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Noted political prognosticator Markos Moulitsas: Bernie Sanders' race is over

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 01:28:05 +0000


The man who essentially declared the race over from day one, and has consistently, and embarrassingly, underestimated Bernie Sanders’ performance throughout the primary season (“He’ll top out at 30%”), has now decided he will make no more embarrassing predictions; he’s just going to declare it over.

In short, there is no plausible route for Sanders to overcome the advantage Clinton enjoyed of 319 pledged delegates before Tuesday’s contests. Since the former first lady leads the pledged delegate race 58 percent to 42 percent, with roughly half of the delegates to take the nomination already allocated, Sanders would have to win nearly 60 percent of delegates in the remaining states just to tie her. 

That’s just not going to happen.

In, the end, Moulitsas was charitable and fair, as always:

Sanders is obviously free to stay in the race so long as his supporters keep funding his efforts. But no one should get angry when the rest of the party starts focusing on the Drumpf threat. 

Since obviously, Moulitsas has declared the race over, and discussion is undesired at this site, you can freely discuss Bernie Sanders’ primary run at the following sites:…

It’s totally futile, and it’s all over, according to the guy that’s been wrong all primary, but I would encourage you nonetheless:


Reason for hope: Bernie is UP 57 delegates outside of the South.

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 18:15:48 +0000

I just created a spreadsheet and excluded the Southern states — the states that, for the most part (Florida), Democrats haven’t won in decades, and won’t win this year.   Result:  Bernie Sanders is PLUS-57 in delegate count. Link To Source Awarded Total Date Primary Clinton Sanders Clinton Sanders Difference 2/1/2016 IA 23 21 23 21 2 2/9/2016 NH 9 15 32 36 0 2/20/2016 NV 20 15 52 51 1 2/27/2016 SC 52 51 1 3/1/2016 Am. Samoa 4 2 178 221 0 AL AR CO 28 38 GA MA 46 46 MN 31 47 OK 17 21 TN TX VT 0 16 VA 3/5/2016 KA 10 23 198 259 0 LA NE 10 15 3/6/2016 ME 9 16 207 275 0 3/8/2016 MI 63 67 274 351 0 MS Dem. Abroad 4 9 3/12/2016 N. Mar. Islands 4 2 278 353 -75 3/15/2016 Florida 457 514 -57 Illinois 68 67 Missouri 32 32 North Carolina Ohio 79 62 Without southern states:  BERNIE 514, HILLARY 457 Of course, I’m not saying those delegates don’t count (oh brother, I shouldn’t have to say that, but you know why I do, ugh).  My point is, we are clearly into states that are more beneficial to Bernie. KEEP MOVING AHEAD.  The odds are long, but still there.  The southern blowouts are what have been driving our counts back every time we made a gain, but those are done. LET’S GO! GO BERNIE! [...]

Bernie: I've received more under-30 votes than Hillary and Trump COMBINED.

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 15:57:08 +0000


A positive and unoffensive Bernie Sanders diary

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 16:00:21 +0000

Bernie Sanders is a good man.

Not to say any other candidate isn’t a good person!

Bernie doesn’t believe in utilizing SuperPACs, which he says corrupts our political system, by giving the wealthy and corporations too much control over our political process.

Not to say that taking money from SuperPACs is bad; maybe Bernie is wrong and the wealthy SHOULD be able to have more say than the non-wealthy!  Either is probably a fair argument — let’s not say there’s a right or wrong here, OK?

Bernie tends to lean away from war, and famously voted against the Iraq War, which ended up being, quite possibly, the biggest congressional mistake in the history of our country.

Not to say that voting for the war was bad; I’m sure those who voted for it had excellent reasons, and even if not, shouldn’t be ridiculed.  Everyone makes mistakes.

Bernie dislikes the big banks for causing the crash and mega-recession of 2008, and wants to enact laws to prevent them from being able to do it again.

Not to say that supporting big banks is bad.  I mean, if big banks are your friends, isn’t it a positive thing to be a loyal friend?  That should be applauded too, right?

Bernie believes that healthcare is a human right, and that EVERYONE in America should be covered, regardless of economic stature or ability to pay.

Not to say that those who believe we are close enough to full coverage is bad.  I mean, 30 million SOUNDS like a lot of uncovered people, but compared to 300 million, it’s a pretty small number, wouldn’t you agree?  Probably good enough!

Bernie has supported gay rights for decades, and was one of the very first prominent politicians to support gay marriage.

Not to say that supporting it early is important.  Who cares? I mean, as long as you support it eventually, even if fifteen or twenty years later, you should be fully applauded, and it’s EXACTLY the same as being an early supporter, or at least close enough.

Bernie, as a young man in college, was arrested for protesting segregation in housing.

Not to say that, just as an example, if you supported someone who fully disagreed with civil rights legislation, that would necessarily be a bad thing.  Maybe it’s good to mingle in many different positions on issues to see which one you’re most comfortable with, right?  I mean, how many people buy the very first pair of shoes they try on?  Moving back and forth is OK, and is the sign of a strong mind, I think.  Definitely shouldn’t be ridiculed.  It’s all good.

I would like to suggest you vote for Bernie Sanders, but it’s OK if you vote for the other candidate, too.  As I’ve shown above, it would be unfair to judge the other candidate for the issues above, and I'm sure it would be a fine vote, too.  It would be uncivil and offensive to think otherwise.

Thanks for reading.

No retreat, baby, no surrender

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 05:50:25 +0000

Well, we busted out of class

Had to get away from those fools

We learned more from a 3-minute record, baby

Than we ever learned in school

Tonight I hear the neighborhood drummer sound

I can feel my heart begin to pound

You say you're tired and you just want to close your eyes

And follow your dreams down

Well, we made a promise we swore we'd always remember

No retreat, baby, no surrender

Like soldiers in the winter's night

With a vow to defend

No retreat, baby, no surrender

Are you kidding me?  Glumness regarding tonight’s results, considering nearly every state tonight was, not long ago, a 40+ point deficit for Bernie?

AND, all the hurdles we’ve had to overcome, including the entire plutocracy, the corporate press corps of America, Wall Street, the corrupt campaign finance system, the Democratic Party itself (including THIS SITE), and the most powerful, vindictive, no-holds-barred political machine in America, that will stop at nothing, the least of which, incessant lying, to defeat our candidate?

