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Why Bernie Sanders is the current favorite for the Democratic nomination
"Robert I have in front of me the new Los Angeles Times poll I just want to share with you Bernie Sanders is open to wide leading California democratic presidential primary the survey by the nonpartisan public policy institute found Sanders with thirty two percent of likely voters followed by Joe bite at fourteen percent Elizabeth ward at thirteen percent two former mayor is a New York Michael Bloomberg and south bend's Pete but a judge at twelve percent there are four hundred and fifteen delegates at stake on super Tuesday but you got to get fifteen percent of the vote to get any of them these numbers suggest that Bernie's gonna get all four hundred and fifteen if that actually hello out there that actually happened Robert what would the impact of that if that happens Sanders on a path to be the nominee and this is what the Democratic Party of eighteen right out senator Bernie Sanders learned a lot of lessons twenty you know I covered that campaign closely I've spent a lot of time with him this time around this is a national political figure leading a movement thrown over ten thousand people to agree to a campaign a populist in a populist time it's very real this noon rule that the Democrats adopted of requiring fifteen percent to get a delegate it hasn't really shown up yet because there were a few people over fifteen percent in Iowa New Hampshire it's going to make itself known in South Carolina is going to really make itself known in the super Tuesday contests but I think if if he got all four and fifteen in California it's over game set match a little jealous yeah in twenty he was put in a normal amount after it with this hi it is was it a pretty good position to win California twenty sixteen but his campaign fell apart just at the end you may remember the Associated Press called the race for secretary Clinton a day before the California primary delegates moving across curated Sanders ever since then Jeff weaver his top rated right about that get a book about how angry losing California gave them and so we talked to his campaign super Tuesday map fourteen states California top of the list but you also see was Sanders is well positioned cross which used a state in the US president Biden is one factor liner you can have a lot of moderate still a more moderate candidate in the race competing against each other and super Tuesday that really create the way for standard scoop up the liberal side of the Democratic Party particularly if senator Warren struggles and as you get into the but we talked about this before but open primaries in South Carolina coming up on Tuesday next open primary in California the open primaries allow anyone to vote in the democratic presidential race in California I believe there are a lot of people like me who want to see a Sanders trump race for the clarity that would bring I think he's going to get an add on that is not showing up in polling because they're talking will too likely democratic voters but when but right now we're talking to thousands of people in San Francisco on eight sixteen AM the answer people up the long drive it's four thirty in the morning they got their their cars seven minutes ago that's when people start to drive in the Silicon Valley or San Francisco from the outlying regions and their hearing on conservative talk I think again and again and again Bernie Sanders is the preferred candidate for clarity on the ballot have you had any discussions with people yet about crossovers all right if you're gonna be crossovers and part of it the Republican effort part of it I have twin daughters who are you Steve senator Sanders as a change candidate and you saw the twenty sixteen were voter who stayed home in twenty sixteen in the general election because if you really love secretary Clinton they're more of a populist left is voter maybe a union worker thank you for all images it is on the ticket they're not going to come out and he gave the crossover Republican side because if some of its courses scheme to try to just rattle the Democratic Party make them as a reporter our voters who have flown in standard yeah you're good with a lot survivor and I believe it's because they believe in authenticity and they want to knock down showdown and they want the clarity that it
Iowa caucuses early results: Buttigieg and Sanders are leading
"Breaking News As we await Joe Biden was first remark since we received early results from Iowa Senator Bernie Sanders campaign says. It's optimistic. That rival Buddha judge will not be declared the winner of the state a senior sanders campaign official telling. CNN quote will be in first. When it's all counted the campaign also touting sanders lead in the raw vote total out front now democratic no credit congresswoman Pramilla Paul? She's endorsed Bernie Sanders for president. And I appreciate your time as always so right now. The numbers we have sixty two percent in so obviously thirty eight percents still to go. Sanders is in second at twenty five point one percent of the vote. Will you accept the results if the margin remains this tight but a judge right now only at Twenty six point nine when that is incredibly tight. Will you accept those results. If that's how tight is with Buddha judges winner well I think all I know is what I saw in Iowa uh-huh and what I see in the numbers which is that Bernie Sanders is incredibly popular. He is winning the raw vote. I saw across Iowa Barnstorm Iowa Iowa was in some parts of Rural Iowa. You know in a in a little rural town and there's a hundred people down in a dark basement grady to go campaign for him the enthusiasm from from young voters from folks of color. People who traditionally have not participated in democracy. I think was was really encouraging. So I remain confident Bernie. Sanders will pull it out in the end. And I just think it's a real shame that we are still waiting because obviously the momentum from Iowa on matters to New Hampshire and on this issue of how well sanders is doing in the popular vote. Obviously up their delegates is what determines the winner of the state but he is up on popular. Vote Right now. I want to look at the map again though congresswoman just to get your reaction to this when you see the county's Buddha judges winning you can see now in that that kind of Pale Green gene which dominates the state of Iowa. Then let's just look at the one. Sanders is winning in blue. And obviously you got a lot of people in those but when you look at breadth across the estate Buddha judge so far is is dominating I mean there's there's no other way to put it when you look at those colors. Well I think one of the things we have to remember and I love Iowa but Iowa Iowa doesn't necessarily represent everywhere else in the country. We have an enormous number of base voters. Young voters folks of color. Who I think this is the turning point for the Democratic Party? We have to decide if we are going to engage in inspire those people so that we can bring them into the system and make the kinds of structural reforms that Bernie Sanders is pushing and an. I think that it is very important that we don't forget that. At the end of the day the Democratic Party base is is critically important we cannot take them for granted we have to expand the electorate. If we are going to make this country work for people again Erin so I wanna ask you. I know obviously. So you're hoping he comes out on top and you're very measured person But the presence team has been trying to push narrative. The caucuses rigged right. Eric Trump tweeted mark. My words their rigging this thing what a mess and Senator Sanders himself has used that word many times rigged in reference to the two thousand sixteen primary being rigged against him just just the other day his senior adviser Jeff. Weaver was complaining about a rules. Change the change that allows Bloomberg to be on the Democratic debate stage in Nevada and weaver said in part quote. That's the definition of a rigged system. Do you agree or do you think that that word is being thrown around way too much. The Sanders campaign should back off it as well because it's hurting faith in the system. Well I think the economy is rigged. I have thought that for a long time when you have three people in the country. Aaron who have the same combined wealth as one hundred