Sanders, Perez plan cross-country tour
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states After Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward MORE (I-Vt.) will join Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez in a cross-country outreach tour to states Democrats lost in 2016. 

The trip will begin in Maine in mid-April and will reach several states, including Kentucky, Florida, Nevada and Arizona, according to The Washington Post.

“This is part of our effort to revitalize the Democratic Party, to turn it into a grassroots party — to tell people that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE’s agenda is not what he promised them,” Sanders told the Post.

“On issue after issue, he’s turned his back on working people and sided with the millionaire class.”

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The trip comes after a contentious race to lead the DNC. Perez — who was considered the "establishment" choice because he worked in the Obama administration as Labor secretary and had close ties to presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE — defeated Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who had the backing of progressives like Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump's SEC may negate investors' ability to fight securities fraud Schatz's ignorance of our Anglo-American legal heritage illustrates problem with government Dems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee MORE (D-Mass.). 

"During that campaign, Tom said that the Democratic Party had to be refocused, had to be rebuilt, and I trust that he will keep those promises," Sanders said. "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 and Perez will use the trip to drum up Democratic enthusiasm for special and midterm elections on the horizon. One such success story so far is Democrat Jon Ossoff raising an unprecedented $8 million for a House special election race in Georgia as he tries to flip a seat long held by Republicans.

“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 said.

When the GOP had control of the White House and both chambers of Congress heading into the 2006 elections, Democrats famously used then-DNC Chairman Howard Dean's "50-state strategy" to surge to control of both chambers before winning back the White House two years later.