All that, and it isn’t over (and, it isn’t over) with Bernie’s best states ahead of him?

Nah, nah, nah.  Everyone can make their own decision, of course, but giving up isn’t in me at this point in time.  This is too important.  The corruption in our own political party is too much to ignore. The 99% is being destroyed at every turn.  The world is literally in peril, from environment to warfare.  

Nope.  Not yet.  Not EVER.

Now on the street tonight the lights grow dim

The walls of my room are closing in

There's a war outside still raging

You say it ain't ours anymore to win

I want to sleep beneath

Peaceful skies in my lover's bed

With a wide open country in my eyes

And these romantic dreams in my head

Once we made a promise we swore we'd always remember

No retreat, baby, no surrender

Blood brothers in a stormy night

With a vow to defend

No retreat, baby, no surrender

-  Bruce Springsteen


AIDS and LGBT Activist Larry Kramer: Hillary's Reagan gaffe makes me question if I'll vote for her.

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 04:36:27 +0000


Hillary’s massive mistake in crediting the Reagans for AIDS support is ballooning.    Legendary LGBT and AIDS activist Larry Kramer:

I wonder if Hillary had any notion of how hateful what she said is to so many people who were going to support her. For the first time I really questioned whether I’m going to vote for her.
[Nancy] never said dipshit! And she … oh please, don’t get me started. She and Ronnie weren’t going to, in any way, talk about AIDS because they have a ballet dancer son whom the world believes to be gay and which they don’t want to confront.
I’m just so disappointed in her that I may just vote for Bernie. And I’m hearing that from a lot of gay people. The gay population is up in arms over this. I don’t think that she realizes that this is a big issue for us, what she has said in her stupidity.

It seems Hillary can’t go three days without a horrible, disastrous mistake.  She is not a competent candidate — this is for the PRESIDENCY.  When Donald Trump is the potential result of a bad Democratic candidate, risking a terrible, godawful, mistake-prone nominee is too big of a risk to take.


Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur endorses Bernie Sanders! BAM!

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 02:11:43 +0000


Today, Marcy Kaptur, excellent progressive U.S. Representative from Ohio, endorsed Bernie Sanders in Toledo, Ohio, while introducing one of Bernie’s speeches!

Also at the Toledo rally, Representative Marcy Kaptur of Ohio announced her endorsement.

“America could have no stronger Democratic leader for jobs in America, for fair trade and for economic progress for all, not just the privileged few, than Bernie Sanders,” Ms. Kaptur said as she introduced him in front of 2,600 supporters.

Let’s go ahead and repeat Michigan in Ohio, Berners!

Remember, after 3/15, it’s ALL GRAVY for Bernie.  Let’s do it!


Debate gotcha video of Sanders talking Castro taken out of context. Shocker!

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 05:00:58 +0000

The video shown during tonight’s debate of Bernie Sanders praising Fidel Castro, which, naturally, Hillary Clinton insta-jumped on, was taken out of context.

Bernie was speaking of the stupidity of assuming there would be a civil war in Cuba during the Reagan administration.  Bernie was speaking about how the feelings in the country weren’t going in that direction because of the things Castro had done.  It was ridiculing Reagan’s doctrine of communism.

The question shown in the debate starts at 10:42, but if you watch way before that, you will see that the entire argument is an indictment of Reagan ignoramus policies.

As I posted in a debate thread earlier, it was both funny and pathetically sad to see Hillary people jumping on the video and declaring Bernie destroyed, circa 1985.  Desperation can be an ugly thing.

Commie arguments by Hillpeople against Bernie.

I think if I were on team Hillary, I guess I’d go with that as well, because Bernie thoroughly destroyed Hillary in the debate.  Things are looking good!  

Keep up the charge, fellow Berners!

Go Bernie!


Weaver: Hillary is a "regional candidate" who struggles outside the South

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 15:05:16 +0000

I have a feeling Bernie’s campaign has no interest in a VP slot, opposite to what DK’s best are trying to spin:


 Without the South, Hillary Clinton would be TRAILING Bernie Sanders.  All states that Democrats can’t possibly win in November, anyway.

THUS, why Bernie DESTROYS Hillary in head-to-heads with Republicans:


Don’t want a Trump presidency?  You best vote for Bernie.


I smell something BERNIN' in Maine! POP! BANG! Update: WINNER WINNER! BAM!

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 23:40:50 +0000

I smell something smoldering in the Great State of Maine!  YUGE crowds!  Lots of excitement! Motivated voters!     Funny how Hillary, like Republicans, likes small turnouts and unmotivated, unexcited voters. Hmmm. Another reason I have a good feeling:  Maine is not a southern Republican state that the Democrats will never, ever win in November. More bad news for Hillary, as that is the ONLY reason she has a large delegate lead.   x It appears the communities of Yarmouth & Cape Elizabeth have gone to Hillary, with @BernieSanders getting the rest of Maine #MECaucus— Matt McDonald (@Matt_McDonald_) March 6, 2016 x Stack on the right is for Bernie, stack on the left is HRC #feelthebern #mepolitics— Whit Jones (@whitjones) March 6, 2016 x High turnout was always gonna be #Sanders' edge in this race. Let's see what we can do #MaineCaucus— Mark-E (@jerseymes) March 6, 2016 Hey Kos:  THIS is what democracy looks like! VOTE BERNIE SANDERS, BECAUSE FUCK THIS SHIT. [...]

BOOM! Wait for it...... KABOOM! Bernie wins TWO!

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 02:10:31 +0000

I guess Bernie Sanders’ voters don’t read DailyKos.

Bernie wins TWO states in tonight’s caucuses, Kansas and Nebraska.



Economists Who Bashed Bernie Sanders’ Tax Plan Admit They’re Clueless: “We’re Not Really Experts”

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 01:07:00 +0000



This is sheer comedy.  The DC Establishment, in such an effort to derail Bernie Sanders, fucked up royally.

On Friday afternoon, the Tax Policy Center (TPC) — a project of centrist think tank Brookings Institution — published a thoroughly-flawed analysis of Bernie Sanders’ tax plan. The TPC claimed that by raising $15.3 trillion in new revenue over ten years to fund Sanders’ proposals for free public college, universal health care, paid family and medical leave, and millions of new infrastructure jobs, the overall income of the average American would drop by approximately 12 percent.

