Sanders supporters jab Michael Bennet: ‘Change your vote’

Sanders supporters jab Michael Bennet: ‘Change your vote’

Bernie Sanders supporters targeted U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet during today’s Colorado Democratic Party state convention.

As a Democratic superdelegate supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Bennet has made enemies with the rowdy Sanders supporters who argue he should shift his vote to conform to the majority of Colorado Democrats who felt the Bern on Super Tuesday.

Shouts of “Change your vote!” echoed throughout the main hall of the Budweiser Event Center as Bennet stumbled through his acceptance speech trying to tell fellow Dems he would seek a second term. But stomping feet, jeering and boos drowned him out.

Several times, he paused, pleading with Sanders’ furious delegates to allow him to finish.

They continued to slam him.

Once Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio closed the nomination and asked delegates to pick Bennet after no other candidates surfaced, the “ayes” were muted by a chorus of “boos” from Sanders’ base.

 

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About the Author

Marianne Goodland

has been a political journalist since 1998. She covered the state capitol for the Silver & Gold Record from 1998 to 2009 and for The Colorado Statesman in 2010-11 and 2013-14. Since 2010 she also has covered the General Assembly for newspapers in northeastern Colorado. She was recognized with awards from the Colorado Press Association for feature writing and informational graphics for her work with the Statesman in 2012.

10 Comments

  1. Ken Nixon on said:

    I’ve supported you. Now its time to man-up and support the candidate the majority of state voters favor, BERNIE SANDERS. IF YOU CANT BACK MY WISHES, I, AND MANY others CERTAINLY CAM’T BACK YOU.

  2. b4integrity on said:

    Pass the Truth … Don’t VOTE 4 more of This!

    Hillary’s SENATE RECORD & Other Facts:

    CITIZENS UNITED…………………… SUPPORTS IT/USES IT
    (Allows millions of $ from Big Corporate interests to fund campaigns through SuperPACs)

    WELFARE REFORM ACT ………….SUPPORTED IT
    (Hillary advocated/lobbied for big cuts towards the needy & homeless in ’96 to reduce government spending; Military spending increased by 9 billion $ afterwords)

    DOMA ……………………………….…… VOTED FOR IT 
    (Defense Of Marriage Act – prevented equal rights for alternative marriage)

    NAFTA FREE-TRADE ………………. SUPPORTED IT
    (Hillary advocated/lobbied for it, resulted in lost U.S jobs by companies out-sourcing for cheaper labor abroad)

    PRISON PROFITEERING …………..SUPPORTED IT 
    (Hillary lobbied up votes on Capitol Hill for the “Crime Control & Law Enforcement Act of ’94”, amping up Reagan’s ‘War On Drugs’; Black/Hispanic neighborhoods were turned into police states by random stops/searches, sparking the mass incarceration that continues today – Hillary is still against lighter sentencing for non-violent cannabis ‘offenders’, and accepted $ from lobbyists for two major private prison companies)

    KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE… …………SUPPORTED IT
    (If built, will cause more global warming; also eminent domain land-taking by Big Oil; Hillary recently flipped on this issue for political advantage)

    BREAK UP BIG BANKS ……………… AGAINST IT
    (Need to reenact FDR Glass-Steagall, repealed under Bill Clinton, to avoid another “too big to fail” ’08 Crash, which caused millions of lost: jobs; homes; 401Ks; Billions in tax-payer $ – Hillary says just trust ‘Dodd Frank Act’ to police Big Banks, that next time there will be penalties … Really?)

    TPP “FREE-TRADE”………………….. VOTED FOR IT
    (More lost U.S jobs to cheaper overseas labor; gives Big Corporations control over government health and safety regulations)

    FRACKING/OFF-SHORE OIL ……. VOTED FOR IT
    (Relaxed regulations save Big Oil $, likely resulting in more BP Gulf of Mexico oil spills; Fracking also results in minor earthquakes, property damage, water fouled by toxic chemical additives)

    UNIONS …………………………………… AGAINST IT
    (While on Walmart Board of Directors, Hillary did not support her employees’ efforts to unionize for livable wages, including equal pay for women)

    BANKRUPTCY REFORM ACT………VOTED FOR IT
    (Changed her previous opposition to now make it harder to fix & get good credit; Big Banks rake in record profits by forcing customers to pay high credit card penalty fees & interest rates)

    IRAQ WAR ……………………………….. VOTED FOR IT
    (Cost tax-payers over 1.7 trillion $, destabilized the Middle East, leading to ISIS today; about 700,000 Arabs dead; 4,500 U.S. soldiers dead; countless more maimed physically and psychologically; Big Corporations like Halliburton made Billions of $ off of Iraq War of aggression that was based on lies)

    REGIME CHANGE ……………………. SUPPORTS IT
    (As if Iraq wasn’t enough, Secretary of State Hillary backed overthrows in Honduras, Libya, Yemen, Egypt, & now Syria, furthering mass chaos in Middle East)

    U.S.-PANAMA TPA ……………………..VOTED FOR IT
    (Bi-partisan “Free-Trade” agreement expanded tax-loophole havens where $ can be hidden so Big Corporations can avoid paying taxes; also resulted in more out-sourcing of American jobs)

    GMO INDUSTRY ……………………… SUPPORTS IT
    (Supports Genetically Modified Organism companies like Monsanto pushing out family farmers, with Big Corporations taking control of our food supply; non-labeling of GMOs in stores)

    MTBE BAN BILL …………………………VOTED AGAINST IT
    (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether is a chemical used by Big Oil & Gas; and is toxic to the environment & local water supplies and causes cancer)

    1960 CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT .. AGAINST IT
    (Hillary was a “Goldwater Girl” working for the ’64 Goldwater campaign; which was anti: new-deal; welfare; unions; gay rights; abortion; and pro: mass-deportation – Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Act of ’64)

    google it/ yahoo it/ wikipedia it/ youtube it… these are facts easily found on the internet.

    Bernie Sanders WAS/IS on the Opposite Side of these Issues.
    PLEASE VOTE BERNIE SANDERS 4 PRESIDENT!

    copy/ paste/ share … Pass the Truth …

  3. Brandon on said:

    Bernie sanders is not a democrat if he wants democrats to change there vote maybe he should change his party

  4. Milowe McDuffey on said:

    The Democratic Party’s ‘super-delegate’ system is a sad joke on democracy. It reminds me very much of the ‘electoral college’. It is only in such systems that once can win the popular vote and lose an election as D-Gore did in the 2000 presidential election (and sadly as Bernie may do in the 2016 D primary). #onemanonevote

  5. Linda Rosales on said:

    Senator Bennett, you must stand strong. Do your job as a leader in the Democratic Party. Vote for HRC! A vote for BS is a vote for the Republican nominee in the General Election. BS is a self proclaimed socialist and will NEVER win in November.

  6. C. Steeples on said:

    While I applaud the Bernie caucus participants for the win and their fervor, caucuses are not easily accessed- I see them as less than democratic. Some who wanted to participate could not get off work, or find childcare, or deal with the environments if disabled. There are 934,818 registered Democrats, yet only 123,508 participated- that’s 13%. Bernie’s share is less than 8%, at 72,846. And that also leaves out 1,016,175 Independents.

    So- I applaud Bernie’s win of pledged delegates, but leave the superdelegates alone as they represent the rest of us. (I am disabled.)

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