On the home stretch to a nominee. We’ll talk with Bernie Sanders supporters about how they see his candidacy, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party, and the future now.
Bernie Sanders is not backing down one bit. He’s going for the Democratic nomination full bore – even as Democratic Party leaders worry his passionate campaign could end up putting Donald Trump in the White House. Last weekend there were fireworks in Nevada, as Sanders backers fought for every last delegate. Bernie says he’s in ‘til the last vote. Philadelphia could now be the fiery convention. This hour, On Point: We talk with Sanders supporters about their view of the race now.
Boyd Walker, 48-year-old who owns and manages real estate Northern Virginia. National delegate for Bernie Sanders. Ran for city council in Alexandria, Virginia. (@boydwalker)
Jessa Lewis, works in brand development and marketing in Seattle. State delegate for Bernie Sanders. 35-year-old single mother. Precinct committee officer. Delegate for Obama in 2008. (@hellomslewis)
Ashley Gratton, 21-year-old student at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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Sanders’ Dilemma: Go for Broke or Go for Influence — “He could win by losing if he chooses the right tack,” Schale said. “If he plays his cards right—help Hillary, help define Trump—he'll go back to the Senate as an exceptionally powerful man with a movement. If he's seen playing sore loser and constantly driving a knife into an opponent he's not going to beat, he could go to the Senate as a pariah who really hurt the party's chances.” (Bloomberg)
Bernie Sanders, Democratic establishment battle boils over — "The breakdown in civility comes after what has otherwise been a comparatively polite campaign season for Democrats, but the frustration exposes a rift in the party and undercuts the notion that Clinton will be able to march into the Democratic convention this summer with a party unified behind her." (CNN)
Bernie Sanders Defends Supporters After Rowdy Protests In Nevada — "Within the last few days there have been a number of criticisms made against my campaign organization. Party leaders in Nevada, for example, claim that the Sanders campaign has a 'penchant for violence.' That is nonsense," the Democratic presidential hopeful said in a statement Tuesday. "Our campaign has held giant rallies all across this country, including in high-crime areas, and there have been zero reports of violence. Our campaign of course believes in non-violent change and it goes without saying that I condemn any and all forms of violence, including the personal harassment of individuals." (NPR)
This program aired on May 19, 2016.