in sixteen million Americans that's rigged economy now I think the DNC and I said this publicly the DNC changed the rules in this situation but how come the the DNC didn't change the rules in order to get cory booker or Houlihan Castro to be up on the stage so that we would have a diversity of presidential candidates and I think that these are the kinds of decisions that matter. Do you think that was really based on race that they rigged that on race. Is that what you're implying not. I'm just saying that if if rules are changed were for a billionaire than I don't know why they can't be changed to ensure that we have diversity that represents the breath and depth of the Democratic Party. I don't know they elite because they went off of polls which which of course Tom Perez was very open about right but he went off polls so we didn't look at the color of someone skinny looked at how they were doing in the polls. Do you not buy that argument argument. Well I just think look Tom. Perez is a good friend. I think he's done a great job and many levels. But I think that these are the kinds of things that reinforced enforce distrust of the democratic. Party we are trying to do everything. We can to unify the Democratic Party but when there are things like this that happened when there are big mistakes like using an APP in Iowa that apparently was never tested for for the kind of turnout that we were expecting tame and then you have a mess. That doesn't provide us with a winner sixties before the next primary election and these states understand I come from Washington state. We're not until until the middle of March but these dates determine so much about the future of the election and so I just think we have to be incredibly careful about making sure where we are really doing everything possible to show that we appreciate our base that we appreciate the diversity and that we are committed to making sure everyone is a part of our democracy Kung giant. I appreciate your time tonight. Thank you very
"jeff weaver" Discussed on Hear the Bern
"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..
"jeff weaver" Discussed on Hear the Bern
"What I wondered how David gleaned both is professional capacity and in his personal relationship with the Senator over the last couple of decades. Our toll people that Bernie is not like. Ron burgundy from anchorman. I mean, you know, that scene in one of my favorite movies where they say don't put it that on the on the teleprompter because he'll read anything off the teleprompter. Like that is not Bernie Sanders. That is not our speechwriting process. Bernie, still writes, his speeches. I mean, I in some ways the title speechwriter is a little bit of a misnomer in that. It's like speech supporter like speech helper. What I try to do is. We have a set of speeches on this. Or that issue? I try to get him the information that he needs that he's going to put into his own voice. I try to get it into his voice. But he's got a very unique voice. He knows exactly how he wants to say things. So I'm there to help get the research and the material that he needs to to put into his voice. And the thing is that his speech is if you listen to them, they are very fact driven mean, it's not it's not. A lot of rhetorical flourish. It's this is almost it's not not exactly a research paper. But like here are literal facts that that I'm telling you about the country, and in a sense. It's actually what we call in journalism. It's showing not talent. And I think that that's what he's really focused on. It's been successful for him a little bit about when you first met. Senator Sanders way relationship started shirt, it was the year nineteen ninety nine. So I was basically just out of college. I worked on a couple of campaigns. And I had sent a resume a bunch of resumes around the Capitol Hill and back, then they wouldn't tell you who you were applying to they would do these ads in in like roll call and the hill, and they say, they would describe a congress person, they would say, you know, northeastern democrat or western Republican or whatever. And and I remember I saw semi resume all over Capitol Hill to a bunch of different offices. And I get a call from Jeff Weaver, and he says I'm calling from congressman Bernie Sanders office. And I was remember thinking in my mind, wait a minute. I don't remember thinking that I had a I I don't not sure who that is like an and and then I looked up and he was the independent self described democratic socialist from Vermont, and I said, wait a minute. I thought I had only applied to democratic offices. And then I looked back at the ad, and he had it was described as a I think it was a progressive northeastern member wasn't a democratic northeastern member. So I go in I meet with Jeff Weaver to be honest after I met with Bernie, and it was a great meeting the night before I I they offered me the job and the night before I took the job..
"jeff weaver" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"He wants to make sure that Trump has beaten at twenty twenty. And he wants to be very confident that if he runs these wearing because he's the person who's best able to do that now I think he is, but I'm not the candidate and if he decides he is, I think the chance of running much higher. I think if he what about age Jeff, I mean, you know, I know he's an energetic guy. Anybody watches them on. TV can see that, but there are certain immutable laws early, not David. So you're, you're willing to test that. But I mean, I've been with the candidate in in in in been several candidates in presidential races. I know what they exact- I know what the presidency exacts. How much of a consideration is your look? You know, chronological age is one thing. You know, his biological age has to be has to, you know, his body has to just be younger. I mean, the guy puts you know, he puts Twenty-three-year-old media people, you know to shame try to follow him around. I mean, the hardest working person. I know he doesn't stop. This isn't a concern for you? Not not for me in terms of his ability to do it. Absolutely not. No. If I, if I thought he was going to look, the guy has had the guy. The guys had an electoral career guys, United States Senator. He was close runner for president got forty, three percent of having Leicester's Greer's. You've been around a while. Right? He has been around for a while. So like there's if he decides run for president, you know, the guys galvanized the whole generation of young people to get involved in politics. He's changed the debate in this country. I mean, so like he has nothing to prove to me, you know, I think you'd be a great president. I think he could institutionalize a lot of the policies that he has been advocating that have caught fire around the country. Last time he ran as you point out it was, hey, he and Hillary basically alone this time. As we point out, there's going to be a large field. Some of them are right in his lane. Elizabeth Warren who's already announced that she's going to seriously consider it, which I would take as a kind of very. Signal and everything she's doing suggests that that she's going to run. They do share a base on the surpassed. Bula laughed. She has the additional of quality of of being a woman, which I think especially in this day and age is is, is is a valuable asset will be in the primaries are in two thousand and twenty. I saw poll that was just done recently in Iowa of caucus-goers and it had Biden ahead substantially and then warn was second Sanders narrowly behind. Essentially they were splitting. What would I think have been the Sanders vote? So can they both run in the same race and be successful well, and you're, you're right. There was a BuzzFeed star recently about this sort of relationship of. You know, Warren versus Sanders and I think you're right to say that it's his lane. I mean he ran last time when she did not. You know, I think there is some resentment among some of his people that she did. She supported Hillary Clinton and not him, but I do look. I do think at a crowded field. There's room for both of them. I've seen the rich. I thought she was neutral. None of she ended up supporting Hillary and so there you know and I've seen other research and what you have to understand about Iowa. You know how Bernie Sanders, I think probably won the popular vote nihil, but because you know, they don't report the popular vote..