However, the analysis was fundamentally disingenuous, as it analyzes the tax increases in a vacuum and does not account for the tremendous amount of savings that would be realized by families using public health insurance and colleges. It also does not account for the overall economic benefit of 13 million new public sector jobs and the resulting flow of new money into the economy.

Essentially, these geniuses didn’t do any actual counting of the benefits of Bernie’s plans, only the costs.  

Warren Gunnels, Sanders’ senior policy adviser:

“Sanders has a plan to create and maintain at least 13 million jobs rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. It is widely accepted among many economists that rebuilding roads, bridges, drinking water facilities, airports and other infrastructure needs creates jobs for Americans in the short-term while allowing commerce to flow more smoothly in the long-term, a win-win for prosperity in the U.S. The Tax Policy Center did not look at that.  Sanders has a plan to make public colleges and universities tuition free that would save the typical middle class family $9,400 a year. Creating a workforce that is more educated and less bogged down in student debt would benefit the economy immensely. The Tax Policy Center did not look at that.  Sanders has a plan to extend and expand Social Security boosting the income of senior citizens by an average of about $1,600 a year. The Tax Policy Center did not look at Bernie’s plan to expand Social Security.”


The real truth is accidentally revealed about the appreciation of Bernie supporters at Daily Kos

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 21:37:37 +0000

Comment from TomP’s excellent diary:

From a Daily Kos “front-pager” whom, I assume, speaks from the standpoint of the site. 

(Bolding mine)

Well, TomP I am quite sorry to read this. I could care less if the rest of them go but you would be a great loss, surely missed.

Perhaps there might be some discretion carved out here for select folks.

You've been a great asset to this place. Hate to see you go over something like this, but I respect your views. 

I believe it is quite obvious he refers to Bernie Sanders supporters, as the diary spoke of TomP’s being a member of the Sanders supporter group.

What percentage of Daily Kos is made up of Bernie Sanders supporters?  Any estimates?

What are the number of front-page Hillary articles (written by DK staff) versus front-page Bernie articles in the past five months?  Any numbers?

Sometimes the real truth comes trickling out in the most interesting of places…

My fellow DK Berners:  You are the best examples of true, courageous American spirit on this site, bar none.  You care about the future of this country, and you understand the urgency of the changes needed for our environment, our economy, our health, our education, and our happiness.  I don’t care what the site feels about you, I wouldn’t trade you for any of them.  Keep on carrying on the torch — I know you will!


Clinton to Indian Audience: ‘Outsourcing has Benefited Many Parts of Our Country’

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 17:14:39 +0000

Bernie Sanders Press Release:… MARCH 4, 2016 x YouTube Video BURLINGTON, Vt. – In a video from the Indian TV state NDTV from May 7, 2012, then-Secretary Hillary Clinton told an Indian audience that outsourcing benefited many parts of the United States: “Well, you know, it’s been going on for many years now and it’s part of our economic relationship with India, and I think that there are advantages with it that have certainly benefited many parts of our country and there are disadvantages that go to the need to, you know, improve the job skills of our own people and create a better economic environment, so it’s, like anything it’s, you know, got pluses and minuses.” Following a question from the host about a political ad by President Obama about outsourcing, Secretary Clinton laughingly responds, “Well, you know, it’s an election year . . . .” Her remarks to the Indian audience stand in stark contrast to her comments here in the United States denouncing outsourcing. For instance, in February 2004, Secretary Clinton said, “I do not think outsourcing American jobs is a new kind of trade . . . and I certainly do not believe it is a good thing.” Congressional Record 2/10/04 Page S769 “This new video shows Secretary Clinton says different things to different audiences about outsourcing,” Jeff Weaver, Bernie 2016 campaign manager, said. “In the United States she condemns it but when she’s in India she says it has benefitted many parts of our country. Secretary Clinton should explain to the people of Michigan how they have benefited from the outsourcing of their manufacturing jobs. “Given the Secretary’s long history of supporting job-crushing trade deals it’s not a surprise she thinks there are ‘pluses’ to outsourcing. But to go abroad and just describe it ‘as part of our economic relationship with India’ is disturbing when so many communities like Detroit and Flint that have been hurt so badly by outsourcing. America workers need a president they can trust to protect their jobs.” Weaver also said the video shows why voters should be allowed to see the transcripts of Secretary Clinton secret paid speeches. “If she’s willing to say positive things about outsourcing when she knows she’s on film in India, we can only imagine what she told Goldman Sachs, foreign banking interests, drug companies and other corporate interests in those closed-door speeches she was paid millions to give. Voters deserve to see them.” Full Text of Clinton’s remarks on outsourcing is below: The entire video can be found here. The relevant section begins at approximately 51:30. A clip of the relevant section can be found here. Transcript below: Audience: good morning ma’am, I’m also a part of the youth advisory council of the US government. so I have [inaudible] questions the first one is: with the possible cut down on outsourcing, [inaudible] protectionism, and [inaudible, will you do anything] about the jobs? And uhh Host: okay let’s take one question at a time so we can get other people to respond. Clinton: So you’re talking about outsourcing from the United States to India? Outsourcing from the United States to India? Well you know it’s been going on for many years now, and it’s part of our economic relationship with India, and I think that there are advantages with it that have certainly benefited many parts of our country and there are disadvantages that go to the need to, you know improve the job skills of our own people and create a better economic environment, so it’s, like anything it’s, you know, got pluses and minuses. Host: There’s a new advertisement in the electio[...]

Nancy Pelosi comes out against superdelegates

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 02:16:41 +0000


Nancy Pelosi surprised all when she came out against the role of superdelegates in the Democratic presidential primary:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D – CA.) has just dropped the biggest bombshell of the campaign, and you may not even have heard about it. Mark my words, when we look back, we’ll see that this was the turning point. The Hill reported today that Pelosi came out against the superdelegate system which is currently of great benefit to Hillary Clinton.

“I’m not a believer in the sway of superdelegates deciding who is going to be the nominee. I think we have a democratic process where people vote on both sides of the aisle … and that that should determine who the nominee is.”

Even Nancy has to admit that there is NOTHING more undemocratic than the archaic superdelegates.  The Democratic Party needs to come out of the dark ages and assure that they will represent their voters’ will.

