Bernie Sanders Draws Record Crowds In Conservative States

The senator's populist message is catching on in Republican-heavy areas, with Arizona bringing his biggest crowd yet.
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    Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd of 11,000 in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, July 18, 2015. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc)

    Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd of 11,000 in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, July 18, 2015. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc)

    On his latest round of campaign rallies this weekend, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) drew three more huge crowds in support of his populist message. And while this has become a common occurrence these days for the senator, who is running for president in the 2016 election as a Democrat, the most recent turnouts are particularly significant because he is on a red-state swing.

    In Arizona and Texas, massive crowds—including his biggest one yet—showed up to see Sanders speak on economic and inequality issues. And he didn’t shy away from criticizing the Democratic Party for ‘turning its back’ on people in conservative states.

    In Phoenix on Saturday, Sanders spoke to roughly 11,000 people, which, according to the Washington Post, was his largest turnout so far. He focused on income inequality and noted the importance of populist participation in the election.



    “Somebody told me people are giving up on the political process,” Sanders said. “Not what I see here tonight.”

    “If we are serious about change in America, we can’t just do it in blue states.”
    —Bernie Sanders

    Texas also turned out for Sanders on Sunday. In Dallas, he spoke to an audience of 8,000, stating, “One of the problems that exists in American politics today, in my view, is that the Democratic Party has conceded half of the states in the country at the national level, and that’s wrong. When childhood poverty in Texas is 27 percent, we’ve gotta take it on. When 34 percent of people living in Texas have no health insurance, we’ve gotta take it on.”

    Sanders shared that sentiment again to a crowd of 5,200 at his second Texas stop later that day. The Texas Tribune reports:

    Several hours later at a similar event in Houston, he sharpened his advice for Democrats, saying the “simple truth is that you cannot be a national political party which claims to represent working families and low-income people and turn your back on some of the poorest states in America.”

    “If we are serious about change in America, we can’t just do it in blue states,” he declared earlier in Dallas, emphasizing the need for a “50-state strategy” that leaves no voter in the dark. 

    Yet Sanders’ Texas talk came with a hint of optimism as he raised the prospect of the end of Republican dominance in the state. It was a reliable applause line in Dallas and Houston, cities in the heart of counties critical to Democrats’ hopes for a bluer Texas. 

    “I am here to tell you that today this is a conservative Republican state, but that doesn’t mean it will be conservative Republican tomorrow,” Sanders said after taking the stage in Houston, remarking he did not want to become dizzied by the stadium-style crowd. “And with the energy I see in this room, it may be sooner than tomorrow.”

    While Sanders may have been dizzied by the size of the crowd, the senator from Vermont has long had a sense that his message has grabbed the attention of voters around the country. In an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, he said, “We’re going to go to Alabama, we’re going to go to Mississippi…. I think the message that we have is resonating. People are going to get involved in the political process, we’re going to drive turnout up, and when we do that, we win.”

    The Huffington Post adds:

    [G]oing to Texas furthers his argument that progressive candidates shouldn’t confine themselves to the coalition of voters that elected President Barack Obama. Progressive voters’ stances on economic issues should resonate with working voters, the thinking goes, if the party does more to reach out to those in “flyover” states.

    “The other thing I want to do is to take these debates into the so-called red areas of the country,” Sanders told The Nation‘s John Nichols. “I think it is insane that the Democrats do not have a 50-state strategy [along the lines championed by Howard Dean]. How is it that, if you are the party of working people, supposedly, you abdicate your responsibility in some of the poorest states of America? Where are you in Mississippi? Where are you in South Carolina? Where are you in Alabama? Where are you in other low-income states? If you don’t get started now, you will never advance. So I intend in this campaign to go to states that many Democratic candidates don’t usually visit.”

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    • Seth A. Yellin

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    • Peter Ward

      Yay his glorious socialist majesty gets crowds again challenging the H bomb for the throne
      Now if we can get the lapdogs and college grads that call themselves journalists to do some of the same cheerful pandering for Trump instead of the “apology” tour they are demanding

      • eSeLBe Bassist

        Trump and Sanders both don’t make apologies. Trump would be apologizing for being an ***hole (because let’s face it, he makes things personal every time he opens his mouth. Sanders would be apologizing for being a socialist because he cares about issues that affect 99% of the people in this country and yes, republicans are part of that 99% too. I really don’t care if Trump apologizes or not, because that’s more press for him to bask in.

      • eSeLBe Bassist

        Trump and Sanders both don’t make apologies. Trump would be apologizing for being an ***hole (because let’s face it, he makes things personal every time he opens his mouth. Sanders would be apologizing for being a socialist because he cares about issues that affect 99% of the people in this country and yes, republicans are part of that 99% too. I really don’t care if Trump apologizes or not, because that’s more press for him to bask in.

