Sen. Bernie Sanders told Washington state delegates that the country is now facing bigger issues than him losing the Democratic presidential nomination. “We have an enormous amount of work to do, and that means keeping our eyes focused on the real issues,” he said at the state’s early morning breakfast on Wednesday, July 27.
Some Washington State delegates supporting Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention still can’t find enough to get excited about Hillary Clinton. But they’ve found one issue around which they can unite. The Democratic nominee, they feel, trumps Donald Trump when it comes to support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
Richard May of Bellingham was one of about 100 delegates to the Democratic National Convention pledged to Sen. Bernie Sanders who walked out of the hall July 26, 2016, in protest of Hillary Clinton’s nomination for president. Other Whatcom County delegates did not participate in the walkout.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he is proud of what has come out of the DNC so far – including both the Washington state Democratic Party platform and the national party platform draft. In particular, he is most proud of the progressive stance the party has taken on minimum wage laws, gun legislation, climate change and health care.
From climate change to tribal rights to student loan debt, many of the issues championed by county Democrats and offered up to state and national leaders appear to be reflected in proposed language to be debated in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention, which starts Monday, July 25.