So no, those votes aren’t cast and those superdelegates can change their mind at any time. Pay attention, corporate media: you aren’t fooling us. And as Bernie Sanders has said many times, he’s in it for the long haul and he’s not dropping out. Your desperation is showing, and Nancy Pelosi has just confirmed this race ain’t over yet.  

Hillary Clinton should join Nancy Pelosi and tell corporate media to quit including the superdelegates in the delegate counts, for the sole purpose of demoralizing Bernie Sanders voters.




Former Clinton staffer who built email server strikes immunity deal with FBI: report

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 03:17:07 +0000



The Justice Department has granted immunity to a State Department employee that helped build former secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, according to the Washington Post.
A law enforcement official told the Post that Bryan Pagliano has agreed to work with the FBI in exchange for not facing any possible criminal charges. 

The new development is not a good sign for the Democratic presidential front-runner, though there is still no indication that any criminal charges will be brought against Clinton. 

Sanders says he’s running until ALL 50 states vote, knocks Clinton for corporate money. BOOM!

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 02:28:40 +0000


Bernie is in for the duration!

“At the end of tomorrow, I think 15 states will have spoken,” Sanders said. “Last I heard, we have a lot more than 15 states in the United States of America, and I think it is more than appropriate to give all of those states and the people in those states a chance to vote for the candidate of their choice.”

Bernie mentioned last night’s shout out by Adam McKay, in his Oscar speech:

“Our country faces as you all know very serious problems, and as Adam McKay pointed out at the Oscars last night if we want to have a government that is not controlled by billionaires, we should not be voting for candidates who receive substantial sums of money from the wealthy, from Wall Street, from the pharmaceutical industry, from the fossil fuel industry,” Sanders said.

Hillary takes gladly from all, all while assuring us that they won’t influence her.  LOL

Bernie also questions Hillary’s change methodology:

“I don’t think real change comes about when your super PAC raises many millions of dollars from Wall Street, from the drug companies, from the fossil fuel industries,” Sanders said. “Real change comes about when millions of people, working people, middle-class people, young people stand up and represent a government that represents all of us and not just the 1 percent.”




Hillary supporter Warren Buffett Is Wrong About Climate Change. And here's why it matters.

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 23:42:41 +0000


One of Hillary Clinton’s most famous and sought-after of endorsers, billionaire Warren Buffett, gave some comfort to climate change deniers by saying that climate change is “highly likely”, not “certain” to pose major problems to the earth in the future.

“It seems highly likely to me that climate change poses a major problem for the planet,” the 85-year-old wrote in the letter, released Saturday morning. “I say ‘highly likely’ rather than ‘certain’ because I have no scientific aptitude and remember well the dire predictions of most ‘experts’ about Y2K.”

Y2K?  Seriously?

This isn’t Buffett’s first foray into derailing pro-environmental policy, either.

Buffett isn’t denying climate change, but rather using language climate deniers feel comfortable with and will likely cite in future attempts to derail environmental policy. Climate change affects Buffett's business: He owns a Nevada utility that has fought and won against solar development in that state, and his railroad, Burlington Northern, in large part depends on the demand for coal and oil.

Well, I’m glad climate deniers feel comfortable.  Wouldn’t want them to be inconvenienced.

And surely a billionaire wouldn’t just take a stance against literally saving human life just to make a buck, would he?

Buffett argues in favor of seeing climate change as a likely risk to the world, but against the need for more oversight, transparency or regulation of his companies. It’s a position he’s taken before -- Buffett argued against designating reinsurers, of which he owns the world’s fifth-largest, as too-big-to-fail institutions. Though he said he never spoke directly to regulators about the issue, he made his views public. Regulators, thus far, have agreed.

Hahahahaha, well, of course.  He is associated with Hillary Clinton, after all, isn’t he?    No need for DIRE treatment of this issue, when there are profits to be made, right?

Yuck.  And this is one of Hillary’s BETTER billionaire endorsers, as he’s been, for the most part, a Democrat for years.  And don’t think for a minute that his words don’t have sway with both the business world AND with Hillary herself.

Don’t want billionaires affecting our government’s response to climate change?  



Bernie: "If you're gonna get paid $200K for a speech, it must be a pretty damn good speech"

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:47:42 +0000

Bernie discussed Hillary’s bank speeches today:

We deserve to know what Hillary Clinton told Goldman Sachs for $675K.  She’s said there’s nothing bad in there, so what’s the problem?  Could it be that maybe Hillary didn’t tell the entire truth?  

Bernie: "It is the public — not the candidate — who decides how much disclosure is enough." Exactly.



It’s time we took the country away from the 1%, and gave it back to the people.


Oscar winner for The Big Short in speech: "Don't Vote For Candidates That Take Money From Big Banks"

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:54:04 +0000

Adam McKay won the Best Screenwriter Oscar tonight for The Big Short, and he had good voting advice: "Don't vote for candidates that take money from big banks, oil, or weirdo billionaires"

Oops.  Sorry, Hillary, that leaves you out.

Vote for the only Democrat that doesn’t sell out to the highest bidder.


Bernie: On a given night in politics, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose...we intend to win many

Sun, 28 Feb 2016 03:02:25 +0000

It’s one state guys.  Bernie is down 26 delegates after four states.  It was known he wouldn’t win South Carolina from Day One.  Super Tuesday will be challenging, too, but, frankly, Bernie’s strong states are after that.

If Bernie is plowing ahead, I am too.  Why would we do anything else at this point?  No one ever, EVER thought this would be easy, but let’s be honest:  from day one, we would have given ANYTHING to be this close at this point.  Let’s keep moving.




Bernie Sanders is right: Bill Clinton’s welfare law doubled extreme poverty -- WaPo

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 13:40:13 +0000


Bill Clinton’s Welfare-Reform law passed during his presidency, the one where Hillary Clinton wanted a “formal role” in its implementation, has effectively doubled  the extent of extreme poverty in America, Bernie Sanders has said, and The Washington Post has confirmed.

Hundreds of thousands of Southern families are living on less than $2 in cash a day as a result of legislation President Bill Clinton signed in 1996, according to new research by Johns Hopkins University's Kathryn Edin and University of Michigan's Luke Shaefer.

