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Bernie Sanders Says He's Staying In And It's 'Good For The Democratic Party'

Bernie Sanders is staying in the race until the last primary and the nation will be better off for it, he told NPR's Steve Inskeep in an interview that will air Thursday on Morning Edition.

Inskeep, passing on questions he had invited on Twitter, asked Sanders if he is "threatening revolution" by continuing to run, potentially scaring some voters away from supporting Hillary Clinton — the likely Democratic nominee — in November.

"I think we are perpetuating the political revolution by significantly increasing the level of political activity that we're seeing in this country," Sanders responded. He added later, "I think it is good for the United States of America, good for the Democratic Party, to have a vigorous debate, to engage people in the political process."

Sanders elaborated, noting that by staying in the race, he is energizing voters and, therefore, in fact boosting the Democratic Party to victory in November. He contended that Democrats do well when turnout is high and that Republicans do poorly when turnout is high.

"So I'm going to do everything I can to stimulate political discourse in this country and get young people, working people, involved in the political process," he said.

That means he will stay in the race "until the last vote is cast" after Washington, D.C.'s Democratic primary June 14.

But Can He Win?

The Vermont independent senator also stressed that he thinks he can still win, despite Clinton's massive delegate lead.

"We think we have a path toward victory — admittedly it is a narrow path," Sanders said.

A very narrow path: He would need 65 percent of all remaining pledged delegates for a pledged majority and 82 percent of all delegates — including remaining superdelegates — to pull past Clinton overall, according to NPR's Domenico Montanaro.

But Sanders said he believes if he is able to win by large margins in upcoming states like Oregon and California, as he has in Washington (with nearly 73 percent of the vote) and Utah (79 percent), he can pull ahead.

More here: http://www.npr.org/2016/05/04/476766494/bernie-sanders-says-hes-staying-in-and-its-good-for-the-democratic-party

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu May 5, 2016, 09:18 PM (15 replies)

Warren Gunnels (Policy Director for Bernie Sanders) just went on a Twitter-rant against Nate Silver

Nate Silver failed to predict 15 out of the 19 contests that Bernie Sanders won. Don’t listen to the establishment.

Nate Silver gave Hillary Clinton a greater than 99% chance of winning the Michigan primary. Bernie Sanders won.

Nate Silver gave Hillary Clinton a 90% chance of winning Indiana. Bernie Sanders won Indiana.

Nate Silver gave Hillary Clinton a 51% chance of winning Oklahoma. Bernie Sanders won Oklahoma overwhelmingly.

Nate Silver had no predictions for WA, KS, UT, AK, CO, MN, ME, NE, HI, ID, WY, or Democrats Overseas. Bernie Sanders won them all

Hey Nate Silver where's your predictions for WV, OR, KY, MT, NM, ND, SD, etc.? I'm feeling the bern in those states.

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu May 5, 2016, 08:08 PM (11 replies)

When Polling Data is Corrected for Independents, Hillary vs Trump is a Coin Toss, but Bernie..

...vs Trump is a Win of Historic Proportions

euters polling is great because it allows you to filter down by party preference and other demographics. I discovered they only included 10% Independents, but as we all know, Independents are at least 42% of the voting population (which is why Indiana was a big surprise to the media).

Once the data is corrected, Bernie beats Trump 70% - 30% in the general election and Hillary scrapes by at 50.2% to 49.8%.

You can read & share the full article here:https://medium.com/@webconnoisseur/data-shows-bernie-is-undoubtedly-the-strongest-candidate-502e920134d7#.9u8bhkb4o
Posted by Playinghardball | Thu May 5, 2016, 07:50 PM (13 replies)

New California polls shows newly registered voters flocking to Sanders


This recent poll in California shows us at 49% Hillary to 39% Bernie with registered voters who have previously voted. The poll showed 33% were first time registers! Edit: I think I misread the poll a bit. Of the people who haven't voted before, 33% are first time registers. So it's not 33% of the total in the poll my mistake. Among them 67% say they will vote for Sanders.
This is HUGE!

May I also add that this poll had voters 18-44 as only representing a paltry 28% among the base voters.
62% of the new registered voters say they are 18-44

There are still almost 3 WEEKS remaining to register to vote in California. I believe this poll shows that we can and will easily win California

Edit: Also based on exit polling from Indiana it said we got 36% of the non-white vote but only 26% of the black vote. I calculated the numbers and that means we got 56% of the rest of the non-white vote, mainly Latino's and Asians. Should also bode well for California.

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu May 5, 2016, 02:35 PM (5 replies)

Sanders Supporter Tells Billionaires to "Fuck Off"

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu May 5, 2016, 01:28 PM (39 replies)

Drop Out Hillary !! You are worse than Trump!!

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed May 4, 2016, 04:02 PM (9 replies)

Hillary Clinton’s Growing Problem With Independents

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton faces a mounting challenge among independent voters following months of attacks from rival Bernie Sanders.

An April Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that Mrs. Clinton’s favorability rating among independents had dropped 15 percentage points in the last four months alone. That poll found that 20% of independents viewed Mrs. Clinton positively, compared with 62% who viewed her negatively—a gap of 42 percentage points. In January, that same poll found her with a positive rating of 35% and a negative rating of 54%—a gap of fewer than 20 percentage points.

