Along with tough races over, Bernie Sanders renews call for reforms at DNC

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With tough races over, Bernie Sanders renews call for reforms at DNC


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt. ) addresses a move against the Republican tax plan outside of the U. S. Capitol, Nov.   1 . (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), who also declined to engage in the fracas more than former Democratic National Committee seat Donna Brazile’s 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.

“Do you believe in open primaries, or do you not?” Sanders said in an job interview at his Senate office. “Do 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] — but those are the issues.”

The focus of Sanders’s mini-campaign is on the DNC’s Unity plus Reform Commission, created after the 2016 primaries â€? but before Hillary Clinton’s 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. Sanders’s 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.

“This will invigorate the party,” said Sanders. “How are you a serious national party when in half the states, there’s no serious Democratic presence?”

Sander’s priorities for change have not changed much since the summertime of 2016, when he began assaulting the presence of “superdelegates” â€? unbound delegates to the party’s convention, whose quantity has increased every cycle â€? to get giving Clinton an insurmountable prospect.

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