MADISON, Wis. Sen. Bernie Sanders and others from the liberal wing of the Democratic Party known as on Democrats from key Midwestern states Wednesday to work collectively to not solely defeat President Donald Trump, however to additionally forge forward with a progressive agenda.

They spoke to activists from 5 Midwestern states throughout a digital assembly coinciding with the third day of the Democratic National Convention. Trump narrowly gained two of the states, Wisconsin and Michigan, and simply barely misplaced a 3rd, Minnesota. All three are central to this yr’s marketing campaign of each Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Trump.

Democrats from South Dakota and North Dakota additionally participated on the call, which attracted round 250 viewers at any given time.

Defeating Trump just isn’t all that this marketing campaign is about,” stated Sanders, who was talking from his hometown of Burlington, Vermont. “We have got to lay out a vision for the American people today who are struggling and hurting in a way we have never seen for a very, very long time.

Sanders’ message to the Midwestern activists, on a call organized by Wisconsin Democrats, came after he delivered a similar message in a prime time speech Monday at the national convention.

The day after the election, weve got to rally the American people to create an agenda that works for all and not just large corporations and the 1%,” Sanders stated. “Dont let anybody fool you, our agenda, the progressive agenda, is the agenda of the American people.

Democrats decided to award the national convention to Milwaukee in part to show a seriousness toward winning back Wisconsin and the Midwest, often referred to as a blue wall. Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate to carry Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan in 1984, but he did it by the narrowest of margins, less than 23,000 votes. Trump won neighboring Michigan by fewer than 11,000 votes and lost in Minnesota by just 45,000 votes.

The COVID-19 pandemic scuttled plans to put the spotlight on Milwaukee and Wisconsin as Democrats hoped, with the bulk of the convention moving to a virtual delivery. Biden is skipping coming to Milwaukee for his acceptance speech, something Trump and his surrogates have highlighted as they flood the state this week.

I did hear the Democrats were supposed to have their national convention in Wisconsin, but they couldnt make it,” Vice President Mike Pence stated on Wednesday throughout a go to to Tankcraft Corporation in Darien, Wisconsin. “Thats really nothing new. I heard on the way here that Joe Biden hasnt been to Wisconsin in 659 days. … Get used to seeing us, because President Donald Trump and I are going to be back to Wisconsin again and again and again to earn four more years in the White House.

Trump held rallies in Wisconsin and Minnesota on Monday and is scheduled to travel to Pennsylvania, the state of Bidens birth, on Thursday, ahead of the Democrats acceptance speech. The president’s son Eric Trump was in Milwaukee on Tuesday, and Pence’s visit was his fifth to Wisconsin this year.

Republicans have been quick to compare Biden not coming to Milwaukee to 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton not campaigning in Wisconsin during the general election. Democrats say the comparison is unfounded, pointing in part to higher television advertising spending by Biden so far in Wisconsin than Clinton at this stage.

The message Wednesday from liberal party leaders was that they must take the Midwest seriously and work together if they hope to defeat Trump.

We can do this, said Rep. Mark Pocan, who represents the liberal Madison area and is co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. We are Midwesterners. We are good, kind people, maybe passive aggressive at times, but goodhearted people who want better for our families and for our neighbors’ families.

Sanders and Pocan were joined by Reps. Ayanna Pressley, from Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan, along with Sens. Cory Booker, of New Jersey, and Michael Bennett, of Colorado. Democratic Party chairs from Michigan and Minnesota also spoke.

Tlaib, who was elected to Congress in 2018 representing parts of Detroit, said the Midwest would deliver the White House for Biden.

And they better give us credit for it because Im going to walk in there and I’m going to say, Yeah, dont ever dismiss the Midwest,’” she stated.


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