Real Transformation in American Politics Is What's Happening to the Democratic Party

Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talks with Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe owner Mary Nishimuta on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Frankfort, Ky.

"No, I'm an Independent", Sanders responded.

"We need to make the Democratic Party not just the party of the east coast and the west coast, but the party for all 50 states", Sanders said. Perez, who served as President Obama's labor secretary, was elected as chairman of the DNC in February.

Sanders won Maine's presidential caucuses by almost two-thirds when he ran in the 2016 primaries against Hillary Clinton.

"Our job is to take the progressive message out into the world, go beyond our zone of comfort, start with working people", Sanders said.

Hayes followed up by asking Perez, sitting next to Sanders, if he agreed with the Vermont senator's approach.

FILE - In this November 17, 2016, file photo, Sen. "I'm going to be working 24/7", Sanders bellowed.

"Regardless of where they live or their political affiliations, most people understand that it is absurd for Republicans in Congress to support huge tax breaks for billionaires while pushing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid", Sanders and Ellison said. This means building or strengthening state and local parties in red states or red areas of blue states where Democrats are not competitive at the local level. Mitch McConnell in 2014 when she released a TV ad showing her holding a shotgun at a shooting range in an attempt to combat McConnell's image of her as an out-of-touch liberal politician. She praised Perez for bringing U.S. Rep.

"Over the past few election cycles, Bluegrass voters have soundly rejected the job-killing, leftist policies espoused by Perez, Sanders, and the Democrat Party", McDaniel said. "They are Republican lite".

From the "Come Together and Fight Back" tour's kickoff rally in ME on Monday, Democrats witnessed that old habits die hard.

Bernie Sanders urged Democrats to reach out to President Donald Trump's supporters to promote a progressive agenda that includes guaranteed health care for all Americans as part of a strategy to rebuild the party.

But they could have a hard time in Kentucky, where Democrats once dominated state politics but have since lost the governor's mansion and majorities in both chambers of the state legislature.

Perez cursed twice during the event - at one point calling President Trump's proposed "skinny budget" a "s-tty budget".

He called for living wages, protecting Planned Parenthood, fighting income inequality and a single-payer health care system.

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