The Bernie Sanders campaign was in Portsmouth over the weekend, through Monday, utilizing the facilities at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 575 hall to place calls urging Ohio voters to cast their votes for Sanders in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
“Bernie represents one of the only opportunities that I have seen in a long time or that I think will come around again, to make a substantive change in the way that our country is run right now,” Jeremy Carter-Gordon of the Sanders for president campaign said. “It’s a people’s campaign. It’s not a campaign for the top one percent. It’s for folks who are coming out in Portsmouth. It’s amazing that so many people have been giving up their time here. Nobody is getting paid. It’s a great community feeling and it’s really bringing people together. That’s what’s exciting for me.”
Carter-Gordon said the Sanders campaign is unique in one specific way.
“He’s the only candidate who does not have a super-PAC (Political Action Committee). No one thought it would be possible to run a campaign without a super-PAC. Everyone thought that you had to be beholden to these large corporations that are shipping jobs in Ohio overseas — shipping jobs to Mexico, shipping jobs to China — and everyone thought that you had to take money from these big banks that trashed our economy, that we bailed out,” Carter-Gordon said. “Instead Bernie is saying no, I don’t want their money. Instead, 5 million people, and that’s a record, have donated to his campaign. The average donation is $27. And that’s folks who probably don’t have much money to start with that are giving 27 bucks at a time.”
Carter-Gordon said, in addition to their money, many people are giving of their time to help the campaign and spread Sanders’ message.
“We’ve had people take off school,” Carter-Gordon said. “We’ve had people get a day off their jobs to come and do this for us. We’ve had folks say – ‘this is more important than what I’m doing for the next couple of days. I’m going to come down, knock on some doors and help get out the vote’ particularly in Portsmouth.’ Folks have seen what these so-called free trade deals have done to Ohio and done to our country. We have things like NAFTA and CAFTA and now they’re talking about the TPP. These free trade deals are anything but free when you’re talking about the quality of life and the economic security of people in this country.”
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