I am 100% in for Bernie Sanders' campaign for the Democratic Party nomination, and for president. For the longest time, Bernie Sanders has represented my viewpoint on policy and my viewpoint on good governance and ethical politics. I am ecstatic that he is running for president.
A wonderful validation of the trust and hope I put in Senator Sanders is the way he's conducted himself since his announcement. Watch the interview with Wolf Blitzer, or read any interview in print done since the announcement. He is actually staying true to his ideals and his character. He is NOT running as the anti-Hillary, although many might want that. Hillary may or may not win, and may or may not be the best representative of the Democratic Party platform. But Bernie Sanders is NOT trying to tear down Hillary Clinton to scrape off a few percentage points. He detests negative ads and negative politics, and he's not doing it.
He is running a positive campaign as an advocate for us. Not as a man trying to claw his way to the top of a political pile, but as a positive advocate.
What he's doing is more transformative and more meaningful, and will have far more impact on the overall debate than some nonsensical celebrity cage match with Hillary Clinton. He is representing the views of millions of working and middle class Americans, and injecting a viable and tested set of policies and viewpoints into the national debate. He is doing so in a purely positive manner, in a way that is not against any one persona but instead for the people he represents.
I understand that many people, dissatisfied with Hillary Clinton as a candidate -- and dissatisfied with the dubious donors behind her, and the half-measure and sometimes retrograde policies and questionable voting history that she embodies -- will be very quick to try to transform their support for Bernie Sanders into an anti-Hillary campaign. This is understandable. But I really think that misses his rationale for running, and misses the real opportunity of his campaign for the nomination. A sensible, grounded, positive voice for the working and middle classes of this country.
I will be voting for a Democrat in November 2016. I will be voting for Bernie Sanders for as long as he's listed on the ballot. I hope others will join this campaign and donate to it to keep their advocate in action.