"jeff weaver" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"Oppose. It was twelve percent of African-American boaters millennials in a non African American community? Democratic. Primaries it was eighteen percent. And so that you know made us look like we're doing even worse with African American voters, but it was primarily had a lot to do with the age of the electric, not the race of the electorate, but I will admit that it, you know, certainly in the south of the beginning he was crucial. It was, you know, this is important because you were talking before we started rolling about the fact that there are a lot of people aren't run for president who talk about it as if it's, you know, like the voice or something, you just kind of reform and then everybody votes. It's a process. Yes. And it begins an Iowa and you have to and New Hampshire. You know, you've got Nevada, and then South Carolina, where the vote is majority African American vote in the primary and the question is, and even now with the California primary has been moved back. So early voting will be in on the day of the Iowa caucuses. You have to figure out how you're going to navigate this because if you don't. You know, there's not going to be a binary choice in two thousand and twenty th this is like, you know the, they're going to be the multiple. Yes, it's going to be. I mean, it's easier to list the number of Democrats who aren't thinking of running for president than those who are. So only a few are gonna come through that funnel that is New Hampshire, and and if you do survive, it then becomes really important how you can compete with African American voters disproportionate impact on some of these primaries, South Carolina. Super Tuesday. Primaries these southern primaries. And the cost of how much do you think it will cost a candidate to just run the first four races run through the South Carolina primary into Super Tuesday this time. Well, as you point out, California will start voting when I was voting. So you have to be advertising even yet to be at the be a couple of weeks early, even there which was enormously. Let's fifty million if you wanted full flight of six weeks TV in California. What are you talking about? Fifty million dollars, right? Yes, I was probably sixteen fifteen sixteen million New Hampshire because of your. In media market is another is probably similar, you know, Nevada's cheaper, but I mean, it's probably six or seven, South Carolina could be three or four. I mean, so, and then you know, that's just for TV that that doesn't even spiel flying your candidate around on a plane and the fact that you know if a couple of days after South Carolina ho Slough, other states are voting right? You get Minnesota, Colorado, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Texas. And so if you have to advertise Mulvaney smells by by the time you get to Super Tuesday. I mean, just on television, you might have to spend a hundred fifty million dollars, which is unbelievable really does speak to right away a differentiator if candidates can do that Moore candidate could presumably because he has developed a base around the country. So I have to ask you the question as to where do you think his head is right now? Well, you know, I speak to him about it. Often, you know it, it, you know, one one question that sort of ways on him and I because he's a serious guys..
"jeff weaver" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"Yes, because it was unlike what people expect from politicians not to not to jump in on on an opportunity like that. Right. And he, you know, I mean, he doesn't people's personalities or their personal life since he just he's not interested in that kind of politics. He didn't. He, you know, he always wants to, you know, if he had won, he would have wanted to have one on the basis of the ideas that he was putting forward so that he would have in some way mandate to push those ideas through because it's not it's not personal for him. As he often tells me, look, you know where I come from, I wasn't somebody who was born groom to be president of the United States. I don't have to be president of the United States and that's up. That's absolutely true. He's not somebody who's you know, was groomed from child to be the next leader of the free world. That's not who he is in net net pack in Brooklyn. They weren't there. Nobody training school in Brooklyn that insa- that guy looks like he could be president United States -actly, hey. You yourself had some pretty. You're a fierce advocate for your guy, and you had some really big rose particularly about the process itself and what you felt was the stacking of the process against him, and I assume you to this day, you feel that way. I think you've written on it and you know, I absolute. It was well, we know Donna Brazile exposed that in the summer of twenty fifteen. You know, there's a document between w Osman shows on the Clinton campaign, essentially giving them control over staffing and messaging. And that was certainly not something that was revealed during the campaign, but there were enough other things. It's clear that the Clinton campaign dictated the debate schedule including wear and win and how many there would be that was dictated by them. And you know, I mean, Tom Perez I think is in a much different position. I think he will be a regardless of who's the candidate will be a much, you know, honest bro, honest broker. I mean, that'd be Wasserman Schultz, you know you, you remember the point in which she showed off our data because. Couple of low level staffers, you know, took advantage of a breach in the firewall. I mean, you know the the charge was that you guys had stolen date of chores campaign, which the subsequent investigation demonstrated which we paid for showed by a contractor picked by the DNC. There was no data stone was modeling data. You would have had to memorize, you know, ten thousand personal lists and the course of thirty or forty seconds in order to have had data you should answer. I didn't ask you when you brought it up before, do you think he would have beaten, you think Bernie Sanders would have beaten Donald? Absolutely. I do think he would have beaten Trump and because he would not, you know, if you look at, you know, you look at Michigan, Hillary Clinton loss Michigan. The primary, she lost John election in exactly the same way. You know there was depressed turnout into Troy and Wayne County, and then overwhelming turnout against her everywhere else. Small towns, rural areas, suburbs, and he was. Was it was an identity. You know, Bernie Sanders would not have lost Michigan, not have lost, Wisconsin. I hear you and, and I don't know the answer the question really, but she kinda cleaned his clock among African American voters in the primary. So why do you think they'd be more well. Well, that's not. So that's the narrative right in early in the campaign that was true. By the time we get to Michigan, he's going toe-to-toe with her with African American voters under forty. By the time we get to Pennsylvania when the campaign in fact is tanking. Basically our campaign after New York started steady decline. He was doing better than she was with African Americans under forty. We only lost the African American vote in Pennsylvania by ten points. I think we lost the overall state by more. So we're doing better with black folks, American voters under forty or not a majority of African American votes. No, that's right. But you know, this was an issue throughout the campaign David. If you look at voters over. Yeah, six any race? It doesn't. It was. That was not, you know, what is true? Is that according to the exit polls, the percentage of African American voters who are millennials, much smaller than other communities of in the x..
