Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said it’s “very unfortunate” a rule change could allow his fellow presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg into the next Democratic debates. The qualifications no longer include a unique-donor threshold.
“That is what being a multi-billionaire is about. Some very good friends of mine who were competing in the Democratic nomination — people like Cory Booker of New Jersey, Julián Castro — work really, really hard. Nobody changed the rules to get them in the debate,” he said on “CBS This Morning” Friday.
“But I guess if you’re worth $60 billion, you can change the rules. I think that is very, very unfortunate,” he added.
Interestingly Bernie Sanders no problems with a rule change that would allow an Independent to run & debate in a Democratic primary.
Senator @BernieSanders on the @DNC changing rules that could allow Bloomberg to appear in the next debate: “I guess if you’re worth $60 billion you can change the rules. I think it is very very unfortunate.” pic.twitter.com/Y3fTRwmXuR
Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders attended services and campaigned at an anti-LGBT Las Vegas Baptist church led by a pastor preaches “homosexuality is a sin and is “enough to send you to hell.”
Harris spoke at Las Vegas’ Victory Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday morning while Booker spoke on Saturday night while Sen. Bernie Sanders held a town hall at the church last month.
The Mercury News reported that Rev. Robert E. Fowler Sr.’s and the church’s stand on homosexuality is well known and easily searchable. The Las Vegas Review-Journal covered the provocative pastor in 2017 and Fowler himself spoke publicly about the subject long before that.
In a 2013 interview Fowler stated: [W]hether you commit adultery, whether you commit fornication, whether you’re a child molester, you gossip, you lie, you cheat on your taxes, you don’t pay your tithes, things of that nature — all of that is wrapped together as sin, along with homosexuality.”
So far only Harris’ campaign has released a statement saying that the California lawmaker’s “support and advocacy for LGBTQ equality has been unwavering throughout her career. She will continue to visit houses of worship across the country to address congregants about the pressing issues we face as a nation.”
The reform package, pushed by DNC Chairman Tom Perez and allies of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, among others, passed overwhelmingly despite objections from a vocal minority of its membership at the DNC’s summer meeting two years after the process started.
“Today is a historic day for our party. We passed major reforms that will not only put our next presidential nominee in the strongest position possible, but will help us elect Democrats up and down the ballot, across the country.” said Perez.
The change will prohibit superdelegates from voting for president at the party’s 2020 convention, unless the outcome is already assured or it deadlocks, which hasn’t happened in decades. The vast majority of superdelegates sided with Hillary Clinton over Sanders in their primary fight two years ago.
The new rules will also make caucuses more accessible by requiring state parties to accept absentee votes, addressing concerns that the caucuses are less democratic than primaries because they require people to physically attend the events in order to participate in the presidential nominating process in their state.
Critics of the new reforms argued that it would disenfranchise party leaders and create tension between Democratic lawmakers and their constituents while others argued it gave Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, undue influence over the DNC.
President Barack Obama didn’t hold back in his final speech at the White House correspondents’ dinner firing barbs at himself, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz.
Watch President Obama’s full final WCD speech below:
Sarah Scanlon, director of LGBTQ outreach for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, issued the following statement on Friday about state-based, legislative efforts to discriminate against LGBTQ people:
After the Supreme Court’s historic decision last year in favor of marriage equality and continued actions to decrease the marginalization of LGBTQ people across the country, we’re seeing major backlash from those who believe that discrimination should be legal in our country. That is unacceptable.
North Carolina’s H.B. 2, Mississippi’s H.B. 1523 and Missouri’s S.J.R. 39 are extreme and discriminatory. Every American deserves equal treatment under the law and every transgender person should be able to use the bathroom that matches their identity. The sole intent of these bills, and those like them, is to allow people to discriminate against LGBTQ people. We stand in solidarity with all of the local LGBTQ advocates and their allies who have worked tirelessly against these measures. This country has made remarkable progress on LGBTQ rights in the fifty years since Stonewall, and we are not turning back now.
As mayor, Sen. Sanders was one of the first in America to sign a local anti-discrimination housing ordinance. Sexual orientation and gender identity should not be the basis for employment or housing decisions. As president, Sen. Sanders will work to ensure protections under our civil rights laws are extended to all LGBTQ people.
Hillary? Your court.
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In what can only be viewed as a slap in the face to the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, Bill Clinton’s former Secretary of Labor from 1993-1997 has officially endorsed Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. Reich is also a celebrated author, the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, and a respected political economist.
In June, Reich wrote that he did not feel that he could endorse any candidate stating that. As chairman of the board of Common Cause, a non-partisan citizens’ group dedicated to getting big money out of politics, he didn’t feel free to endorse any candidate.
But now that has changed.
I endorse Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. He’s leading a movement to reclaim America for the many, not the few. And such a political mobilization – a “political revolution,” as he puts it — is the only means by which we can get the nation back from the moneyed interests that now control so much of our economy and democracy.
This extraordinary concentration of income, wealth, and political power at the very top imperils all else – our economy, our democracy, the revival of the American middle class, the prospects for the poor and for people of color, the necessity of slowing and reversing climate change, and a sensible foreign policy not influenced by the “military-industrial complex,” as President Dwight Eisenhower once called it. It is the fundamental prerequisite: We have little hope of achieving positive change on any front unless the American people are once again in control.
During his tenure as Secretary of Labor Reich implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), successfully promoted increasing the minimum wage, successfully lobbied to pass the School-to-Work Jobs Act, and launched a number of job training programs.
There has been no new if weather Reich will join Sanders at any upcoming campaign events.