Massachusetts Delegates Discuss The Divide In Party Philosophy

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We're now halfway through the 2020 Democratic National Convention, an event designed to convey party unity ahead of the general election. But can the convention patch the rift between the party's progressive wing, represented by Bernie Sanders, and the establishment that's coalesced behind Joe Biden?

WBUR's Deborah Becker sat down with two Massachusetts delegates:

  • Nazda Alam is a Muslim-American immigrant, a social worker for the state, and a pledged delegate for Joe Biden.
  • Silvia Dominguez is an associate professor of sociology at Northeastern University, and a pledged delegate for Bernie Sanders. Dominguez is also one of more than 800 delegates who — in spite of planning to vote for Biden — have vowed to vote against the Democratic Party platform because it does not include Medicare For All.

This segment aired on August 18, 2020.


Deborah Becker Host/Reporter
Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.


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