"jeff weaver" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"Want. And obviously the Clinton people say, well, he would have adult these attacks against him that already had these attacks against her, but they had landed on her and she was carrying baggage, and it really hurt her with independent voters in general election as you know, that's that's. That's a big, you know, what are you going to tell independent voters who have fixed notion of you from decades that's going to change their mind? Right. When you start with high negatives with independent voters? I, it's, it's a real challenge. There are, you know, everybody has their view in hindsight, there people who are close to her who say you guys cost her the general because the primary was so vital bre tive so difficult so lane, th-they so costly. I know you guys were helpful to her in the general as you point out, you work with them in the general, but what do you say to that? Yeah, I think that that is just one hundred percent wrong frankly. I mean, if you look at, if you look at. The tone and tenor of that twenty sixteen race compared to two thousand eight. It was a much tamer exchange than in two thousand eight frankly. And you know, I always look back to actually believe in long primary had actually benefits. Democrats media only likes to cover conflict and soon as the conflict resume coverage in two thousand eight. We absolutely mean we wanted to end early, right? Nobody really wants to go through a long primary. I came to believe that people wanted to see Obama run the full course right because he was a young guy and not would not a lot of Washington experience, so they were testing him, but it also is true that from an organizational standpoint, having a run races and fifty states, yes, created, you know, mow it forward momentum in those states and organization. So in that was good and in the race dominated, you know, McCain, John McCain was the candidate in two thousand. After the problem couldn't break into the story because everyone is focused on the democratic race. Well, and you look at two thousand four when Edwards leaves the race in April, like the cover media coverage of Kerry just goes away until the convention. And then the next always being swift boated in August. Meanwhile, the Republican ministration was on, I was on the hill, then they would try out a cabinet secretary or high level governor official literally on the hour and dominate the news for the entire Carey could not break through, but that was because the primaries over the quote, unquote conflict was gone in the media went away. I guess the essence of the the, the suggestion they're making some of the themes that you guys developed against her in the primaries became themes that Trump picked up on an infect Trump loved to quote, Bernie Sanders against her mischievous I guess that's benign way of saying. Has that is that is, but so there is that you guys opened up some wounds that were that were hard to to heal. I'm not sure that those wounds weren't there before the campaign started. I mean, as I pointed out, you know, independent voters difficulty with Hillary Clinton before the campaign was even engaged, and it was largely on the issue of trustworthiness. That was something they came to the election. That was something that was created by our campaign, and frankly they have I, you know, I there moments when you talk to when bef- you had many debates. Some were pretty there was some pretty sharp exchange. New York was probably the stress I, I remember it well, we were on the. We were on the ropes we had to do well in New York. And what kind of conversations did you have about how far he was willing to go? Yeah, he was, you know, so friends too. You know, he did not go after the foundation, right. That would been clearly something that somebody could have gone after he didn't wanna go there. You member? He famously said at the November at the Las Vegas, I hire the damn emails point being it's dominating the conversation. Let's talk about. He wanted to talk about single payer healthcare. He wanted to talk about the fifteen minimum wage climate change. You wanted to talk about these issues and probably though was a very big moment for him when he said that wasn't it?.
