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    What's Next For Bernie Sanders? Vermont Senator Rejects 'People's Party' Campaign, Ca

    BY TOM O'CONNOR @SHAOLINTOM ON 02/15/17 AT 9:51 AM

    Sen. Bernie Sanders dismissed Sunday a campaign attempting to persuade the influential Vermont lawmaker to establish his own left-wing political party reflecting his supporters who have rejected the ideals of Republicans and Democrats.

    The initiative, called Draft Bernie for a People's Party, was conceived Thursday by supporters and former staffers of Sanders. It had received over 14,400 signatures nearly a week later. The campaign's official website contained a two-tier plan to challenge both Democrats and Republicans in districts throughout the country by 2018 and a presidential campaign in 2020, based on a "21st-century progressive national consensus." Sanders responded, however, by saying he would prefer his supporters focus on revising the Democratic Party.

    "Right now I am working to bring fundamental reform to the Democratic Party, to open the doors of the Democratic Party to working people, to lower-income people, to young people who have not felt welcome in the embrace of the Democratic Party, " Sanders said in an interview with NBC News' Meet the Press.

    What's Next For Bernie Sanders? Vermont Senator Rejects 'People's Party' Campaign, Calls For Democratic Party Reform
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    I hate to say it, but at this point who cares? He helped Democrats lose,he and his supporters. Then went back to his safe Senate sear, where,after saying he would remain a Democrat reverted back to Ind.

    Sorry,Labrea, Bernie does not speak for my party. Only the media keeps him front and center, much like Trump, Bernie craves the adulation.

    Bernie helped give us Trump.. Both promised pie in the sky ideas.
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    First he has no pull in Congress simply because Hillary did not win and democrats do not have control in Congress and second 14,400 signatures in one week shows most have moved on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    I hate to say it, but at this point who cares? He helped Democrats lose,he and his supporters. Then went back to his safe Senate sear, where,after saying he would remain a Democrat reverted back to Ind.

    Sorry,Labrea, Bernie does not speak for my party. Only the media keeps him front and center, much like Trump, Bernie craves the adulation.

    Bernie helped give us Trump.. Both promised pie in the sky ideas.
    Know what? Your party is also my party, and Bernie "speaks" for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minotaur View Post
    First he has no pull in Congress simply because Hillary did not win and second 14,400 signatures in one week shows most have moved on.
    No, what 14,000 signatures mean is that most don't want to form a new party.
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    Know what? Your party is also my party, and Bernie "speaks" for me.
    But MaryAnne is more correct than not. It was just a bad time and now we live with the results. People will come together unless they are into pain like what the next 4 years has to offer everyone. Bernie is just another Nader who created the same results. In Bernie's defense he tried to make his supporters focus on voting Hillary to stop Trump and most of his supporters listened. Unfortunately a few rust belt states didn't listen to him at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    No, what 14,000 signatures mean is that most don't want to form a new party.
    Meh. It doesn't matter. I think most have moved on. Nationally, America is still not leaning progressive and has never voted progressive. If anything, (thanks in part to how the election got gamed,) this country seems to have moved further right. Great. Just what we need...more suffering. This time we may have gone too far to easily recover in even a decade.

    Bernie is just another candidate that lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    Know what? Your party is also my party, and Bernie "speaks" for me.
    It may be ," Your Party," but it is not Bernie's party. He used Democrats to run, he helped us lose.

    I may have held up for Bernie until he lied about remaining a Democrat, but he lied. Of course I am sure that was so he could be re-Elected in Vermont.

    From the beginning I was not impressed with his radical views. I was not too thrilled with Hillary,either . But one thing is certain I preferred her to the lunatic in the WhiteHouse and Bernie and his no show followers helped us lose.

    I am middle of the road and have no use for the extremes on either side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minotaur View Post
    Bernie is just another Nader who created the same results.
    I disagree. Nader never ran for the Democratic nomination, but instead ran as a left party in the general election who siphoned votes from Gore. Sanders ran for the Democratic nomination and not as a third party in the general election. The third (and fourth) parties in the general election 2016 were Stein (Green) and Johnson (Libertarian), and I do not believe (I have not checked) either one had enough votes to make a difference in any state. Contrast Nader in 2000, who had enough votes to have swung Florida and New Hampshire from Gore to Bush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minotaur View Post
    But MaryAnne is more correct than not. It was just a bad time and now we live with the results. People will come together unless they are into pain like what the next 4 years has to offer everyone. Bernie is just another Nader who created the same results. In Bernie's defense he tried to make his supporters focus on voting Hillary to stop Trump and most of his supporters listened. Unfortunately a few rust belt states didn't listen to him at all.
    And I gave Bernie credit for trying. My problem has always been the Republicans,who,all of a sudden became huge Berniebots. Calling Hillary all kinds of names,lying about her,pretending to be for Bernie. I have seen that too oten at the Polls,and in real life,not to know it when I see it.

    Now,those same people are trying to tell us how to heal the Democratic Party. No,thank you!

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