Bernie Sanders: Dem platform for last 15 years has been a 'failure'

Bernie Sanders: Dem platform for last 15 years has been a 'failure'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMichael Bennet 'encouraged' in possible presidential bid: report House Dems unveil measure to reject anti-Israel boycotts Bannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) slammed the Democratic Party's platform at an event in Mississippi on Wednesday, saying it had been a "failure."

“The business model, if you like, of the Democratic Party for the last 15 years or so has been a failure,” Sanders said, according to The Washington Examiner.

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“Now what happened — people sometimes don’t see that because of the charismatic individual named Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPence lobbies anti-Trump donors to support reelection: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump attacks on McCain rattle GOP senators Obama reveals his March Madness bracket MORE who won the presidency in 2008 and 2012. He was obviously an extraordinary candidate, brilliant man,” the senator continued. 

“But behind that reality, over the last 10 years Democrats have lost about 1,000 seats in state legislatures all across this country." 

Sanders's comments come as Democrats across the U.S. gear up for November's midterm elections. Sanders has long criticized the Democratic Party's establishment, accusing it of being beholden to special interests

He lost to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Hillicon Valley: Kushner accused of using WhatsApp, personal email for official work | White House rejects request for Trump-Putin communications | Facebook left 'hundreds of millions' of passwords unsecured | Tech pressured to root out extremism Man accused of mailing pipe bombs to Dems pleads guilty MORE in the party's 2016 presidential primary.

Sanders has been floated as a potential 2020 Democratic contender, along with former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenTrump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows Biden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump attacks on McCain rattle GOP senators MORE and Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisMichael Bennet 'encouraged' in possible presidential bid: report House Dems unveil measure to reject anti-Israel boycotts Strategist says Trump is 'retreating' from talking about foreign policy MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Jared Kushner's brother made last-minute donation to Beto O'Rourke Senate campaign Biden advisers mull launch naming Abrams as running mate: report MORE (D-N.J.).