"jeff weaver" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"I'm outta remember very distinctly, he and I went to strawberry festival Saint enshrine in the in the islands and in the in lake Champlain, and we went to the cafeteria, various running for governor. I think very early on and we were in a cap cafeteria, and they're bunch of French-Canadian ladies over Montrose, but French Canadian heritage. Look like my grandmother behind the counter. You know, we're like the jello and the, you know, the metal bars. You run your tray down and they were literally David crawling. Through the food to get to Bernie Sanders. And this is very early on. And so he has always had this connection with rural people that I think people don't understand you saw in the primaries, you know, and I've talked to, you know, I'm actually have great relations with a lot of the senior, Hillary people now haven't worked with them in the general election and they didn't get it either until later in the campaign that in fact, Bernie Sanders was going to do well with rural Democrats with quote, unquote, moderate Democrats. He did much better with those voters than Hillary Clinton, right when you and you know, they were point trying to drive those voters out to counter him. In fact, they were helping him, you know. So let's dive in for a second into that appeal. I mean, there's a lot been made of sort of the the fact that Trump energize these rural voters that Sanders energize, these rural voters that there were some populist themes in common on trade. For example, how much of it, how much of what evolved in that campaign was about him and how much was it about about Hillary who for all her strength was and was true in two thousand eight as well. Really kind of a avatar of of the status quo very well established Washington figure who is associated with, you know the the establishment Washington in in every conceivable way. Right. Right. Look, you know, elections binary so it particularly have two person race. It's a choice. Apologies to governor O'Malley right? Became binary very quick very quickly. I mean, just like in two thousand eight mean John Edwards was did not play the role in that race that he played in two thousand four were you know where he was one of the top two. People we had. You know, the that field was, you know, people forget it was Joe Joe Biden, and Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson, and there were other serious people in that race that field you you, you had it was advantageous to be in a binary race? Yes. No, that's exactly right. But you know, and Brock Obama was certainly outside outside candidate in that primary, there's no doubt about that. But like I do think that there is a lot of discontent in the country, a lot of anxiety in the country. I think it's it's largely economic manifests itself in other ways. And I think that the Clinton people didn't get that in twenty sixteen, you know, I think a lot of the policy people she had around her were very much more conservative, not not mean Republican, but I mean conservative cautious an incremental in there. Yeah. I think that they had suddenly Bernie caught on and they really tried to catch up right mean her. She was not for fifteen dollars minimum wage and to get to New York. And she was for, you know, there was like evolution in her policy prescription. They kept getting more and more left to try to. Catch that was problematical as well because one of inauthentic city was one of the charges exact can. So if you try and change in order to catch up, you're also opening yourself up to even more questions about ROY you actually feel strongly about now. That's right. I look, you know, the polling was like the very beginning of the race. Appalling was at least that I saw was pretty clear that Hillary Clinton was very popular with self identified. Democrats. I mean, are popular is very high. You know, Bama was slightly higher, but you know, he's beloved by a Democrats, but she had a real problem. This is before any engagement with Bernie a problem with younger voters, and she had problem with independent voters on his, you know, in most places in this country, independent voters can participate in the democratic primary process and her favorables when you got to a democratically leaning independent, they weren't like off a cliff, and there was a lot of there's been a lot of like while you talk about what Bernie one or not..
"jeff weaver" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"Of baseball cards and autographs, like Jackie Robinson, right? I mean, just and I made the mistake of not securing them before I went to college and my mother wanted reclaim my room and just threw it out thinking this. This is this is not an uncommon story as you know, David. Yeah, I know. But it's one that sticks Mike Kreil tell you that, but how. Much would like a the first addition of Spiderman yield today. So the first appearance of Spiderman sort of on the, you know that in that hobby, it's very grade driven, right? The nicer the book is the more brings, but you know. So the range on that book would be anywhere from fifteen thousand to two million dollars depending on the condition. You're probably let me say. The reason I want to have this discussion is even though she's she's slipped her earthly bonds. I still have this notion that my mom knows what I'm doing right. And if she's listening to this podcast, mom, do you hear that? Do you hear what you threw out? But anyway, so tell me it wasn't where there wasn't worth that. Then I loved it, though. Man, I you, we used to. I was veracious reader of comic books. I remember there was a blackout in New York in nineteen sixty six and so school. You know, every there was going to be no school. The next and a friend of mine mine and I went. Into the staircase of my. I lived in a housing project housing development in New York, and we just took a flashlights Nasreddin comic books for hours. I mean I- Yala changing. Them I was of racist comic book reader is a good to that was burning by the way you should know is there I tells you stories about he and his brother would and friends of theirs trade comic books. You know, he was living obviously in in Brooklyn, but you know, I was in Vermont, a small place, and it was really a way with them usually escape right now before twenty five TV and the, you know, people don't remember the days of the, you know, the staticky late night television, the flame the planes flying, the national anthem and like there was three TV stations, just a different like now there's so much entertainment on your phone or on the big screen or whatever. But there were, you know, comic books for quite a few generations for major form of escapism ended you have. Did you favor? Did you? I mean, I was kind of like a marvel Anna DC. Yeah, I was. I was I was too, so I. So I, I decided to after spending couple years of the Senate staff that I was just done with politics. So why Chris? You get tired of it after all. It's tough, right? You know, I ran the Senate campaign. I, I went was in Vermont live for six months. I went Monday through Friday. Vermont had little kids back in DC. Yeah, right in northern Virginia. Yes. So I just wanted to do something else and thought I would do that and my daughter runs the store now. So family business, it's been successful. I don't know that it's a business that like impasse onto them. Ultimately the the interest will still be there in the in the world for comic profit making venture. Absolutely, yes. Yep. Yep. I seven employee's. And is that. I know that you have this side gig which is looking after the Sanders, my primary gig, the comic book businesses. Just because you think Bernie may decide the side gig now, but I, you know, I was happily there until I got the call and you know twenty fifteen. Yeah. Let's talk about that. You know, I, I remember when he decided that he was gonna run. Now, a lot of people took that very seriously. I remember from my own time in the Senate, I remember going to the Senate caucus, he always was sitting by himself. You know, Bernie Sanders was a solitary figure and he had issues that he raised that others weren't raising and so on..
