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Playinghardball's Journal
Playinghardball's Journal
August 31, 2015

I love this campaign manager's confidence...

(from an email)

When the Des Moines Register polled the Iowa Caucuses before we officially entered the race, Bernie Sanders trailed Hillary Clinton by more than fifty points.

In May, shortly after we announced our campaign, her lead was right around 40 points. In June, we cut the margin to twenty-five. And as Bernie shared in his email this morning, we’ve now trimmed the deficit down to single digits — just seven percentage points.

This poll confirms what we’ve known all along: we can shock the political pundits and billionaire class and win the Iowa Caucuses. And from there, we’ll take off like a rocket on our way to the Democratic nomination.

But only if we keep up the progress.

Make a contribution to Bernie 2016 today and help ensure our campaign has the resources needed to beat the billionaires who are TERRIFIED of our momentum.
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There’s one more interesting note I want to share with you in the big Iowa Caucus poll. A full NINETY-SIX percent of Bernie backers say their choice is about him and his ideas, not because they dislike any other candidates.

Far too often, Americans go to the polls and feel as if they’re voting for the lesser of two or more evils. That is not the case here — people BELIEVE in Bernie. We know that you do, too.

All my best,
Jeff Weaver
Campaign Manager
Bernie 2016

August 31, 2015

Gorgeous picture of Denali..

Denali is a much cooler name...
August 31, 2015

9 Times Bernie Sanders Told The Media He's Not Going To Talk About Bulls**t Issues

"Politics is not a soap opera."

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has made it clear that he has no love for the "corporate media."

The independent senator from Vermont, whose poll numbers keep creeping up on those of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, frequently criticizes reporters for being interested in him only if he personally attacks Clinton or other candidates. He reiterated this point to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Monday, saying that his campaign isn't "against" anybody but for the middle class.

Sanders argues that the media have a responsibility to stop pushing "soap opera" politics and start focusing on the major issues facing the country, like income and wealth inequality, the influence of money in politics, climate change and racial justice.

What I said is that corporate media talks about all kinds of issues except the most important issues. OK? And time after time I'm being asked to criticize Hillary Clinton. That's the sport that you guys like. The reason this campaign is doing well? Because we're talking about the issues that impact the American people. I've known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I like her. I respect her. I disagree with her on a number of issues. No great secret," Sanders told reporters at a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa.

But this is what I worry about. In terms of campaign coverage ... there is more coverage about the political gossip of a campaign, about raising money, about polling, about somebody saying something dumb, or some kid [who] works for a campaign sends out something stupid on Facebook, right? We can expect that to be a major story," Sanders said in an interview on CNN.

"But what your job is, what the media's job is, is to say, look, these are the major issues facing the country. We're a democracy. People have different points of view. Let's argue it."

"But this campaign I am running -- let me reiterate -- is not against Hillary Clinton or anybody else. It is for an American people who are sick and tired of seeing the middle class disappear and huge numbers of people living in poverty. And as a candidate, what I am going to do, Andrea, is focus on the real issues facing the American people: why we are the only major country on earth not providing family and medical leave, the only major country not guaranteeing health care to all people, the need to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next several years."

"Are you and the media prepared to allow us to engage in that serious debate, or do I have to make media attention by simply making reckless attacks on Hillary Clinton or anybody else? I don't believe in that," Sanders said on CNN's "State of the Union."

One thing that has disturbed me is how the media treats campaigns," Sanders told a crowd in Salem, New Hampshire, recalling how Sen. Marco Rubio accidentally hit a child in the face with a football and "that will get more coverage than Marco Rubio's position on Social

When asked about Hillary Clinton's commitment to fighting income inequality, Sanders refused to comment on her stance.

"Wolf, you're going to have to ask Hillary," Sanders told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I don't work for her, I don't know."

