Congress, Bernie Sanders, Democrats discussed on Hear the Bern

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I remember thinking what's it gonna be like to work for a self described democratic socialist in congress is going to be, you know. How is he going to be able to work with the Democrats? And is it going to be, you know, super isolating? And and I will say it was it, you know, I kind of got over my fears and went to work for him. It was one of the best experiences of my whole life because working in the congress for an independent like Bernie is a completely unique experience in that. You're you get to see the congress, and how it works from somebody who is something of an outsider as opposed to a just standard party guy. The whole offices attitude was different. I mean, we worked when I was there we worked with very conservative members of congress. We work with very progressive. Members of congress Bernie was seen as somebody who worked well with other members of congress, but also was seen as somebody who could forge these left right coalitions. There were a bunch. of articles in his twenty sixteen campaign that were written about how he became what was called the the amendment king of the house, which was where he would do these coalitions where he would have very conservative Republicans and very progressive Democrats coming together on a transpartisan issue in in a in a way that there was there was really no party. So for example, the bus trips to Canada, I was on. I think it was the first said he was the first bus trip that a member of congress did to Canada with with constituents to go purchase lower priced prescription drugs. And that was an issue in which we had very conservative Republicans who are super free trade people with us working with us on that drug importation issue with very progressive members of congress that was a good example of that some people have caught onto the fact that he's talking more about his personal story. And I think that's a really important thing to do. In that. I think it's important for the public to know that he's not a machine it's not a robot that what he is. For comes out of a lived experience like me, David Rohde worked as a journalist before joining the campaign, but not everyone has been super excited about. So I wanted to pick his brain about that transition and how he's handled the media response moving out of journalism to come back to work for Bernie Sanders. Twenty years after I had worked for him was a difficult decision for me because I knew that I was leaving behind a set of skills that I had worked really hard to try to become good at which is investigative journalism. And I think the reason I decided ultimately to do it was that I think that the country in the world is in a place right now facing crises right now that the most. Direct action possible to solve those crises is absolutely positively necessary. In an immediate sense because of things like climate change and the economic crisis and that given the opportunity to work in a very direct way on those things was worth the sacrifice of leaving journalism to be clear. Not to say the journalism isn't addressing those crises. But for me personally, this was an even more direct way to do it. And I did it. And I, you know, some people criticize me for that. I I knew that was just a few people criticize me for that. But you know, what I don't have any regrets. I mean, do I miss journalism every now and again? Yes, do I like him criticized all the time because I went back toward for Bernie Sanders. No, I don't I don't like that. But you know, what I have young kids who are relying on us to actually solve the problems that threaten their future..

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