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Tom Perez, Bernie Sanders to Set out on Democratic Unity Tour

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By    |   Friday, 07 Apr 2017 12:27 PM


In an effort to mend fences within the Democratic Party, Sen. Bernie Sanders will join new Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez for a tour of several traditionally conservative states, CNN reported.

The one-week tour begins April 17. People familiar with the tour told CNN that details are still being worked out. Maine is the starting point, and other tour locations include Florida, Kentucky, Nevada, and Arizona.

"We've talked a lot about the need to compete everywhere, and when we talked about a 57-state-and-territory strategy, we meant it," Perez told The Washington Post.

Sanders has criticized the Democratic party for its narrow focus.

"We'll be traveling—and Tom will be traveling with me—to traditionally conservative states. It’s absolutely absurd that the Democratic Party has turned its back on working people in literally half the country,” Sanders said in the Post.

The pair is aiming for the tour to unify Democratic voters away from taking aim at each other and focusing on President Donald Trump and the Republican party.

Sanders team-up with Perez is notable because the Vermont independent favored Perez’s opponent, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, CNN reported.

"During that (DNC chairmanship) campaign, Tom said that the Democratic Party had to be refocused, had to be rebuilt, and I trust that he will keep those promises. The fact that he's prepared to travel with me around the country and pick up half the cost of this is a positive sign," Sanders said.

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