There’s less than two weeks until the Democratic National Convention, and even though Senator Bernie Sanders said he would vote for Hillary Clinton in November, he still hasn’t endorsed her, and he still hasn’t dropped out of the race.
So why hasn’t Bernie Sanders dropped out yet? According to Sanders and his campaign, the goal is no longer snagging the presidency – it’s shaping the Democratic Platform – and it’s being negotiated right now.
How Will Bernie Sanders Shape the Democratic Platform?
In the Democratic primary, it was easy for Sanders to carve out distinct – albeit minor – differences between himself and Clinton. But in the grand scheme of the political universe, they actually agree on a lot.
But Sanders is demanding that Clinton and the Democratic Party take a more aggressive stance on adopting a progressive platform – and become dedicated to issues like reforming Wall Street and the fossil fuel industry.
“What I am trying to do now, in a variety of ways,” Sanders says on MSNBC, “is to see that we have a Democratic platform that represents working families.”
In a clip posted by the campaign, Sanders goes on to praise the early agreements between the two campaigns over banking reform and the expansion of Social Security.
But as he reiterates: there are still plenty of disagreements between the Sanders and Clinton campaigns. Thankfully, they still have some time to work them out.
Not All Is Quiet On The Democratic Front
Environmentalist Bill McKibben is one of Sanders’ five delegates negotiating the Democratic Party’s future platform in Philadelphia. Earlier this week, in an op-ed McKibben wrote for Politico, he expressed his frustration with the Clinton delegates, who he says have been “obstructing change to the Democratic platform.”
“The essential dynamic quickly emerged. The Clinton campaign was ready to acknowledge serious problems,” McKibben wrote. “But when it came to specific policy changes, they often balked.” He goes to explain that the Sanders campaign would lose nearly every vote, 7-6.
The platform discussions will soon move to Orlando, Florida where another 187 delegates will begin to weigh in on the negotiating process, before the Democrats return to Philadelphia for their convention. So there is still time for the Clinton and Sanders camps to reach a happy medium.
We’ll see if the first round of platform negotiation is the sign of things to come.