DNC Unity Tour Hits Speed Bump Over Candidate's Abortion Record

Neither Ellison nor Perez was on hand Thursday - the DNC instead sent vice chairman Michael Blake - but Sanders, an Independent senator from Vermont, took the opportunity to urge Democrats to be bolder on both policy and politics.

"No, I am an independent", Sanders replied, before launching into a lengthy explanation of what ailed the party - whose nomination he sought in 2016 - and what it needs to do in order to reclaim power.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) kicked off his multi-state unity tour with new Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez in style Monday, delivering a rousing speech in Portland, Maine.

Sanders spoke to a boisterous crowd Tuesday night in Louisville as he continued a nationwide tour to rally Democrats trying to overcome last year's election losses.

"Health care is absolutely a right in this country, or should be", Perez said.

And that's what Perez really needs - to get the anti-Trump energy to work for the Democratic Party. We need to unite!

The Hayes interview exposed two related but separate rifts between Sanders and Perez: 1) whether "billionaires" and the "ruling class" are, in fact, to blame for creating America's financial problems; and 2) whether blaming them is an effective political strategy that the Democratic Party should collectively pursue. California Senator Barbara Boxer tweeted, "Bernie is a Democrat "some days", back in February of 2016.

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The Perez-Sanders tour will not go through any state holding a congressional election soon, though it will boost Heath Mello, the Democrat running for mayor of Omaha.

"I'm a pro-growth progressive - who has fought for equal pay for women, to expand early childhood education, to fix our crumbling infrastructure and to help middle-class families squeezed by high property taxes and sewer taxes", he said.

"Our big tent is big enough to accommodate people who have viewpoint diversity on a number of issues", he said. Rather than learn a lesson from that, Perez and Sanders are taking the same confused act on tour, and that lack of insight might transform it from a political effort to a comic performance-art piece.

"Not sure you've seen someone from the Democratic National Committee in your community twice in eight weeks", he said.

Sanders, unique among American politicians, likes to contrast his country's politics and policy with the rest of the world. The 40-year-old Atlanta-area activist in the Black Lives Matter movement volunteered for Sanders' campaign last year. Sanders will call for Democrats to reach out to Trump supporters. "We are going to stand up and we are going to fight back".

"When we put hope on the ballot, Chris, we win", Perez said.

That's a hard thing to do when you're in the minority party, because your base wants you to be strong, which you can be. "I call it a s**tty budget because you know what... budgets are moral documents", Perez exclaimed, oblivious to the disconnect in his use of profanity while speaking of morality and the likely effect it may have among some voters in red states, whom he claims are his intended audience.

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