"jeff weaver" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"He would never have touched guns with a ten foot pole burning Eighty-eight. We ran for congress and lost by three points, and he was the again, running as an independent, the both democrat and Republican, both pledged that they would not ban assault weapons, and he was, he said, no, I will. I will ban weapons ninety eight. And so you know there's in, you know, of course, presidential campaign is a lot of nuance gets lost as you well know as people try to paint you with broad brushstrokes. But the truth matter is, is that in Vermont, certainly Bernie was way out front in terms of the assault, weapons ban head of everybody. I mean, there are other issues I'm not. I'm not really making another. That he, you know, you are elected to represent your state and plainly the fact that the state there was a large world population, lots of hunters and so on, right? He clearly talked to folks about that that inform some he, he hadn't. He, he had a nuance position on the issue. The the thing is that in the times in which we live, it's hard to have a nuance position on that on that issue. I mean after propo- like where I grew up, you know many people's homes. You will go into the limit room. One of the major sort of pieces of furniture is the glass gun gunky gun virus six guns in it. There's the initiatives lying on the shelf below and no one thinks anything about it. Note anybody think that would be something that you would take us for some nefarious purposes just, yeah, one of the things you have. Yeah. I mean, you know, the thing that. The thing that's so difficult is how do we get the have, how do we have a reason discussion on this? You know Obama's had a debate when he was in the state Senate with a rural, a rural legislator, and he said, you know, I know. I think I've said this here before, but I know that. You know, you grew up with guns and your dad took you out at dawn hunting and his dad did the same. This, you know, big part of of your of your life and of your of what what is is typical in your communities? In my community, though I've got parents who wait by the window anxiously hoping that their kids don't get shot on the way home. And he said there has to be a way to to to to protect your traditions and our and the children in my area, and he's right about that. We ought to be able to have, but we can't. We can't because of well, frankly, because of the way the issue has been weaponized. And here you know, I'm sure people because it has people who if there are people listening on the right here, they would say, well, weaponized by a gun control advocates, but really the NRA is kind of an industry now. Yeah, absolutely. And they speak for an industry. I mean, they really, you know. They they, they have weaponized this issue on behalf of the gun industry shrouded in in in, you know, intimations about autocracy and the overweening government. And yeah, let me let's be clear. The NRA has become, you know, an adjunct Republican party. There's no. I mean, it is a wildly partisan organization. I mean, I remember when Bernie I got elected to the house of representatives. There were a lot of much many more rural Democrats, right? And the views on on gun legislation within the Democratic Party was was much more diverse in terms of positioning and it was much urban rural now it's completely a partisan issue, right? And Republicans, you know, use it to try to beat up Democrats. It's interesting to see how this if in how this issue evolves, it feels like that parkland shooting was a bit of a watershed. We'll see how certainly in suburban areas the issue has has changed, but so have suburban voter? Yes. So you you ultimately did go back to college at the university of Vermont, I did. Yes. Between campaigns Bernie, I work with burn eighty six where he was not successful in running for governor. I work with an eighty, ran for congress loss by three points and then a ninety..
"jeff weaver" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"One of the ways you cleansed yourself was to go back and work for socialist mayor Burlington right for governor yet running for governor at that time, right as as an independent against Madeleine Kunin who was in the middle of her first to your term when. Bernie announced and for the record. Lincoln was one of the few Democrats, Vermont in two thousand sixteen who supported Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, which was a small minority of people. Vermont is the only state during the during the primary process where once candidates swept all of the delegates. So that was certainly a minority position so, but back in eighty six. What was it that that drew you to to Bernie? Well, I, you know, I had been corrigo radicalized at undergraduate school and I came back home again to this sort of sleepy place, and I was looking for, you know, what am I gonna do now kicked out of college, right? I don't have a job and you know he was running and I call down to his office to see if I can help out and guiding. Phil from auntie came up who's been a friend of mine. Now for decades came up and then should have been my first warning David. By the time he left. My house. I was the county coordinator campaign with absolutely no political experience whatsoever seemed good at the time. But in hindsight, said about a warning Sam know about him at this cockatoo Sieber exactly Bernie at an event when he came, I staffed a minute event. He came up to in in Franklin county, and you know, we, I guess we hit it off and he called me up and said, can you come down to work and Burlington a couple of days a week, and it's been, I don't know how many years is that now thirty years since then how which, which is the greatest thing in in politics. When you have these long term, relationships were of trust where you you really know how someone thinks. Absolutely. What. What was it then? What? What do you recall about your initial interactions with? I mean, I I will tell you that the impression of him generally is that he believes deeply in what he believes in completely sincerely doesn't have a whole lot of time for kind of social niceties. He's got more important things on his mind. Right. And I try, I assume you, it's like that. Yeah, he wasn't. You don't some ways. You know, we were going around the state and he was, you know, he would meet with small groups of people, eight, ten people, you know, far cry from the thirty thousand get a person crowds. He had twenty sixteen, but you know some ways that there were some Larry's because at that point he was mayor Burlington, not that well known or that itself was a national story when race. Absolutely. Because he he was. He was clearly on the. Left Iran came out of nowhere. You know, not up machine, machine politician in Burlington, but outside the Burlington, Burlington, Vermont, Burlington, you'll look at as a small city, but in Vermont, Burlington's the big city, right? And so among rural people and small town, people Burlington's looked at what at that time was looked at as sort of like the big city. And so people know really what to make of him outside of Burlington. So yet a lot of work to do a truth matters. He ended up being very popular with rural people in particular, I think who appreciated his sincerity and understood that he was, you know, believe what he said. You know, let me ask you question about that because he did my very first acts files, two hundred seventy seven shows ago and who's counting David? Well, you know, I like to have a little meter on my desk, but and one of the things that talked about was was guns. And I asked him and I actually really appreciated his candor said, if you were representing Brooklyn where you grew up rather than for my, would your position be have been different on on guns because he had been sort of moderate on the issue. And he said, probably so, yeah, although gotta tell you in Vermont, you know, his position, Vermont, particularly in the eighties when he was running for trying to run for congress, you know, it was really very because they're very, extremely left's. You know, Howard Dean had an a plus rating from the NRA throughout his entire career..
