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Former Sanders Backer: Clinton 'Needs to Keep Democrats Unified'

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By    |   Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 09:47 AM

Liberal activists are putting Hillary Clinton on notice: The Democratic presidential candidate must keep progressive voters in mind in order to gain progressive voters for the Democratic Party.

"Hillary Clinton needs to keep Democrats unified around big, bold, progressive ideas," Progressive Change Campaign Committee press secretary Kait Sweeney said on the Washington Examiner's  "Examining Politics" podcast.

Sweeney, a liberal activist and a veteran of Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, said that adopting more progressive ideas helps Clinton appeal to Sanders' supporters.

"When she came out for expanding Social Security, when she came out for debt-free college, when she came out for Wall Street reform… that was a huge part of her appeal to primary voters," Sweeney said.

"It's a big part of what's going to get Bernie supporters on her side, what's going to keep progressives excited about November, what's going to keep them voting," the activist said on the Examiner podcast.

After the Democratic convention appearances of Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sweeney argued that the Democratic Party platform is more progressive than it's ever been, according to Oregon Live.

"Tonight's convention confirmed that progressives have achieved a major victory in shifting the center of gravity in the Democratic Party.

"Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and others showed the nation tonight that Democrats are unifying around big, bold progressive issues. After years of hard work, the party's center of gravity has shifted to a bold, progressive agenda that includes debt-free college, expanding Social Security, $15 minimum wage, public option and Wall Street reform."

Clinton may face an uphill battle at convincing some of Bernie Sanders' supporters, Clare Malone wrote at FiveThirtyEight.com.

"Many just want to keep the sense of community built by the Sanders campaign going," Malone said.

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