Published On: Mon, Mar 30th, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders Endorsing Emanuel’s Rival, Wants to Take Down Billionaire Oligarchs

Sanders, 73, pointed out the fact that Emanuel’s campaign is financed by the very “oligarchy” of millionaires and billionaires the senator sees as the scourge of American democracy.

Bernie Sanders

Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders will be in Chicago this week, to endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in his race against incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Sun Times reported. Sanders will also be raising money for his still undeclared 2016 presidential bid.

Sanders, 73, pointed out the fact that Emanuel’s campaign is financed by the very “oligarchy” of millionaires and billionaires the senator sees as the scourge of American democracy.

“I don’t have any hard feelings towards Rahm, ” Sanders told the Sun Times, “but we need a revolution in politics in this country, and that revolution is to mobilize by the tens of millions working-class people and lower-income people to begin to stand up, to begin to come together and stand up for their rights.

“So that’s my perception of what is going on in Chicago and that is ordinary people, working people, are saying enough is enough, we need a new politics, we need a politics that represents the needs of ordinary Americans, so not just the very wealthy. And I will support that effort all over the country and certainly in the city of Chicago.”

Sanders is also fundraising this week in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Austin. Then, on Friday morning, he is holding a fundraiser “to discuss how we move forward in 2015 and 2016” at the Sable Kitchen & Bar in the Hotel Palomar, in Chicago, tickets available for $200 to $1, 000.

“At a time when the wealthiest people and largest corporations are becoming richer while virtually everyone else is becoming poorer, working-class people have got to fight back. And that is what the campaigns of Chuy and Susan are all about, ” Sanders said in an email.

“If I ran, ” he told the Sun Times, “it would be a campaign taking on the billionaire class, taking on Wall Street, taking on the private insurance companies, taking on the drug companies, taking on the military industrial complex, taking on all the elements of the ruling class of America.”

The latest CNN/ORC poll has Hillary Clinton at 62 percent; Vice President Joe Biden, 15 percent; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 10 percent; Sanders, 3 percent; and O’Malley and Webb at 1 percent.

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