"jeff weaver" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"I hate those selfies. We're walking from dinner last night and Union Station. He was getting. Oh, Bernie. Sanders can have a selfie selfie. When they don't want Selby's anymore. That's when the problem. Yeah. Well, did you tell me. All right. Jeff Weaver, welcome here and welcome to the institute of politics. It's good to see you again, you come from as probably as close to being in Canada's one Katom. Tell me about Saint Albans, Vermont. Yes. So SAM's Vermont. Well, change a lot since I was a kid, it's was a conservative democratic area had more cows than people. I went to high school with substantial number of people who spoke French at home as a first language and your your your folks. Were y'all original French Canadian? Absolutely. Absolutely. My mother's maiden name of champagne. Exactly. So that's good. And that's French Canadian. So, yeah, you know those days the border was, you know, we talk about open borders. These days when I grew up the border with Quebec was basically an open border. You could drive back and forth waving being waved through. So there was a lot of a lot more interaction across the board than the than than there is now, certainly, but and you, Dan ran a pet shop, but added a pet shop. He did a bunch of jobs, but he his final job in life is having a pet store in insane Alban's which he loved very much. Also, he worked for many years that a utility as a late night, the person who called when your power went out, he would dispatch the trucks for folks. So it was a nice place to grow up. I mean, was obviously homogeneous in some ways. There were two Catholic church Irish Catholic church on the hill and a French Catholic church below the diverse. It was diverse and Irish Catholics. You know the, the major minority was Methodist. And I read somewhere that years later when you were working with Bernie Sanders, he was in your town and feel fielding oppress collar something in your dad's pet shop while the cockatoos were holdings four, three Ming, and the, you know, those as there was no cell phone. So when you wanted to call somebody, you had to find a telephone. So we went to my father's a pet store and he had this giant very beautiful cockatoo and it was screaming in the background, the AP reporter in montpelier the capital was said, Bernie, where are you? Sounds like you're in the jungle somewhere. I also remember driving with Bernie from one town to another late for a live radio show, and we were desperately looking for a payphone as the host is on the air saying, I don't know where mayor Sanders is, where could he be?.
"jeff weaver" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"David Axelrod. Jeff Weaver, we grew up in tiny, Vermont town near the Canadian border, became a household name, at least in politics in two thousand and sixteen as a campaign manager for his old friend and client Bernie Sanders. He's written a book about that experience called how Bernie one inside the revolution that's taken back our country and where we go from here and where where he goes from here and where Bernie Sanders goes from here was one of the things we talked about when he came by the institute of politics last week and sat down with me. But they had can't Cambridge Analytica. They had. They did. They did. They did absolutely tens of millions of dollars in the background. Absolutely. But. They also got. Millie, you know, hundreds of millions of dollars of free television exposure he twice as much as she got. Yeah, she got twice in the primaries. It was overwhelming. I mean, part of it was they claimed if you talk to people at CNN or elsewhere, they'll say, you know, we offered the same opportunity to other people. They didn't take advantage of it. I don't believe that I could tell you stop Selena, true. I remember election nights, you know that when they were still a bunch of Republicans and Bernie and Hillary and you know, we everybody tried to stagger their election night speeches in order to seventy gets covered. Right? And they said, we just want you all to know that if Trump comes out, right, we're cutting truck. You know, this is the thing. I mean at some level. And he knows this and he cynically manipulates. Media, you know, the news business is a business. I mean, there is a trust associated with it and the people try and balance it. But anyway, we can talk about all this, Michelle wolf at the at the Washington correspondents' dinner. I was there the camera to me because at the end she says, I know you all say you hate Trump, but I think you really love him because he sells your newspapers and sells advertising on TV and the Roma silent except for me in the cameras to me and that she was absolutely right, totally, totally. In keeping with your your image and your and your style and your history. It was true. It was. She added that on. I mean, he was immediate creation and then they tried to kill him afterwards, you know? Yeah, yeah. Well. The truth is he's still paying off like a slot machine for them. Yeah. So you know you, you're in there. I mean, the political. I was talking to bunch of reporters before the election general show, and they're like, well, when I'm going to doing after, you know the political departments get winnow down after the general election, of course they're bigger than ever. Right? I mean, well, and as you say, they're going to start with, you know, the mid terms have taken on this disproportionately important disproportionate importance and then you're right into, you know, it never stops in never repetitive beleaguered voter. Yeah, right, exactly. Samuel in the driver seat today. I Sam. This Jeff Weaver. I will do an introduction later. Some just going to jump right in short and you're going to have to bear with me because some the show is partly by graphical impart contemporaneous and I read somewhere that you you don't like talking about yourself? I'm not. I'm not a Greg. I mean, I like I'm like Bernie in that way. Yes. Yeah. Go ahead. It's fine. I'll all with when he was here. Who for my first ever show he? He was pretty good. Actually. We talked about Brooklyn, the dodgers leaving. And yeah, no, no, that's fine. Yeah. Yeah, of course, absolute. My favorite was at the end of that show said to him, you two thousand kids waiting for you at the university and five hundred more in an overflow room. And I said, you are the most unlikely rockstar, then he said, just don't talk to me about those selfish..
"jeff weaver" Discussed on ESPN Pittsburgh
"Jeff weaver heard farm system youth a lot when it comes to the nba and also the national football league where you get instant scouting and you can see players anytime you want any gave you want any on any television station and television network randy edsel though has struck a nerve in terms of he has said when a lot of people believe now raise my hand about player about players being paid they do get a stipe and it can be anywhere from two thousand five thousand dollars but his point is that man we're paying all these codes assistance all this kind of money some assistant summak aphids gordon is getting one million dollars plus a year in college football and two thousand five thousand is the best you can do on the backs of players that's the point utterly rennie edsel the connecticut football coach was making i believe that the universities would not be paying coaches four five six seven eight million dollars a year freddie if they felt like they couldn't afford it the money is there the money's there and the only ones really not reaping the rewards are the players themselves and without the players would there be cowed sports of course not that's why it's is it's silly it's silly to resist the idea of giving these athletes more compensation i loved college i would've loved to have had my tuition paid for all four years to me that would have been awesome but most of these athletes the really high profile once they're not going to college necessarily to get that degree in finance they're going to move on play year or two and then.