A year earlier, four months before she launched her presidential campaign, that gap stood at just four percentage points—35% positive to 39% negative.

Mrs. Clinton’s favorability ratings have also declined among Democrats. Her positive rating among Democrats dropped to 63% last month from 71% in January, while her negative rating rose six points to 20%. Last April, when she first announced she was running for president, 76% of Democrats viewed her positively while just 8% viewed her negatively.

While sinking favorability ratings are common for presidential candidates as voters learn more about them, the striking decline in independents’ view of Mrs. Clinton is indicative of the unexpected popularity of Mr. Sanders, who served in the Senate as an independent before running for president as a Democrat. The Vermont senator is far more popular among independents and has ramped up his criticism of Mrs. Clinton in recent months, even as his path to winning the nomination looks increasingly narrow. Mr. Sanders in recent days began laying off hundreds of field staffers but has said he plans to stay in the race until the July Democratic convention.

The nosedive Mrs. Clinton’s rating has taken among independents suggests she has a lot of work to do to win those voters over in a general election. Her campaign has already begun fretting about the lasting damage Mr. Sanders’s criticism of her could have in the general election, and has publicly encouraged the senator to rally his supporters behind her for the sake of the Democratic Party.

More here:http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2016/05/03/hillary-clintons-growing-problem-with-independents/#:NeDQ1JgM9QVm_A

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed May 4, 2016, 03:46 PM (18 replies)

Hillary Clinton Should Concede to Bernie Sanders Before The FBI Reveals Its Findings

Millions of Democrats are voting for a presidential candidate linked to an FBI criminal investigation. These voters either don’t know there’s been a year-long FBI investigation of Clinton’s emails, don’t care, or would vote for Clinton even she faced Espionage Act indictments. Potentially our next Commander in Chief will be interviewed by the FBI soon, as will her top aides. This state of affairs would never take place in any other leading democracy, but American politics is unique.

Bernie Sanders has political momentum, grass roots support throughout the nation, and defeats Donald Trump by a wider margin than Clinton. Sanders has surged to within several points nationally of Clinton, despite being over 50 points down not long ago. In contrast, Clinton lost astronomical leads to both Obama and Sanders, and doesn’t keep polling leads. Furthermore, Trump won’t watch his tone about emails, and every other scandal associated with both Clintons. The pedestrian polling lead Hillary Clinton currently holds over Donald Trump isn’t set in stone; Trump is already ahead of Clinton in a recent poll.

Don’t be certain Trump can’t defeat Clinton in a general election, even if the FBI doesn’t recommend indictments. Once he pivots towards being a semi-normal human being, and distances himself from the bigoted stances he utilized to gain power within the GOP, Clinton would face a more “likable” Trump. In a battle of two individuals with negative favorability ratings, the person who might have jeopardized national security with a private server could easily lose.

In the best case scenario, Clinton doesn’t face indictments, but the FBI confirms that she jeopardized national security. Thus, Republicans would make even the best case scenario for Clinton’s campaign a major political liability. America isn’t a closed Democratic primary, and Clinton would be on the defensive during every televised debate against Trump.

This dynamic doesn’t exist with Bernie Sanders against Trump. All Bernie has to do is point and explain to America that Trump embodies everything wrong with money and politics. Bernie doesn’t have any controversies, or hidden Wall Street transcripts. Bernie also didn’t accept money from Donald Trump, but Hillary Clinton did take Trump’s money. While Bernie can distance himself completely, Clinton is too closely tied to the eventual GOP nominee, especially through their social networks. There’s a reason Trump invited the Clintons, and not Bernie and Jane Sanders, to his wedding. There’s also a reason Trump goes golfing with Bill, and not Bernie.

However, the biggest reason Clinton should concede to Bernie Sanders involves the political repercussions of the FBI’s email investigation. The long-term future of the Democratic Party rests upon whether or not the FBI discloses its findings before, or after the contested Democratic convention. While I believe Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic nomination, there’s a major issue few people have addressed in progressive circles.

What happens if Clinton wins the nomination, and the FBI recommends indictments after July 25, 2016?

If the FBI recommends indictments, and the DOJ indicts Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party would be handing Donald Trump the White House by nominating the former Secretary of State. I explain in this YouTube segment why Clinton should concede the Democratic nomination to Bernie Sanders, before the political ramifications of a contested convention, and before the FBI discloses its findings.

First, there used to be a time in American history when Bernie Sanders would be the only choice for Democratic nominee. Not long ago, an FBI investigation meant the end of a presidential campaign. Clinton would have been forced to conceded at any point in U.S. history before 2016, linked to a criminal FBI investigation.

More here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/clinton-should-concede-to-sanders-before-fbi-reveals-findings_b_9836720.html
Posted by Playinghardball | Wed May 4, 2016, 03:20 PM (63 replies)

The force is with Bernie!!!

Can you guess who is aligned with the Evil Empire?
Posted by Playinghardball | Wed May 4, 2016, 01:35 PM (2 replies)

Mike Sington: Calling it now...It will be Bernie vs Trump and Bernie will win!!

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed May 4, 2016, 01:11 PM (19 replies)
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