Press Release: Draft Bernie for a People’s Party’ Seeks to Recruit Sanders to Start a New Political Party, Not to Run for President in 2020

For Immediate Release

June 16, 2017

Contact:

Carol Ehrle | carol@draftbernie.org |

‘Draft Bernie for a People’s Party’ Seeks to Recruit Sanders to Start a New Political Party, Not to Run for President in 2020

Following our high-profile presence at The People’s Summit in Chicago last weekend, there has been great media interest in our movement, and with it, some confusion about our mission. We seek to draft Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to launch a new progressive political party. We are commonly referred to as ‘Draft Bernie’ for short and are not advocating for or against Sanders running for president in 2020.

For all of the reasons cited in our briefing sent to Sanders, the Democratic Party is structurally incapable of becoming a people’s party. The only way to defeat Donald Trump and the Republican agenda is to start a new party for the progressive majority.

Polls show that most Americans want a major new party. Starting one is something that Sanders is uniquely positioned to do. During his presidential primary campaign, Sanders built a national volunteer and donor infrastructure of millions of people. He also popularized progressive policies and created a progressive electoral coalition. Rather than dissolve his campaign infrastructure, Draft Bernie believes that Sanders should turn it into a permanent people’s party.