In South Carolina this week, ahead of that state's primary election on Saturday, Sanders brought up the 20-year-old law in a press conference. "What welfare reform did, in my view, was to go after some of the weakest and most vulnerable people in this country," he said on Wednesday, noting that Hillary Clinton, the former first lady and his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, supported the legislation.

If you review the link, you will see a chart that shows that “extreme poverty” — less than TWO DOLLARS in cash a day, has doubled in the U.S. since the 1996 welfare law.  A large number of the poorest of the poor, 4 out of 10, live in the south, which, ironically is where Hillary is doing the best.  Ugh.

Edin reported that about 4 in 10 households surviving on less than $2 in cash a day live in the South. The prevalence of extreme poverty there is partly a result of how state policymakers used the authority they gained under President Clinton's reform.

Clinton replaced traditional welfare with a new program called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. In order to comply with the law, states either had to place a certain number of beneficiaries in training, job-placement or community service programs, or they had to stop issuing payments to those recipients. For many states, it was easier and cheaper to reduce the rolls.

We currently have 1.6 MILLION households that live on less than $2 A DAY in cash, and 860,000 households that live on less than $2 A DAY in cash AND food stamps.  Think about that.

Quit being social liberals and economic conservatives, Democrats.  It’s time to move the party WAY to the left, and leave this 3rd-way Clinton-era bullshit behind.


Hillary In 1996: "My political beliefs were rooted in conservatism." NOW it all makes sense!

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:33:41 +0000

Well, hell, it all makes sense now!  Why didn’t she tell us earlier in this campaign?  She could have saved Democrats a lot of time scratching their heads!

Two money quotes!

“I feel like my political beliefs were rooted in the conservatism that I was raised with”


“I’m very proud that I was a Goldwater Girl”

Here’s the audio:

MAN, I cannot wait to see what wonderful legislative concoctions she, if elected President, and today’s Republicans can come up with, can you?  

Bernie Sanders:  what a Democrat SHOULD be.



This damning and revolutionary evidence has put the Hillary crew out in full force.  I have made my case.  Bernie folks, let’s just go below Hillary’s “Terrible Lie” and comment!

Thanks to the DK Berners, as always.

New Bernie Ad: People Before Polluters

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:24:22 +0000

A solid Bernie 30-second ad that differentiates Bernie from Hillary insofar as big energy goes.  While Hillary gladly takes money from big polluters, Bernie fights them all.  And, don’t forget:

“He’s also the only candidate to oppose fracking”

“Democrats” unopposed to fracking.  Wowza.  Unreal.


Ashley Williams pens letter to Hillary: "Apology Not Accepted"

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 02:25:57 +0000

Ashley Williams penned a letter to Hillary Clinton that is quite strong, and effective:


 #WhichHillary, indeed.

Greenwald: With Trump Looming, Should Dems Take a Huge Electability Gamble by Nominating Clinton?

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 01:53:17 +0000

Link: Glenn Greenwald weighs in on the risk of running an unpopular candidate who polls poorly against Republicans, when there is an extremely popular candidate who polls phenomenally against Republicans.  In other words, what many of the Bernie crew at DK have been screaming for weeks. On positive/negative opinions of the candidates: A Gallup poll released this week reported that “29% of Americans offer a positive observation about Clinton while 51% express something negative.” As Gallup rather starkly put it: “Unfortunately for Clinton, the negative associations currently outnumber the positive ones by a sizable margin, and even among Democrats, the negatives are fairly high.” Sanders is, of course, a more unknown quantity, but “the public’s comments about Sanders can be summarized as 26% positive and 20% negative, with the rest categorized as neutral, other or no opinion.” x #Sanders and #Clinton reaching new high and new low favorability ratings, respectively— Quinnipiac Poll (@QuinnipiacPoll) February 18, 2016 Greenwald then speaks of the rising anti-establishment attitudes that have given rise to Donald Trump, and how the Democrats should best combat that. In this type of climate, why would anyone assume that a candidate who is the very embodiment of Globalist Establishment Power (see her new, shiny endorsement from Tony Blair), who is virtually drowning both personally and politically in Wall Street cash, has “electability” in her favor? Maybe one can find reasons to support a candidate like that. But in this environment, “electability” is most certainly not one of them. Has anyone made a convincing case why someone with those attributes would be a strong candidate in 2016? Despite this mountain of data, the pundit consensus – which has been wrong about essentially everything – is that Hillary Clinton is electable and Bernie Sanders is not. There’s virtually no data to support this assertion. All of the relevant data compels the opposite conclusion. Rather than data, the assertion relies on highly speculative, evidence-free claims: Sanders will also become unpopular once he’s the target of GOP attacks; nobody who self-identifies as a “socialist” can win a national election; he’s too old or too ethnic to win, etc. The very same supporters of Hillary Clinton were saying very similar things just eight years ago about an unknown African-American first-term Senator with the name Barack Hussein Obama. Hmm, some of that “pundit consensus” seems like it could have been espoused right here by some “front-pagers” at DK.  Sure doesn’t make much sense to go against all logic and put Hillary up, when a Donald Trump presidency is at stake, does it? BERNIE SANDERS:  What a Democrat should be. VOTE BERNIE! [...]

New Bernie Ad: Glass-Steagall

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 23:54:12 +0000

A great ad that not only relates Bernie to FDR, but reminds everyone who is on our side versus the banks, and who is on the banks’ side.

Hmmm.  Who was president in 1999?


Reuters: Bernie up 47%-44% Nationally among Democrats!

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 05:00:34 +0000


This web page is a little screwy, so you have to adjust the filters to get the different options.  Bernie is behind in “likely” Democratic primary voters, but he is bringing in lots of new voters, so I think he may be underrepresented there.

