DemDaily: The Fight Back Tour

April 18, 2017

Members of Congress recessed last week to return home and face the fallout from constituents on the uncertainty surrounding the future of their health care and economic security under new Trump administration policies.

Footage of packed town hall debates and raucous crowds verbally attacking Republican officials flood network news and the web daily, serving as a stark reminder to those on the receiving end that their future in elected office is similarly uncertain under this President.

To capitalize on the discontent, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez and Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) are touring eight states over the next week to promote an alternative progressive agenda and choice in local and state elections.

Of the tour, the newly-elected Perez, who previously served as Secretary of Labor under Obama, said "The mission of the new DNC is not simply to elect the president of the United States - it's to elect Democrats from the school board to the Senate."

The inclusion of Sanders, who lost the presidential primary to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is a critical nod to the progressive wing of the party - and independents who went from Sanders to Trump in the general.

At the tour kickoff in Portland, Maine last night, Sanders called for a transformation of the Democratic Party "into a 50-state party, and a party which does not continue to ignore half of the states in our country... Our job is to create a democratic Democratic party - a grassroots party - where decisions are made from the bottom on up, not from the top on down."

Sanders won the Democratic Presidential Caucuses in Maine by a margin of 18% and out-performed HRC in two other scheduled tour states - which include Maine, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada.

While only two of these states (ME, NV) went for Clinton in the 2016 general election, they are all places where Democratic gains have been made in recent years.

To reinforce the importance of women's healthcare in the platform, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards will join Sanders and Perez in Las Vegas, the eighth and final stop on the tour.

Click on the States in the chart below to RSVP to Upcoming Events!

Date
Time
City, State
Speakers
State Results: Presidential
State Results: Primary
April 175:30 PMPortland, MaineTom Perez and Bernie SandersClinton 48%
Trump 45%
Clinton 46%
Sanders 64%
April 185:30 PMLouisville, KentuckyTom Perez and Bernie SandersClinton 33%
Trump 63%
Clinton 47%
Sanders 46%
April 195:30 PMMiami, FloridaTom Perez and Bernie SandersClinton 48%
Trump 49%
Clinton 64%
Sanders 33%
April 2010:00 AMGrand Prairie, TexasBernie Sanders and DNC Vice Chair Michael BlakeClinton 44%
Trump 53%
Clinton 65%
Sanders 33%
April 206:00 PMOmaha, NebraskaBernie Sanders and DNC Deputy Chair Keith EllisonClinton 34%
Trump 60%
Clinton 43%
Sanders 57%
April 2110:30 AMSalt Lake City, UtahTom Perez and Bernie SandersClinton 28%
Trump 46%
Clinton 20%
Sanders 79%
April 225:30 PMMesa, ArizonaTom Perez and Bernie SandersClinton 46%
Trump 49%
Clinton 57%
Sanders 41%
April 239:00 AMLas Vegas, NevadaTom Perez, Bernie Sanders and Cecile RichardsClinton 48%
Trump 46%
Clinton 53%
Sanders 47%
Check the DemList Calendar for ongoing updates and details!
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