Not only is Sen. Bernie Sanders raising millions of dollars, but he announced that he has over 175,000 volunteers pledged to work for his presidential campaign.
Sanders made the announcement on The Rachel Maddow Show, “I had the feeling, Rachel that there was a strong undercurrent of support, and when we announced on Thursday, we sent out an email on website berniesanders.com. We got 35,000 responses in terms of contributions, and 100,000 people indicated on the first day alone that they wanted to sign up and work on the campaign, and those numbers have gone up in the last few days. I feel really good about that.”
Maddow asked, “You have 100,000 people who have pledged to volunteer on the campaign already?”
Sanders answered, “No, actually, we have 175,000.”
Later, Sen. Sanders added, “I think the main thing is Rachel, is that we have a message that is resonating all across this country. And that is, the income and wealth inequality in this country is grotesque. Ninety-nine percent of all new income goes to the top one percent. The top one-tenth of one percent owns as much wealth as the bottom ninety percent, and meanwhile, the middle-class in this country continues to disappear. I think people want a candidate who is prepared to take on the billionaire class and say you know what, this country belongs to all of us, and not to a handful of billionaire families.”
Within the mainstream press, there was an immediate dismissal of Sen. Sanders as a legitimate candidate, but Bernie Sanders is legit. The American people are putting the Senator from Vermont in a position to mount a credible challenge to former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. The more money and volunteers that the Sanders campaign can gather, the longer he will be able to stay in the race.
Bernie Sanders’s candidacy is going to allow Democrats to discuss the issues that matter most to them. Even if Sanders remains a long shot to win the Democratic nomination, his candidacy has been and will continue to be beneficial to both the left and the Democratic Party.
Unlike the long shot pretenders that have been entering into the Republican race, Bernie Sanders has real popular support. Sanders supporters have already raised millions of dollars, and now they are springing into action to help their candidate.