Bernie Sanders Hillary clinton
Democrats 47% 44%

Likely Democratic Primary 


44% 51%
Democrat & Independent 44% 39%



Article: Unless the Democrats Run Sanders, a Trump Nomination Means a Trump Presidency

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 02:01:19 +0000

Link:… As a Donald Trump nomination for the Republican Party looks more and more like a reality, it makes it critical that the Democrats be prepared with a candidate that can defeat Trump.  And, it is fairly obvious that the candidate to do that is Bernie Sanders.  Polls prove this, but so does logic.   This article expresses that logic well: Here, a Clinton match-up is highly likely to be an unmitigated electoral disaster, whereas a Sanders candidacy stands a far better chance. Every one of Clinton’s (considerable) weaknesses plays to every one of Trump’s strengths, whereas every one of Trump’s (few) weaknesses plays to every one of Sanders’s strengths. From a purely pragmatic standpoint, running Clinton against Trump is a disastrous, suicidal proposition. It speaks how Trump’s campaigning style is short on plans and big on outrageous statements, typically attempting to reduce his opponent.  Hillary would be a dream for his type of circus, and the author makes a pretty good effort at what a Trump attack on Hillary may look like: “She lies so much. Everything she says is a lie. I’ve never seen someone who lies so much in my life. Let me tell you three lies she’s told. She made up a story about how she was ducking sniper fire! There was no sniper fire. She made it up! How do you forget a thing like that? She said she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, the guy who climbed Mount Everest. He hadn’t even climbed it when she was born! Total lie! She lied about the emails, of course, as we all know, and is probably going to be indicted. You know she said there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq! It was a lie! Thousands of American soldiers are dead because of her. Not only does she lie, her lies kill people. That’s four lies, I said I’d give you three. You can’t even count them. You want to go on PolitiFact, see how many lies she has? It takes you an hour to read them all! In fact, they ask her, she doesn’t even say she hasn’t lied. They asked her straight up, she says she usually tries to tell the truth! Ooooh, she tries! Come on! This is a person, every single word out of her mouth is a lie. Nobody trusts her. Check the polls, nobody trusts her. Yuge liar.” Bernie, on the other hand, has strengths that match up to Trump’s strengths as a campaigner.  He has a clean record, is known as incredibly honest, even to a fault, and he does not fold under pressure. Trump’s various unique methods of attack would instantly be made far less useful in a run against Sanders. All of the most personal charges (untrustworthiness, corruption, rank hypocrisy) are much more difficult to make stick. The rich history of dubious business dealings is nonexistent. None of the sleaze in which Trump traffics can be found clinging to Bernie. Trump’s standup routine just has much less obvious personal material to work with. Sanders is a fairly transparent guy; he likes the social safety net, he doesn’t like oligarchy, he’s a workaholic who sometimes takes a break to play basketball, and that’s pretty much all there is to it. Contrast that with the above-noted list of juicy Clinton tidbits. Trump can’t clown around nearly as much at a debate with Sanders, for the simple reason that Sanders is dead set [...]

Bernie closing fast in North Carolina: Clinton 47%, Sanders 37%

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 20:52:29 +0000

PDF Poll Link:… (Democratic Primary Poll starts on page 14)

In a new Elon University poll, Bernie Sanders has climbed to within 10% of Hillary Clinton in a poll taken February 15-19.

North Carolina is a semi-open primary, meaning that unaffiliated voters can vote for whichever primary they choose, while affiliated voters must vote in their primary.

Hillary Clinton  47.10%

Bernie Sanders 36.80% 

That is a -10 for Hillary and a +13 for Bernie since November.


Cornel West: ‘Sister Hillary Clinton is the Milli Vanilli of American politics’

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 20:35:01 +0000…

Cornel West, a Bernie Sanders supporter and Princeton professor-emeritus, told CNN that Hillary Clinton was like the infamous lip-sync band Milli Vanilli, because she only gives “lip service” to social justice.

During a Monday interview on CNN’s New Day, West praised Sanders for supporting Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential bid, but he wasn’t as impressed with Clinton’s political pedigree.

“Sister Hillary Clinton is the Milli Vanilli of American politics,” West charged. “She lip-syncs, she gives lip service. But when it comes to policy, who supported the crime bill? Who supported, not just the deregulating of banks, but also pulled the rug from under welfare?”

Cornel also rips corporate media as well.  Video is GREAT!  Watch:

 Cornel speaks solid truth.

Vote Bernie Sanders.

Poll: Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton in Utah, 41%-19%

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 18:47:42 +0000


Bernie is leading in Utah!  That’s two states today, along with West Virginia, where Bernie has YUGE leads!

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is the big leader among Democratic presidential candidates, with 41 percent of Utahns saying they'd vote for him if the election were today, compared to 19 percent for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Utah, which has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in more than 50 years, is not holding a traditional primary election this year. Instead, Republicans and Democrats will hold caucus meetings on March 22 to choose their nominees.

Utah is an OPEN CAUCUS and SAME-DAY REGISTRATION, so anyone can caucus for Bernie there.



Bernie leading in West Virginia poll over Hillary, 57-29! BAP!

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:52:56 +0000


Poll PDF:…

NICE early lead for Bernie in West Virginia!

“The economy and frustration with the status quo in Washington is helping these non-traditional candidates nationally and in West Virginia,” Repass said.

Sanders’ biggest strength is with young people. However, he has majority support in all age categories except seniors.  Among voters 65 and older, Sanders’ lead is 43 percent to 36 percent.

This, combined with the Jeff Kessler endorsement, is good news for Bernie in West Virginia!


Democratic Gov Candidate for WV, Jeff Kessler, endorses Bernie Sanders

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:15:32 +0000

Press Release:

Sorry, this won’t copy/paste as text, nor can I figure out how to size it.  If you click the rectangle at the bottom right, it will open fully in a separate tab.

 Jeff Kessler is currently the minority leader of the WV Senate.  Great endorsement!



Bernie fights off Hillary attack: "The numbers add up perfectly."

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:16:45 +0000



In the ultimate irony (for someone who has very little in detailed, definitive plans), Hillary Clinton attacked Bernie Sanders’ plans as not adding up in a speech.

Bernie defended himself in an interview on CBS News:

"The numbers add up perfectly," he said. "The issue is - Do we have the guts to take on the wealthy and the powerful in corporate America, who today have so much wealth and so much power?"

He cited his proposal to make public colleges and universities tuition-free. "That's not a radical idea, it exists in Germany [and] in Scandinavia," he explained. "But it does require us to take on Wall Street and impose a tax on speculation."


"If we talk about creating 13 million jobs rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, it does require us to come up with a trillion dollars by ending this outrageous loophole such that corporations can put their money in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda and other tax havens, not pay a nickel in taxes," Sanders said. "So it's not that our numbers don't' add up. What does add up is our desire and the feeling that we have to take on corporate America, who in some cases pay - major corporations pay zero in federal income taxes in a year."

