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Sen. Sanders: Dem Success Depends on Fundamental Changes

By    |   Sunday, 12 November 2017 09:54 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders told CBS's "Face The Nation" on Sunday that although he was excited about Democratic victories across the nation in last week's elections, the party needs to make "fundamental changes" as it gears up for the midterms next year.

"The truth is that neither the Democratic party nor the Republican Party today are held in very high esteem by the American people," the Vermont senator said. "That's just a fact. There are more people now who are Independents than Democrats or Republicans. So, to say to Independents, say to young people who are overwhelmingly independent, say to working people, 'We don't want you to come into the Democratic Party,' is totally absurd. And it's a recipe for failure."

Sanders stressed that the Democratic party must open itself up in order to be successful.

"We need to do away with the extraordinary number of superdelegates that now exist in the presidential nominating process," he said. "We've got to do away with closed primaries. We've got to reform the caucus system to allow everybody to vote. And you need more transparency at the DNC."

Sanders said he is working very hard now to reform the party, to increase voter turnout and to "bring people who have given up on the political process into the Democratic party."

He stressed that is what was seen in last week's elections.

"You are seeing grassroots activists, people for the very first time, young people, working people, running for state legislature, running for city council, running for school board and winning those elections," the senator said. "And what I have always believed is that the only way we're going to transform this country, the only way we're going to take on the top one percent effectively, is when millions of people get involved in the political process."

He added that "when we do that, we will have the kind of energy that we need to soundly defeat the right-wing extremism, which is now what the Republican party is and Donald Trump, as well."

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