Tag Archives: Bernie Sanders

Democrats choose sides, but seem ready to unite

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

The dance floor was jam-packed with Democrats at Carleo’s the night of the first presidential debate, and nobody was dancing. Bernie Sanders ruled the night, or maybe it just seemed that way because his supporters were louder than Hillary Clinton’s crowd. Mostly younger, too.

Anthony Perry and Kyle Bobisch sneered in the general direction of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, pointing out that he’s never been elected to anything, while their man Sanders is the longest-serving congressional independent in U.S. history and was returned to office with 70 percent of the vote last election.

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‘Feeling the Bern’ for Sanders

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

Knoxville was Feeling the Bern last Wednesday as two standing-room-only groups on opposite ends of town participated in what is being billed as the biggest grassroots political organizing event ever. More than 100,000 people nationwide RSVPed to Bernie Sanders’ invitation to come hear his live-streamed stump speech, and the Knoxville groups attracted far more than 200.

Sanders is a two-term U.S. Senator from Vermont seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

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