It’s always easy for someone with NO firm plans to attack someone that actually has the courage to present them.  Kinda like a quote I remember:

"Any damn fool can burn down a barn." — Bill Clinton


Sanders: My Message Is Clearly Resonating Since Hillary Keeps ‘Echoing’ It

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 14:49:38 +0000

Bernie Sanders stated yesterday that his message MUST be getting through, as one of his followers seems to be none other than Hillary Clinton.

“I think people are responding to our message of a rigged economy where ordinary Americans work longer hours for lower wages… a corrupt campaign finance system… I think our message is resonating, and obviously the proof of that is that Hillary Clinton is more or less echoing much of what we are saying.”

Bernie also noted that his Latino vote is improving, and that he still has the momentum.

Video below:



Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida endorses Bernie Sanders

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 14:36:04 +0000


Great news from Florida, as Bernie is being endorsed by the Democratic Progressive Caucus there!

In advance of the Sunshine State’s presidential primary election on March 15, the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida (DPCF) on Monday announced that they are endorsing Sanders in the Democratic Primary.

“Throughout his political career as well as his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders has proved to be a bold progressive who is ready to fight for the values that DPCF members hold dear,” said Susan Smith, president of the caucus. “Like our membership, Bernie views the problems of income inequality, institutional racism and money in politics as structural issues that must be addressed for real change to occur.”

They made the right choice, as Bernie is the only true progressive in the race.  As always, Bernie is going to keep churning ahead, vote by vote.

Go Bernie!


Want a laugh? Hillary in victory: We won't protect "big corporations' (right) to buy elections"

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 16:15:13 +0000

Maybe she should hire Bernie to give her victory speeches to avoid the awkwardness?

And do you want to reverse the DWS/DNC overturn of Obama’s primary finance rules while you’re at it?

You can’t even make stuff up that is this ridiculous.



Julian Assange: Vote for Hillary Clinton is ‘vote for endless, stupid war' which spreads terrorism

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 14:01:30 +0000


Julian Assange spoke out against Hillary Clinton, saying that the thousands of war cables he has read has proven that she is “a war hawk with bad judgement.” 

Start with Libya:

Stating that Clinton went above the heads of Pentagon generals when it came to Libya, he wrote: “Libya has been destroyed. It became a haven for ISIS. The Libyan national armory was looted and hundreds of tons of weapons were transferred to jihadists in Syria.”

Next, Syria:

“Having learned nothing from the Libyan disaster Hillary then set about trying do the same in Syria. Hillary's war has increased terrorism, killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians and has set back women's rights in the Middle East by hundreds of years,” he wrote.

Assange also showed disgust with her “we came, we saw, he died” gleefulness

He concluded by saying that Clinton “shouldn't be let near a gun shop, let alone an army. And she certainly should not become president of the United States.”

Julian’s not a big fan, it appears.  

Tired of endless wars?


Nate Silver: It's possible that Sanders wins every caucus from here on out.

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 06:00:37 +0000


While Clinton has won the first two caucuses in the Democratic race — while losing New Hampshire, the only primary — it’s possible that Bernie Sanders will win every state caucus from here on out.

Here’s why I say that. The remaining Democratic states to hold caucuses are: Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Washington and Wyoming. Other than Hawaii — where I’m not going to pretend we have any earthly idea what’s going to happen — those are a bunch of really white states that otherwise look favorable for Sanders and which he could win even if he slightly trails Clinton nationally.

Let’s see…..Nate Silver, or the DK Front Pagers?  Hmmmm.  I guess I’ll go with Nate, and it’s encouraging!


Bernie makes billionaire class SHUDDER by passing FOUR MILLION contributions! BANG!

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 05:37:15 +0000


Bernie Sanders has passed FOUR MILLION contributions!  Incredible!  One of them was even mine tonight!

This is the PEOPLES’ campaign.  I read where Hillary got $3.5 MILLION from another billionaire in her recent filing.  Bernie doesn’t need that — he’s got US!

Need more good news?   You got it!

Sanders Wins Latino Vote in Nevada

FEBRUARY 20, 2016

LAS VEGAS – After trailing by as many as 50 points in Nevada, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled within 4 points of former Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Nevada caucuses.

A key factor in Sanders making up so much ground in Nevada was his strong showing with Latino voters. According to entrance polls Sanders won among Latino voters by 8 points.

“What we learned today is Hillary Clinton’s firewall with Latino voters is a myth,” Arturo Carmona, deputy political director for Bernie 2016, said. “The Latino community responded strongly to Bernie Sanders’ message of immigration reform and creating an economy that works for all families. This is critically important as we move ahead to states like Colorado, Arizona, Texas and California.”


CO Rep. Joe Salazar endorses Bernie over Hillary, further strengthening Latino outreach!

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 05:25:18 +0000


A highlight of the Nevada primary was Bernie’s surprising victory in the Latino vote.  That bodes well for some critical states, one of them being Colorado.  That was further strengthened today with the endorsement of Rep. Joe Salazar of Colorado!

"I think (Sanders) has a better vision, and he's been talking about it the past 40 or 50 years," Salazar said. "He's not the politician who accepts campaign contributions from the wealthiest of America. I have a high degree of respect for Secretary (Hillary) Clinton, but I think Sanders best represents what is needed in Colorado."

Salazar's endorsement shows Sanders can appeal to Latinos, a coveted voting bloc in Colorado and across the country. The Associated Press reported Saturday that Latino voters are expected to be about 12 percent of the electorate in November. Both Sanders and Clinton are courting Latino voters. Clinton's daughter,Chelsea, and actress America Ferrera met with a Latina coffee group Friday in Denver to discuss key issues for that community.

Salazar said he was particularly excited about Sanders' infrastructure plan that would help the state's economy while fixing roads and his free public college tuition plan. "We have to dream big because America is built off big dreams," he said. "I'm not hearing that from Secretary Clinton. What I hear from her is typically what I hear from the other side of the aisle: 'You may have big dreams, but they're not realistic.' "

Welcome aboard, Joe!  Very glad to have you as part of the political revolution!

Go Bernie!


For Hillary supporters: A celebratory song, courtesy of a poor, beaten Bernie supporter. Congrats!