        • Peter Ward

          Socialists and communists sure killed a lot of people to show they cared for them in Russia, China and Cuba

          • MMatic

            Capitalists sure killed a lot of people in South America to advance their imperialist agenda.

            How are any of these historical events relevant for the US in the 21th century?

            • Peter Ward

              Because we learn from history to predict the future, so apparently the past isn’t all outdated and meaningless unless you need to excuse something else

              • Brett Leverett

                If you’re attempting to learn from history so it doesn’t repeat, don’t go and say something ridiculous like the USSR was a socialist country. Haven’t you ever heard of State Capitalism? How can you learn from history if you’re not even sure what it is…..

                • Peter Ward

                  All I know is socialists and communists killed a LOT of people and economies to get to their glamorous place where many Americans now worship them.
                  Be it Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba – a LOT of people died so Marxism could have chic populist support here.
                  Egads.

      • Cole Shores

        Far from it. Bernie Sanders is following the same fiscal policies that we did between 1940 – 1980 before Reagonomics was instated. During that period the Ultra wealthy paid upwards of 90%. That number was reduced in the Nixon administration to 70%. Reagan lowered that to 29% and now with the tax loop holes in place. The ultra wealthy pay between 14% and Zero while the top 400 earners have 50% of this nations wealth. During the time of prosperity when taxes on the wealthy where high and we had unions. We had a long period of economic growth, we could invest in education. At one time you could attend a state school without paying anything. An educated and financially strong middle class leads to consumer spending which in turn drives the economy. Robert Reich, an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He served in the administrations of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997 shares exactly the same views as Bernie Sanders… and he served under both a Republican and Democratic president. This referred to middle out economics. Here is a documentary to help educate yourself on Sander’s view points and our past economic history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkYQLpoEMCU

        • Peter Ward

          Yeah yeah…
          Under Obama the hyper wealthy are wealthier than ever and the middle class and blacks are worse off, thanks but no thanks.

          • Brett Leverett

            Exactly. Oh, you thought Obama was anything at all like Sanders?! Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! You thought Obama was actually a LIBERAL?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh, man, you’re a riot.

            • Peter Ward

              He is opposed by conservatives and definitely has many liberal supporters – that is reality

        • visibleunderwater

          His ideas are very similar to the Progressive Republican ideas from the 1950’s. The fact that modern Republicans are starting to listen to Sanders is a sign that the Koch brother’s message of the only people that matter are the ultra rich is starting to fall apart. Much of his platform reads right from http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=25838, “Republican Party Platform of 1956”.

        • Seth A. Yellin

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          *He's leading more (censored-from-CNN-and-others):
          *https://www.facebook.com/ahmadband/photos/a.197410733609668.58751.150605148290227/1192621794088552/?type=3&theater

          https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/investigate-time-warners-network-cnn-purposeful-public-deception-regarding-bernie-sanders-campaign

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    • Natall vön Hoëhinhimmler

      Bernie Sanders is an authentic candidate —of course people are receptive to the perception of honesty. He gives off the impression he is less corruptible than those who have opt to seal their very occupational nature. [Scotty, I’m thinking of you.]

    • marbl

      Too bad he didn’t come to Austin.

    • Dr. King Schultz

      Sanders is kind of like Obamacare. When you mention the name, 99.999% of right wingers instantly dismiss it. But if you say what makes it up instead of the name, one by one they start checking off in support.

      • eSeLBe Bassist

        That’s why we need to keep talking about him.

    • Giantsfan

      Democrats in red states going to a Sanders rally are like divers coming up for a breath of air.

    • Still

      Run Bernie, RUN!!

    • MA

      8,000 people in Dallas won’t win him one electoral vote from Texas. That pink tennis shoe wearing what’s her name that ran for governor received more votes than Bernie will in Texas

      • Dr. King Schultz

        Luckily Democrats don’t need Texas to win, obviously.

      • paltel

        However by a presidential candidate campaigning in the state may be able to swing a congressional seat by bringing an increased turn out. And with marijuana legalization on the same ballot, Bernie could actually carry a red state or two.

    • lilly_von_schtupp

      Go Sanders!

    • Robert Munro

      One wonders if Jewish Senator Bernie Sanders is actually as ignorant on the Middle East as the average American or if he is another ringer/sleeper in the employ of the criminal bankster cartel that spawned Bolshevism, Zionism and Israel. Obama certainly was such a quisling traitor.

      http://www.mediaite.com/online/excuse-me-shut-up-bernie-sanders-defends-israel-from-town-hall-hecklers/

      https://www.popularresistance.org/lets-not-be-fooled-by-bernie-sanders/