Bernie Sanders news roundup week ending in 10/2/2015 | Blog#42

This week’s newsworthy articles on Bernie Sanders:

Hillary Clinton’s support among blacks plunges in a new poll

October 1

A new poll from Suffolk University and USA Today, though, suggests a big shift among African Americans that could undermine that confidence. We have to note up front that this is one poll, with large margins of error on black responses. That said, the shift is surprising.

Since the last Suffolk poll in July, the overall race has tightened. Clinton still leads, but by less than she used to. Now notice how big the drop among black Democrats is on the chart below.

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Bernie Sanders Is Catching Up To The Clinton Fundraising Juggernaut

While Clinton’s working hard for her cash, Sanders’ is flowing in.

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign raised more than that of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the third quarter of 2015. But not by much. And with Sanders building a massive pool of grassroots donors, it seems entirely possible that he could end up surpassing her in quarters to come.

All told, Clinton, the former secretary of state, raised $28 million between July and September of this year, a haul that her campaign called the “largest off-year third quarter for a non-incumbent.” That figure falls short of the $47.5 million she raised in the preceding three months, though it still puts her on track to reach her campaign’s goal of $100 million goal for the year.

Sanders was right behind her. According to a campaign aide, the senator is on track to raise over $25 million during the third quarter. Early reports put that figure at $24 million, but the aide explained that the campaign was experiencing its best fundraising day of the cycle on Wednesday, helping to stuff its coffers even more.

If Edward Snowden Is Right About Clinton’s Emails, Bernie Sanders Will Win a Landslide Victory

by H.A. Goodman


Perhaps nobody on the planet knows more about intelligence protocol than Edward Snowden. If Snowden says it’s “completely ridiculous” to believe that Clinton’s emails were safe, then yes, it’s fair to include his viewpoint in any critique of Hillary Clinton’s latest controversy. In addition, since I believe Senator Bernie Sanders is desperately needed at this point in U.S. history, and electing Clinton or a Republican would essentially be nominating the same president on war and foreign policy, it’s important to address relevant analysis of the email controversy.

There seems to be a bizarre paradigm of thought among some Democrats that prevents any scandal associated with Hillary Clinton from being a part of debate or discussion. When Anthony Weiner questioned the legitimacy of Sanders running as a Democrat, or when Senator Claire McCaskill attacked Bernie for being “too liberal”and “extreme,” ironically there was never any uproar or indignation among those who claim to support unity among progressives.

Just recently, a pro-Clinton super PAC tried to link controversial statements made by Hugo Chavez to Bernie Sanders. Also, let’s not bring up Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign against Barack Obama. If you don’t think Clinton’s 3 AM ad in 2008 contained a “racist sub-message,” then read the analysis of a Harvard sociologist and remember the viewpoint (“black people are incensed over all of this”) of South Carolina’s James Clyburn.

Therefore, since we know that some Clinton supporters have no qualms about comparing Bernie Sanders to a Fox News socialist or even linking him to Hugo Chavez, let’s simply address reality while others genuinely “go negative.” The reality is that other intelligence experts have come to the same conclusion as Snowden.

Read the rest of If Edward Snowden Is Right About Clinton’s Emails, Bernie Sanders Will Win a Landslide Victory | H. A. Goodman

Bernie Don’t Get No Respect From Media

Bernie Sanders, as far as the media is concerned, is the Rodney Dangerfield of presidential candidates — “he don’t get no respect.” Of the 23 candidates running for president in the two major parties, precisely four of them have ever shown even 20 percent support (in their polling averages from their base voters). Actually, to be completely accurate, five people have hit the 20 percent support level since the race began this year, but Joe Biden is not actually a candidate yet. The other four are Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders.

Andrew Tyndall, who monitors broadcast news from ABC, NBC, and CBS, has some numbers which starkly show Bernie’s Rodney Dangerfield problem. Tyndall tracked the total time the three networks have devoted to the presidential race this year: 504 minutes. This is more than their coverage (to this point on the calendar) in 2011 (277 minutes) and 2007 (462 minutes), so it’s not like they’re shying away from covering the race or anything. Out of that total, 338 minutes this year has been aired about the Republican race, while only 128 minutes was centered on the Democratic race. Granted, the Republicans have more candidates, which might explain some of the lopsided nature of those numbers.

Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich on Bernie Sanders’ Surging Campaign

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00By Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now! | Video Interview

Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary under President Clinton, discusses the economic plans of Democratic front-runners Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, as well as his new book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few. The book looks at why the United States is now experiencing the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in 80 years.


This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: So, let’s turn to the Democrats, because it hasn’t only been the Republicans who have been in power, and that sucking sound from the bottom to the top has been quite as loud. In July, Hillary Clinton outlined her economic vision in a speech at The New School here in New York City.

These Charts Show Just How Impressive Bernie Sanders’ Fundraising Haul Is

After Thursday’s quarterly fundraising deadline passed, the Sanders campaign told MSNBC it had raised $26 million in the past three months. The campaign says it has now received a total of more than a million donations from an estimated 650,000 donors; meanwhile, Clinton’s momentum has appeared to slow. Her $28 million quarterly take slightly exceeded what Sanders brought in, but was significantly down from the second quarter, when she raised more than $47.5 million. The Clinton campaign hasn’t announced its total donor tally.

This is the best indication yet that Bernie Sanders is serious about winning

In what is the most compelling evidence yet that Sanders is serious about winning the Democratic nomination, and the presidency, he told former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod that he hasn’t ruled out running negative ads for the first time in his career.

“It’s my hope that I will never run a negative ad,” Sanders said this week in an interview with Axelrod, who is now in charge of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. “I never have after all these years. But I — we’ll see.”

Speaking to the Concordia Summit on public-private partnerships in New York City, Biden mentioned his potential rival in an aside about lingering issues with the economy.

“If you take a look at everyone from the IMF to Standard & Poors, the greatest concern they have about economic growth is the concentration of wealth,” Biden said of the International Monetary Fund and the credit ratings agency. “Listen, I’m not Bernie Sanders. He’s a great guy, by the way. No he really is. I’m not a populist. But I’m a realist.”

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