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 04:17:16 +0000

Since you Hillary supporters have been OH-SO gracious in your victory this evening, I thought I would return it with song!  

Lyrics are below, so you can sing along!  Enjoy your wondrous celebration!  You’ve earned it — I mean, not just any candidate can turn a 54-point lead into a rousing 4-point victory!

Lyrics, so you can sing along!

Henry Kissinger How I'm missing yer You're the Doctor of my dreams
with your crinkly hair
and your glassy stare
and your Machiavellian schemes
I know they say that you are very vain
and short and fat and pushy
but at least you're not insane
Henry Kissinger How I'm missing yer and wishing you were here

Henry Kissinger how I'm missing yer you're so chubby and so neat
with your funny clothes
and your squishy nose
you're like a German par-a-keet
alright so people say that you don't care
but you've got nicer legs than Hitler
and bigger tits than Cher
Henry Kissinger How I'm missing yer and wishing you were here


Mika Brzezinksi: Reporter has actual transcripts of Hillary speech and is "working on" it.

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 17:22:04 +0000

Towards the end of this video, Mika Brzezinski mentions that she knows of a reporter who has the actual transcripts of a Hillary speech and is working on it (check out the studio laughter at  0:21):

 (cc works on youtube video)


White House defends Sanders against Clinton claim that Sanders has attacked POTUS. Oops.

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 16:42:16 +0000

At a White House press conference, Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended Bernie Sanders against the Clinton campaign claim that Sanders had continuously attacked President Obama.

More lies confirmed for team Hillary.  I guess these don’t count when she said she’d never lied to the American people just two days ago??  Hmmm.

Transcript (THANKS to second gen!)

Y'know, Senator Sanders, stood not too far away from where I'm standing. [points] You can just peek out the window and sort of see the spot where he was standing. . . where he spoke to all of you after having spent an hour with the President of the United States in the Oval office, where he talked to all of you about how proud he was of the progress our country has made under President Obama's leadership. And I think that's a strong statement about how supportive and proud Senator Sanders of President Obama's legacy.

Want an HONEST Presidential candidate?


Bernie: The eyes of the world are on Nevada. TODAY is the DAY!

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 15:13:04 +0000

Today is the day, NEVADA!

OK, Nevadans, let’s do this caucus!  

For any Nevadans caucusing, be there early, and don’t be afraid to VIDEO anything that looks inappropriate in the caucus!  We know that all kinds of issues occurred in Iowa — let’s have them documented this time.


New Bernie Ad: "Our Families"

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 02:35:00 +0000

It packs a lot in a small amount of time.  Very good.


Classic Clinton: Bill Clinton calls Bernie Sanders' campaign "remarkably fact-free"

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 01:08:24 +0000


Sometimes the diaries write themselves.  Bill Clinton, whose wife, Hillary, has run a campaign almost entirely devoid of specifics (e.g. we’ll expand Obamacare to 100% — no plan as to how), has declared that Bernie is running a “fact-free” campaign.  

Sanders, whose campaign site is deluged with details, including where practically every penny for his programs will come from, is fact-free?  Hahahahaha!  In Clintonville, north is south, and up is down, apparently!

First, let’s get to the REAL reason Bill is cranky:

"Now, There's been a lot of passion in this primary, and it's fine with me — Hillary's opponent jumped all over me last night, talked about how bad I'd been for African Americans and poor people."" Clinton said, referring to Thursday night's MSNBC/Telemundo town hall.

Welfare-reform, anyone?  NAFTA?

Then Bill goes into destroy mode, damn the reality, as is his habit:

"Let me just say this," Clinton said, "that campaign has been remarkably fact free and a lot of the numbers don't add up."

And then, does this sound familiar (Obama, 2008, anyone?):

"I mean, you know, give me a break," Clinton said.

Dangit!  Didn’t finish it with a “This is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen”?  Damn. 

Maybe next time, Bill?


Hillary Clinton: 'I don't believe' I have ever lied - NBC News

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 21:18:23 +0000


Welp, this is going to be interesting.  What else to say?

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, who struggles with perceptions of dishonesty in polls, said Thursday that she doesn't believe she has ever told a lie and vowed to do her best to be honest going forward.


"You're asking me to say, 'Have I ever [lied]?' I don't believe I ever have. I don't believe I ever have. I don't believe I ever will. I am going to do the best I can to level with the American people," Clinton told anchor Scott Pelley.

More interesting:

“It is obviously troubling that people have questions about me, which I will do my best to answer," Clinton said. "So people are really asking, 'is she in it for herself or is she in it for me?' I've always been somebody who believed and raised in my family and my faith that I, with my blessings, had an opportunity and an obligation to do what I could to help others. And that's what I will do as president."


Press Release: Sanders Accepts Clinton’s Challenge on Wall Street Speeches

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 21:01:04 +0000


February 19, 2016

ELKO, Nev. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign on Friday urged Hillary Clinton to keep her word and release the transcripts of speeches she gave to Wall Street firms “when everybody else does.”

“Sen. Sanders accepts Clinton’s challenge. He will release all of the transcripts of all of his Wall Street speeches. That’s easy. The fact is, there weren’t any. Bernie gave no speeches to Wall Street firms. He wasn’t paid anything while Secretary Clinton made millions, including $675,000 for three paid speeches to Goldman Sachs,” said Sanders’ spokesman Michael Briggs.

“So now we hope Secretary Clinton keeps her word and releases the transcripts of her speeches. We hope she agrees that the American people deserve to know what she told Wall Street behind closed doors,” Briggs added.

Clinton was paid $21.7 million in fees for speeches to groups including Wall Street firms, big corporations and trade associations for 92 talks she delivered from 2013 through last April in the run-up to formally launching her second presidential bid.

A question about what she said in those speeches was raised on Thursday during an MSNBC-Telemundo town hall in Las Vegas. A questioner in the audience asked her about why she won’t release the transcripts. Clinton said she would hand over her speech transcripts if other public officials did the same. “I’m happy to release anything I have when everybody else does the same,” Clinton said. Sanders is “everybody else” in the Democratic presidential field of candidates.

During a Feb. 4 Democratic presidential debate, Clinton was asked if she would release the transcripts of all her paid speeches. “I will look into it. I don’t know the status, but I will certainly look into it,” she said at the time.