Despite a loss to Hillary Clinton in Nevada, Bernie Sanders remains confident, suggesting come July in Philadelphia he’ll be the nominee.
From the tone of the concession speech given by Mr. Bernie Sanders after narrowly losing to Mrs. Hillary Clinton in Nevada, the grassroots campaign that’s engaging young voters en masse will continue until July in Philadelphia, where the Vermont Senator, who thus far has exceeded the expectations of many, predicts a “political upset” will occur: him becoming the Democratic nominee.
Despite the loss, Mr. Sanders, once viewed as a fringe candidate with no chance of going mainstream, does have a reason to be confident: the Iowa caucuses closed with him and Mrs. Clinton in a finish almost too close to call, though the former Secretary of State eventually emerged as the winner; he beat Mrs. Clinton by 22 percentage points in New Hampshire; and in Nevada, as of 5:30pm, according to the Associated Press who at 5:15pm called the race for Ms. Clinton, Mr. Sanders trailed by roughly 5 percentage points, whereas months ago Ms. Clinton’s lead was in the double-digits.
“We have a come a very long way,” Mr. Sanders, who has made economic inequality the issue for which all other talking points orbit around, said during his remarks.
During her remarks, Mrs. Clinton, who’s expected to do well in the February 27th South Carolina Democratic primary, referenced Mr. Sanders’ tunnel vision, asserting that America isn’t a single-issue country.
“We need more than a plan for the banks, the middle class needs a raise,” said the former First Lady, who was joined on-stage by her husband, former President of the United States of America, Mr. Bill Clinton.
Flint, Ferguson, and Wall Street were all mentioned by Mrs. Clinton, who’s now heading to Texas, during her remarks. Also, Mrs. Clinton talked about meeting a young girl afraid of her parents getting deported and kids in South Carolina who were attempting to learn in a school that’s crumbling around them.
All of the aforementioned issues – immigration, education and economic inequality and #BlackLivesMatter – are expected to be weaved into the programming of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, said the event’s CEO, Rev. Leah Daughtry.
“The concerns and the issues of the citizenry have to be part of the dialogue that we have with the America people as were seeking to represent them in the White House,” Rev. Daughtry said in December of 2015 during an exclusive interview with Techbook Online following her welcoming of members of the national and global media to Philadelphia to preview the Wells Fargo Center, the world-class arena that’ll host the Democratic National Convention.
The Democratic candidates, unlike their Republican counterparts, have been willing to have the tough conversations with those who are protesting a variety of issues, said Rev. Daughtry. And, when the convention commences in Philadelphia during the summer, the Reverend suggested another difference will be illuminated: the diversity of the delegates.
But before the convention in Philadelphia where the Democratic nominee for President will emerge, both Democrats have a lengthy road ahead and thousands of more delegates to win, one of which is former Philadelphia Mayor, Mr. Michael A. Nutter, a surrogate for Ms. Clinton and a new hire at CNN, where he works as a commentator.
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