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Sanders Looking to Fight at Convention Over Policy Platform Changes

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By    |   Friday, 01 Jul 2016 01:29 PM

Some Bernie Sanders supporters say the Democratic National Convention's policy platform draft doesn't go far enough on Medicare expansion, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a carbon tax, and a ban on fracking, reports Politico, and the Vermont senator alongside his supporters, are promising to fight for changes.

James Zogby, a member of the drafting committee and a Sanders ally, said specific policy is what's causing disagreements and sparking tensions, according to Politico.

Sanders expressed his dissatisfaction in an email to supporters: "We are going to take our political revolution into the halls of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia where we will fight to place a $15 minimum wage, opposition to TPP, and a ban on fracking directly into the Democratic Platform."

The Sanders campaign is focused on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (or TPP), and policy director Warren Gunnels says it should not receive a vote, but he maintained that some Sanders-supported plans made it to the platform.

Gunnels and his Hillary Clinton team counterpart, Maya Harris, worked together to hash out agreements, reports Politico.

"We won some very important victories," Gunnels said.

Clinton's camp does not commit to specific ideas, according to drafting committee member Bill McKibben, who says, "The Clinton campaign is at this point rhetorically committed to taking on our worst problems, but not willing to say how."

Sanders' will have 72 supporters on the 187-member Democratic platform committee when the draft is considered, reports Politico. If he doesn't get enough support for an amendment that opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, he would "take this fight to the floor" at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia

The Vermont senator said the platform needs "clear language" on a $15 minimum wage, according to USA Today.

Carol Browner, a Clinton supporter on the drafting committee, dismissed those concerns in a separate Politico article, saying, "This is a platform that will make history."

Sanders, however, may agree with much of the platform. "I think we will succeed in having the most progressive Democratic platform in history," Sanders said, reports USA Today.

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Some Bernie Sanders supporters say the Democratic National Convention's policy platform draft doesn't go far enough on Medicare expansion, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a carbon tax, and a ban on fracking, reports Politico, and the Vermont senator alongside his supporters,...
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