Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is making headway with his push for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2016. He had a very successful rally in Iowa on Friday night and received the endorsement of the South Carolina AFL-CIO.
Yes he is a long shot, to say the least. The independent Senator is not expected to win any primaries in the 2016 race, except for maybe in his home state of Vermont. But Sanders is running his campaign like he can win.
Hundreds of supporters crammed into the Drake University Sheslow Auditorium in Des Moines to hear Sanders speak on Friday.
“This campaign is sending a message to the billionaire class, and that message is you can’t have it all, ” he told the enthusiastic crowd.
Anything can happen in the Iowa caucuses. Just ask Hillary Clinton who was upset there by then Senator Barack Obama in 2008. Her campaign never recovered.
So the former first lady should at least be looking over her shoulder at what Sanders is doing in the state.
And now the South Carolina unions have backed him. “We call on the AFL-CIO, union members and working people everywhere to unite behind Bernie Sanders and elect the president America’s workers desperately need, ” a resolution passed by the South Carolina AFL-CIO executive board supporting his candidacy said.
Erin McKee, president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, said the executive board member who recommended Sanders said “nobody in a very long time has stood up for working people and labor like Bernie Sanders has.”
South Carolina is important because it holds won of the early primaries. In 2000, George Bush used it to put the breaks on John McCain’s campaign which, before that primary, was still a serious challenge to the eventual winner of the Republican nomination that year.
After hearing the good news in Iowa, Sanders said, “We are very pleased to have received the support of the executive board and their recommendation that the South Carolina and national AFL-CIO follow their lead.”