Bernie Sanders’ Supporters Could Get Big Win With Superdelegate Overhaul

Maine State Rep. Diane Russell

On Monday, Bernie Sanders gave his best pitch to date asking his followers to accept reality and support Hillary Clinton. He says she’s the candidate who will appoint Supreme Court justices willing to overturn the Citizens United campaign finance ruling, hold Wall Street accountable, and implement his plan for affordable college tuition

From Sanders’ speech:

Any objective observer will conclude that, based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.”

Sanders supporters got some big wins at the start of the convention. The convention adopted what Sanders and others are calling the most progressive Democratic platform ever. And the DNC’s rules committee voted to examine overhauling the party’s superdelegate system in future election cycles. 

How far could these things go toward uniting Democrats after a hard-fought primary cycle?

If we were ever going to get to a unity place, we were going to have to address this (superdelegate) issue,” says Maine state Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland), who helped lead a successful effort in her state to abolish its superdelegates by 2020.

It’s always been about ensuring people have confidence in their vote,” she says.

To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.

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