For Immediate Release via Bernie 2020 March 4, 2020 (Featured Image: Gage Skidmore)
WASHINGTON －Sen. Bernie Sanders will travel to Michigan this weekend to rally supporters in Detroit and Grand Rapids ahead of the March 10 primary.
Sen. Sanders’ previous trips to the Great Lakes State include joining the picket line in solidarity with striking United Auto Workers (UAW) members in Hamtramck, as well as rallies at Macomb Community College in Warren and Cass Technical High School in Detroit.
Itinerary for both events:
Friday, March 6 7:00 p.m. Bernie 2020 GOTV Detroit Rally with Sen. Bernie Sanders The TCF Center – Hall C & D, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226 Doors open at 5:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Bags are prohibited. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged. Entrance is provided on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available at the Washington, Congress, and Roof garages for $15 (credit card only); attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or take public transportation.
Sunday, March 8 12:30 p.m. Bernie 2020 GOTV Grand Rapids Rally with Sen. Bernie Sanders Calder Plaza, 351 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Doors open at 11:00 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. Bags are prohibited. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged. Entrance is provided on a first come, first served basis. Parking garages are located off of Ottawa Ave, Monroe Ave, and Pearl Ave. Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or take public transportation.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE via 2020 Joe Biden for President March 4, 2020 (Cover image by Gage Skidmore)
Today, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm released the following statement endorsing Joe Biden for President of the United States:
“I’m beyond thrilled to endorse Joe Biden. When Michigan was on its knees during the bankruptcies in the auto industry, Joe Biden was our champion inside the Obama Administration. Through the auto rescue, he made sure a million auto manufacturing jobs — in Michigan and throughout the industrial Midwest — were saved. He ensured that Michigan had the resources to retrain workers, that we invested in schools and teachers, that people had health care. We had been knocked down, and he made sure we got back up on our feet. And he gave us the resources to diversify our auto industry to make electric vehicles. Then he rallied all of the key agencies of the federal government to come to Detroit to bring the basics, lighting, blight clearing, and buses. His last speech as Vice President was in Detroit. He carried us on his shoulders on our journey to recovery. And Michigan came back. Just like Joe.”
Granholm’s endorsement adds to the growing support that Joe Biden has already garnered in Michigan, including the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, State Representatives Joe Tate, Karen Whitsett, and Tenisha Yancey, and State Senator Marshall Bullock.
Biden for President has previously announced more than 1,500 endorsements from national, state, and local leaders, including current and former U.S. senators and representatives, governors, state elected officials, community leaders, and national security professionals.
Four years removed from an intense primary contest that catapulted him to national prominence, Bernie Sanders will once again plant roots in Michigan ahead of the state’s primary on March 10th.
Sanders, who won the state in 2016, edging out Clinton 49.8% to 48.3%, hopes to make the state a big piece of his delegate war chest going into the DNC convention.
Much has changed across the political and candidate landscape in the four years since the 2016 democratic primary. Probably the most glaring difference was the almost vacant field of challengers to presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton. The field in 2016 more closely resembled the sort of field one would expect of an incumbent run for the nomination and less like a wide open primary.
In the context of the time, it made sense. Democrats were coming off of two terms of Barack Obama and felt confident they would capture a sweeping victory with their candidate of choice. The obvious choice among party insiders for the nomination seemed to be Clinton, who had stepped aside from her role as Secretary of State and began preparing for the campaign two years earlier.
The odds-on favorite was seemingly so presumptive that Sanders’ announcement appeared to be more rooted in the belief that the nominee should receive some modicum of competition during the primaries and less of a legitimate attempt to win the nomination. In short, perhaps Sanders would be able to use the platform provided to a candidate in such a sparse field to promote some of his priorities and shape the campaign platform to some degree, but the notion that a Sanders nomination was a possible outcome did not even register with the average voter.
The assumption almost seems humorous with the power of hindsight, as Sanders became a serious challenger to Clinton’s coronation as the Democratic party’s top candidate. An FBI investigation, a private meeting between her husband and AG Loretta Lynch and 33,000 emails later, the presumptive nominee was facing down the possibility of losing.
In the end, Clinton edged out Sanders and went on to lose the presidential election to Donald Trump, an even more improbable notion at the time.
Now entering the thick of the 2020 presidential primary season, Sanders is once again positioned as one of the top candidates for the Democratic Party nomination after a crowded field, scuttling to face the perceived weak candidacy of a Donald Trump incumbency, has winnowed down to six prominent contenders hovering around 10% or better in national polls.
Sanders has certainly benefited thus far from the recent descent of Elizabeth Warren, a candidate perceived to be targeting a similar wing of the ideological left, and a split of voters between candidates seen to be among more centrist circles (at least within the center of the democratic base), though most candidates have seemed to veer heavily to the left of their most recent nominees in Clinton and Obama.
In anticipation of a highly contested vote, Sanders will be opening five field office in Michigan ahead of the primary early next month and hopes to win the state once again on the back of his antagonistic message against American billionaires and various industries at the center of what he claims are the root causes of Americans’ greatest ills. Offices will be opened in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids.