Bernie Sanders Pushes Political, Economic Revolution in Fort Worth on Same Day Joe Biden Enters Race

This story is developing and will be updated.FORT WORTH--Bernie Sanders told supporters and onlookers Thursday that he was committed to policies that would boost the middle class and poor, not the very rich."Our campaign is not just about Donald Trump," Sanders said at downtown Fort Worth's Burnett Park. "It's about creating and economy and a government that works for all, not just one percent."Sanders rattled off a litany of goals, including combating climate change, turning around the economy for average Americans, giving all Americans access the health care and free college tuition for all. And he pointed comments about racism and looking out for the younger generation. "Justice means we're going to end the institutional racism that exists all over this country," he said. "We're going to lead the effort to end racism and discrimination in the United States of America."Sanders, the Vermont senator and runner-up for the 2016 Democratic Party nomination for president, is on the second and final day of a swing through Texas. On Wednesday he participated in a women of color forum Houston, and later held a rally in the state's largest city. His visit to North Texas underscores the growing importance of Texas in the presidential sweepstakes, a state with a bundle of delegates that will be awarded on a proportional basis.Though former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro are favorite sons, other presidential contenders are hoping to come out of Texas with delegates in what's currently a wide open, national contest."We can and we will beat Donald Trump here in Texas," Sanders said, explaining why he chose to campaign in Fort Worth.Tarrant County, carried last year by O'Rourke in his unsuccessful Senate contest against incumbent Republican Ted Cruz, has become increasingly important to Democratic Party presidential hopefuls.Last month California Sen. Kamala Harris held a town hall meeting in the county, and O'Rourke made it a focal point of his Senate race."It means Tarrant County is in play," said Tarrant County Republican Party Chairwoman Deborah Peoples. "I've always said Tarrant County is not Dallas County. You no longer can simply go to Dallas and check the North Texas box. You have to come to Tarrant County."Sanders, on the strength of his 2016 performance, has sat near the top of most polls.But on Thursday former Vice President Joe Biden launched his campaign. Biden leads in most polls and could impact the course of the hotly contested race.Ben Cohen, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream based in Vermont, said in Fort Worth Thursday that Sanders has more credibility of progressive issues than his rivals."He doesn't go with the trends, he sets the trends," Cohen said. "He's clearly leading the country, just look all the other candidates who are following."The Fort Worth crowd included new and veteran Sanders supporters. They all said they are happy his policy positions of four years ago are in vogue."I'm glad he got the conversation started," said Marissa Ramirez, a Mexican-American Jew who attends Tarrant County Community College.Ramirez said she likes Sanders because he knows the importance of boosting young Americans, particularly those want to attend college. His proposal of free college for all Americans is important, Ramirez said."I work two jobs to pay for school," she said. "I like his plan for free college."Chase Johnson, a MRI technician from Fort Worth, said Sanders is in his top four."I like that he's pushed people to the left," Johnson said. "I like his policies."Johnson said he preferred Sanders over Biden, who he says would garner the same reaction to his campaign as Hillary Clinton in 2016."He'll carry all the baggage of the Obama administration," Johnson said. "It feels too much like Hillary Clinton."At the Fort Worth rally former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, a national co-chair for Sanders campaign, responded to the booing Sanders took at the Wednesday She the People forum, when some in the crowd didn't like his answers on helping black women and fighting against hate crimes.At that forum, Sanders said he attended the 1963 March of Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the slain civil rights leader. He also said he supported the 1988 presidential campaign of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson."In what world do people boo that," Turner said. "You don't boo folks for that."On Thursday Sanders stayed focused on his agenda, including getting Medicare for all and raising the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour."If we stand together, we're going to win that important fight," he said.  Continue reading...

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