"jeff weaver" Discussed on KARN 102.9
"Increased this year as china has drawn down its own aid still the big talk in washington former acting dnc chairwoman donna brazile alleging she found proof that the 2016 democratic primary was rigged in hillary clinton's favor she revealed an agreement that the committee had with the clintons favoring her as the candidate more from correspondent aero barnette the document was signed by the dnc and the clinton campaign oldest of 2015 early in the election cycle when potential candidates like vice president joe biden was still deciding whether to get in form of then he signed his campaign manager jeff weaver on what these tie of activities a jew is destroying the faith of people that we have a fair and democratic electoral process now the clinton campaign said the dnc was in debt and form a check of and a howlett deigned described the agreement as standard operating procedure more snow in the forecast out west four inches has already on the ground in bellingham washington it will spread red south to california and the rockies andrea petritsch is with washington state department of transportation working to make sure that the roads are as clear as off the ball by need drivers that participate and make sure that their slowing down for conditions some parts can see up to two feet of the white stuff security at tomorrow's new york city marathon will include extra officers heavy weapons bombsniffing dogs and rooftops snipers some runners have been expressing mixed feelings about marathoning so soon after the deadly truck attacker new york robert mercredi is a terror expert with john j college of criminal justice and says the accessible terrorist attacks fall into two categories one would be the easy targets the other is hard target the much larger new york city marathon is.
"jeff weaver" Discussed on KARN 102.9
"Cbs news i'm jim taylor president trump in hawaii cbs's jamie ukusa traveling with the president president trump laid a wreath at the uss arizona memorial at pearl harbor his visit to the shrine of america's lost service members coming after a meeting with the leaders of the us pacific command were they discussed the ongoing threat of north korea's nuclear program a topic on the president's mind as he left on his first official tour of asia forget about obviously north korea to help them a lot of air force one scheduled to be wheels up and heading for japan in a matter of hours harvey weinstein as another accuser and the nypd is investigate police say because it this seven year old case than weinstein is reportedly in arizona the nypd need the district attorney to issue a court order to arrest him today more than sixty women allege weinstein's either sexually harassed or assaulted then he's previously denied having nonconsensual sex with anyone as cbs's jill rica dunkin' this is kevin spacey's character on house of cards of all the things i hold in high regard rules are not one of them no fewer than eight people on that crew alleging spacey created a set finally hostile atmosphere on the set netflixing cutting all ties with that after a revelation by the once interim head of the democratic national committee donna brazile revealing an agreement between the dnc and the clinton campaign during the election cbs news correspondent errol burnett the document was signed by the dnc and the clinton campaign oldest of 2015 early in the election cycle went potential candidates like vice president joe biden was still deciding whether to get in form of then he signed his campaign manager jeff weaver and what these types of activities a julius destroy the faith of people that we have a fair and democratic electoral process now the clinton camp instead the dnc was in debt and form a check of an alaeddine described the agreement as standard operating procedure rosa marie hernandez.
"jeff weaver" Discussed on Talk Radio WPHT 1210
"I'm jim taylor president trump in a hawaii cbs's jamie ukusa traveling with the president president trump laid a wreath at the uss arizona memorial at pearl harbor his visit to the shrine of america's lost service members coming after a meeting with the leaders of the us pacific command were they discussed the ongoing threat of north korea's nuclear program a topic on the president's mind as he left on his first official tour of asia we'll be good about obviously north korea we'll be enlisting the help of a lot of people air force one scheduled to be wheels up and heading for japan in a matter of hours harvey weinstein as another accuser and the nypd is investigate police say because it's a seven year old case said wind dean is reportedly in arizona the nypd needs the district attorney to issue a court order to arrest him today more than sixty women allege weinstein either sexually harassed or assaulted then he's previously denied having nonconsensual sex with anyone as cbs's jill rica dunkin' this is kevin spacey's character on house of cards of all the things i hold in high regard rules are not one of them no fewer than eight people on that cruel alleging space he created a sexually hostile atmosphere on the set netflixing cutting all ties with that after a revelation by the once interim head of the democratic national committee donna brazile revealing an agreement between the dnc and the clinton campaign during the election cbs news correspondent errol burnett the duck you meant was signed by the dnc and the clinton campaign oldest of 2015 early in the election cycle went potential candidates like vice president joe biden was still deciding whether to get in form of bernie sanders campaign manager jeff weaver and what these types of activities a julius destroyed the faith of people that we have a fair and democratic electoral process now the clinton campaign said the dnc was in debt and form a check of and a holiday in described the agreement as standard operating procedure rosa marie hernandez home with her family tonight's she is.
"jeff weaver" Discussed on KKOB 770 AM
"Can he do to fix this he had nothing to do with it well mr limbaugh going forward he can with are everyone the dnc of not being run on the open up he can't do that that would tantamount admit that that that that the brazil's right while he talked to him within limbaugh he must eat must ensure to the democrat national committee in a future primary elected fair for each an why is it up to him the problem is gone hillary clinton's out of it she is the one that rigged everything wise enough to progress and i'll tell you why trump rasgas these people need a fall guy these people need some body walking the plank to exemplify or to create the image for tv that somebody is paying the price for this now here's jeff jeff weaver jeff weaver is a former campaign manager bernie campaign manager and he was on news room yesterday with rock baldwin and they're talking about brazil's book and the truth that she uncovered about hillary taking over the dnc question you gave your blood you gave your sweat you gave your cheers to the campaign and i'm frankly surprised german angrier about this wait a minute not hit sound yet what blood that this guy give i take these people literally on the mayor of real root what what what blood the jeff weaver give to the campaign did he cut himself on a pane of glass breaking into somebody's headquarters what happened anyway her question why are you not more rain angry about this you guys route cheated this nomination was stolen from you why are you not me at all i'm angry roof is not about that i'm angry but look ultimately at the end of the day you have to love the country more behavior the dnc engaged in was green just on undemocratic and it can't be allowed to happen again but look we cannot leave this country in the clutches of an administration that is not only incompetent but that is targeting a working families people color lgbt community women and other marginalised communities of color of the elites who do today still control much of the democratic party apparatus if you do not open up the party if you do not people in opposite if you do not up.