Sanders urges party to go beyond comfort zone

"We have a new chair".

Chris Hayes pushes Tom Perez to join Bernie in saying "the ruling class & billionaire class" are to blame for our problems. The two are traveling together on a "Come Together and Fight Back" multi-state tour to rally grassroots enthusiasm and attempt to strengthen the Democratic Party.

The tour had already made stops in Maine, Florida and Kentucky.

Perez appears to agree with that perspective on his party.

Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Tom Perez on Tuesday seemed to distance himself from the call for the DNC to become more progressive, as he and Sen.

"The actions today by the DNC to embrace and support a candidate for office who will strip women - one of the most critical constituencies for the party - of our basic rights [abortion] and freedom is not only disappointing, it is politically stupid", NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement. He is, after all, running in a district that Republicans have routinely won with more than 60 percent of the vote. "If you run as a Democrat, you're a Democrat", Sanders told The Wall Street Journal.

Statewide, it's a different story: Democrats have lost all but six of the last 27 statewide elections. Democrats are also setting their sights on the governor's mansion.

Democrats have new leadership on multiple levels.

Some attendees said it's time to unite and reform the Democratic Party, while others said they're skeptical of the political establishment and big money in politics. 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.

Novice Democrat tops Georgia race, but faces runoff
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump would campaign in Georgia for Handel "if needed" but dismissed the race as overhyped. That attention has unnerved some Republicans, including President Donald Trump , who attacked Ossoff via his Twitter account.

Sanders drew thousands to a rally at the civic center in Portland in July 2015, showing he was more than a fringe candidate.

The Republican National Committee called the event an unhinged, profanity-laced roadshow that will do nothing to stem the surge of Republican support. The goal is to rebuild the party after the major rift that developed between supporters of Sanders and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president. "It's an investment. If people are getting health care, it's an investment". Perez has tried tough talk to bond with the audiences.

Are you a Democrat, Hayes asked Sanders who was sitting next to Perez. "They want to hear the message of the Democratic Party". Perez's predecessor, U.S. Rep.

Perez's predecessor, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned after Sanders' campaign pounced on leaked emails that they said showed party officials had favored Clinton during the primaries.

"Keith Ellison is a strong member of the team".

[Some Democrats] will say: They know what we're for. "We don't want to risk letting the small things that divide us make us lose our focus". It's free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. What I'm trying to do, and I've been doing this for a number of years in a variety of ways, is to revitalize American democracy, to create a political system that is not dominated by billionaires and large corporations, but bring working people into the political process.

This story will be updated.

It all makes Sanders's decision not to back Ossoff even more conspicuous.

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