Beginning to develop the organizational muscle for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to “hit the ground running” should he decide to heed the urgent calls of progressives at home and abroad to launch a 2020 presidential bid, a group of staffers from the Vermont senator’s historic 2016 run kicked off a “Draft Bernie” campaign on Monday with the declaration that Sanders is the best candidate to take down President Donald Trump and bring about a much-needed political revolution.
“Bernie is the candidate who is offering the greatest contrast to the current administration,” said Rich Pelletier, one of the founders of Organizing for Bernie, the organization behind the new campaign. “We all believe that he is the right person. We also believe it’s a decision that he has to make.”
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In an effort to show Sanders that he has the grassroots support to emerge victorious from what will likely be a crowded field of candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination, Organizing for Bernie urged Sanders backers to sign a petition describing the Vermont senator as “uniquely positioned” for a successful presidential run, based on his status as the most popular politician in the United States.
“When you ran for president in 2016, you redefined what was possible, showing Americans that we could have a just democracy—one that works for everyday people, not just the millionaires and billionaires,” the petition reads. “Now we need you more than ever to run for president and take on Donald Trump.”
“Your unwavering commitment to working families, reducing income inequality, and addressing climate change as our biggest national security concern are what make you the ideal candidate to win in 2020,” the call continues. “We are tired of self-interested and self-serving politicians. We want authentic and bold leaders who take immediate and meaningful action to solve the problems we face.”
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