Sanders: Thousands heeding call for grassroots activism
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKlain says Harris would not overrule parliamentarian on minimum wage increase Romney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers MORE (I-Vt.) says thousands of followers have responded to his cry for grassroots activists at the state and local levels.

The Democratic presidential candidate on Friday said in a statement that nearly 11,000 supporters have voiced interest in running for office or volunteering in their communities.


The total includes nearly 6,700 people who have signed up at, is a website that promises aid for people interested in learning more.

“[It’s] extraordinary,” he said of the response. "This will be part of transforming our country from the bottom up.

“I have no doubt that with the energy and enthusiasm our campaign has shown that we can win significant numbers of local and state elections if people are prepared to become involved.”

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“Election days come and go,” he said in a live video message to backers. "But political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end.

“That’s what this campaign has been about over the past year. That’s what the political revolution is about and that’s why the political revolution must continue into the future.”

Sanders additionally criticized the Democratic National Committee for failing to adopt a “50-state strategy.”

“We can no longer ignore the fact that, sadly, the current Democratic Party leadership has turned its back on dozens of states in this country and has allowed right-wing politicians to win elections in states with virtually no opposition — including some of the poorest states in America. This is unacceptable.”

Sanders’s campaign on Friday said 900 legislative seats have been lost to Republicans nationwide since 2009. Republicans now control 31 state legislatures, it said, and both the governorships and statehouses in 23 states.

Sanders’s camp added that the 6,685 supporters who had signed up on its website cover 51 percent of state house districts, 69 percent of state senate districts and every congressional district in America.