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Former NAACP head backs Sanders, Shumlin lowers expectations for Clinton

MONTPELIER — Former National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Ben Jealous officially endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president Friday afternoon, seeking to boost Sanders’ credibility with minority voters as the primary campaign grinds on after New Hampshire. “Throughout his life, he has been a fearless, tireless and trustworthy champion for the right of all our nation’s children to have full and unfettered access to the American dream,” the 43-year-old Jealous said on a conference call with reporters. Jealous, who was slated to appear alongside Sanders at a news conference in New Hampshire, did not arrive due to inclement weather. The campaign opted for a conference call instead. Jealous served as the youngest-ever head of the NAACP from 2008 to 2012. 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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