Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), who also declined to engage in the fracas more than former Democratic National Committee seat Donna Brazileâs 2016 tell-all guide, is pushing for the DNC to consider at least four reforms to the primary process or risk dropping credibility with progressive voters.
âDo you believe in open primaries, or do you not?â Sanders said in an job interview at his Senate office. âDo you believe in transparency or not? Do you believe in keeping 700-plus superdelegates or not? Do you believe in letting people vote in caucuses who currently cannot? Those are the issues. There are some people thinking politically, giving all kinds of reasons [why not] â but those are the issues.â
The focus of Sandersâs mini-campaign is on the DNCâs Unity plus Reform Commission, created after the 2016 primaries â? but before Hillary Clintonâs surprise defeat in the general selection â? to ease tensions between followers of the two candidates.
On Dec. 8 and 9, the particular commission will meet for the last period, and present recommendations to the full DNC. Sandersâs goal is twofold: In order to highlight the reforms he desires most, and to prevent the issue through fading when the full DNC fulfills again.
âThis will invigorate the party,â said Sanders. âHow are you a serious national party when in half the states, thereâs no serious Democratic presence?â
Sanderâs priorities for change have not changed much since the summertime of 2016, when he began assaulting the presence of âsuperdelegatesâ â? unbound delegates to the partyâs convention, whose quantity has increased every cycle â? to get giving Clinton an insurmountable prospect.