"And say, 'Do you really believe in who voted for Trump, who voted for Donald Trump, do you really believe in that America needs tax breaks for millionaires?"
Jane Peters, a retired education official, echoed Olin's sentiments. "That's what the Democrat Party is in Kentucky right now", she said. "He has to be a leader". "We are all sort of hanging in limbo not really knowing what to do and I am hoping he can give us some clues". During the presidential primary, Sanders and his team were often pitted against the party apparatus.
Sanders will attend an event at the Louisville Palace at 7 p.m., along with the DNC chair and Congressman John Yarmuth, who announced he will seek re-election in 2018.
Bernie Sanders packed Louisville's Palace Theater Tuesday night during a campaign-style rally meant to unify and rebuild the Democratic Party after last year's elections. The 10-day tour will take them from Portland, Maine, to Florida and to Arizona, Montana and Nevada. Sanders' staff organized much of the trip, down to the music.
This is being called a Democratic Unity Tour.
"You don't need a PHD in economics to know that it is immoral and bad economics to support legislation that would through hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians off of the healthcare that they have would do serious damage to the economy here", Sanders said.
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"Our job is to radically transform the Democratic Party", said Sanders to the very loud and enthusiastic crowd.
"It would be interesting to see what the Green Party could do if it got some power", Vars said. "Here is one of the reasons we wanted to choose this state...where all of the movement members had experience working with a bully", he said.
"Our job is to take the progressive message out into the world, go beyond our zone of comfort, start with working people", Sanders said. The Vermont senator will be joined by Perez at the event Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
Perez was secretary of labor under President Barack Obama and became party chairman in February. He said the party's strategy should include building a strong base in all 50 states and not just on both coasts.
A part of the opening act, local Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, seemed liberated and encouraged by the space to stand with and openly agree with Sanders. Throughout, Sanders stuck to his talking points, even touting single-payer health care, which demonstrates the ample leeway Perez and the party are providing him on this speaking tour.
I'll leave you with this. Busch, former Broward Democratic vice chairwoman, was elected to lead the county party last year after 20 years under Chairman Mitch Ceasar, who didn't seek a sixth term.