Politics is not a soap opera. We should not be going around making terrible attacks on each other. Let's debate the issues. If Joe [Biden] comes in, that's what I will do," Sanders told reporters outside a campaign stop at a school in Conway, New Hampshire. "What impact it will have on the race I honestly don't know. I mean, I wish I could tell you, but I don't. Will it help or hurt me? Will it help or hurt Hillary Clinton? I just don't know."

When the media worries about what Hillary's hair looks like or what my hair looks like, that's a real problem," Sanders said in an interview with the New York Times Magazine. "We have millions of people who are struggling to keep their heads above water, who want to know what candidates can do to improve their lives, and the media will very often spend more time worrying about hair than the fact that we're the only major country on earth that doesn't guarantee health care to all people."


August 31, 2015

Bernie is our best bet!

August 31, 2015

Even Olive Oyl loves Bernie....

You can't beat that!!
August 31, 2015

Mountain men for Bernie!?

August 31, 2015

These are popping up all over the country! This one is in L.A.

ToastyPoptart ?@LollipopCrumbs · 1h1 hour ago
These are popping up all over the country! This one is in L.A. #Bernie2016 #feelthebern

August 31, 2015

Bernie: I want you to read this note...

Dear Xxx,

Over the weekend, another positive poll came out for our campaign — one that showed us within single digits of Hillary Clinton in Iowa for the first time.

I want you to read this note I received from a supporter last week. It speaks to some of the reasons we are doing so well in Iowa, New Hampshire, and states across the country:

"I am unemployed. I am uninsured. I am a recent college graduate who graduated with a 3.75 GPA. I am going through a difficult divorce and I have $27 dollars in my bank account. I donated 10 of my remaining 27 dollars because I believe if Bernie is elected I will not have days like this. Days where I stress about where my next meal will come from. Days where I cannot go look for a job because I do not have the gas money to pound the pavement. Days where I cry when thinking about the unpaid medical bills and student loans in my name. I believe things will change. I am making an investment in a person I believe in with the hope that he will change my homeland for the better."

Our campaign is doing so well because we are telling the truth about the reality of American life today. We are talking about a reality in which most of the new wealth and income in this country are going to the top one percent while working families are struggling more than at any point since the Great Depression.

Our success is also because over 400,000 people have contributed to this campaign, even though some, like the author of the note I shared, can hardly afford it. Through our campaign, the American people are finally telling the billionaire class: "ENOUGH is ENOUGH, this great nation and its government belong to all of the people, not just a wealthy few."
But we still have a long way to go.

Xxx, make a contribution to our campaign today, and not only will we win Iowa and New Hampshire, but we’ll win the presidential election and take the White House back from the billionaire class.

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Let me tell you another thing. This campaign doesn’t have a Super PAC, and I don’t spend a lot of time asking rich people to contribute to our campaign. And even if I did, it would probably be a tremendous waste of time.

We will sink or swim based on what we get from the working families of this country. And I could not be more proud of the way we’ve funded our political revolution.

Here are two more stories I received from campaign contributors last week. I want you to read them — they are important:

"I lost my job in 2012 and my house in 2015. I am currently unemployed and looking for work. I don't have a lot of money and barely surviving on food stamps. Despite all of that, I am compelled to donate because I feel that Bernie Sanders will help bring America back to the middle class. A small donation now in exchange for a better future is a no-brainer. The inequality gap must be fixed!"


"I am broke. I was a proud union electrician. I have never donated money to a politician before however, as broke as I am, I trust Bernie and want to say that I am a part of this revolution. God bless him!"

When we started this campaign, the word "fringe" was tossed around a few times. No one is using that word any more.

Every day, thousands of people are joining our political revolution. It’s why we are leading in New Hampshire, within single digits in Iowa, and closing the gap nationally with each passing day. If we continue to stand together, we’re going to win.

Make a $50 contribution to our campaign today, and together we’ll take our country back from the billionaire class.

We will win in 2016. Not just the White House, but the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and statehouses across the country because we are creating an unprecedented grassroots movement which taps into the American people’s desire for real change in this country.
Our success wouldn’t be possible without you.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

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