supporters crammed into a ballroom at the Medallion Convention Center in Columbia Friday evening to hear Sanders’ populist message. Another 700 filled up overflow areas. They cheered on his plan to seek more from the “billionaire class.” And they shouted their approval as he called for raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour because instead of “wages that are too damn low.”

Sanders repeated his call for a Medicare-for-all health care system, and called on Republicans to “let go for a minute of their right-wing ideology” and expand the Medicaid programs in deep red states in order to cover more low-income Americans with health care insurance. “You can hate President Obama but don’t hate the kids and the working families,” he said in a voice raspy from the campaign trail. Continue Reading →

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