Kaine Mutiny? Bernie Sanders supporters want Tim Kaine off the ticket


Philadelphia — While Tim Kaine‘s introduction as Hillary Clinton‘s running mate Saturday afternoon in Miami has been described as a “home run” among some Democrats and members of the media, that’s decidedly NOT the feeling being expressed by activists associated with Bernie Sanders‘ supporters — who are suggesting a potential floor fight on bringing up an alternative candidate to run for vice president when the roll call is held at the convention later this week.

“There has been outreach to specific individuals” about putting their name up for a vote, says Donna Smith, executive director of Progressive Democrats of America.

“We reflect disappointment, and we reflect anger,” said Norman Solomon, a Sanders delegate from California and national coordinator of the “Bernie Delegates Network,” which they say includes 1,250 Sanders delegates to the Philly convention. “This is an assault on the progressive base of the Democratic Party,” he said of the selection of Kaine, a centrist-oriented Virginia senator.

Solomon and Smith addressed members of the media Sunday morning from the Marriott Hotel in downtown Philadelphia.

Kaine’s stances on abortion rights, coal-fired power plants, “right-to-work” laws and his support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Fast Track last year are all fodder for the Sanders fans’ disdain.

The unhappiness over Clinton’s choice comes just as the Wikileaks revelation hit — a release of 20,000 emails suggesting the DNC was in the tank for Hillary since before the primary is only adding fuel to the fire.

Regarding a floor fight, Solomon says according to the rules of the DNC, if there are 3,000 signatures collected with no more than 50 from each state, then another name can be placed for consideration on the floor.

Other organized forms of dissent could include the delegates walking out when Kaine addresses the convention on Wednesday night, total silence from the delegates, or maybe just turning their backs during his speech.

Solomon said his group has never heard directly from Sanders, and if he advised them not to act out, the Bernie Delegates Network would take that under advisement.

Both Solomon and Smith said the onus on bringing the party together has been on Hillary Clinton, and they say she failed the progressives by not only their pushback on some key aspects of the Democratic Party platform which will officially be voted on this week, and the selection of Kaine.

Smith said she’d like the Clinton camp allow an actual debate on a plank calling for a single-payer care-for-all, Medicare-style health plan, as well as language opposing the Trans Pacific Partnership. Although Clinton has now joined Sanders in opposing the TPP, President Obama supports it, and therefore the language in the platform is neutral on the volatile issue, which Donald Trump also opposes.

Mitch Perry

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  • David Smith

    July 28, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    CLINTON; LIKES IT BOTH WAYS; No TPP to Well, there are Going to be ‘SIGNIFICANT’ Changes that Make it OK(?) ‘You’ Should Have Known…

    DIVISIVE? Why Bernie Sanders, President PUTIN & the ‘harmless Citizens of RUSSIA & BRICS, et al, should be very concerned about overcoming the DEPRIVATION of the DUE DILIGENCE info Re; the USA’s TPPartnership & the other Global Corporate treaties/’arrangements’.

    TPP, TTIP, CETA & the other Global Corporate treaties/’arrangements’ are about SHIFTING the LIABILITIES of the GLOBAL CORPORATE Assocs. to the ‘HARMLESS’ CITIZENS of TPP, et al. So, YES; TPP, et al, Will Greatly Exacerbate the DISPARITY between RICH & Accelerate the Growth of the POOR & non-‘Rich’.

    Corporate Canada’s Contribution to the Shift of their Corporate Liabilities to the the ‘HARMLESS’ CITIZENS of TPP, TTIP, CETA, et al. The secret SHIFT has been called ‘REPREHENSIBLE’, ‘DISINGENUOUS’, ‘IMMORAL’ & Borderline ‘ILLEGAL’. What are the Contributions that the other Global Corporate Associates are making to the hidden/secret Shift of Liabilities to the ‘HARMLESS’ CITIZENS of TPP, TTIP, CETA, C-CIT, et al?

    Do the other signatories of the global corporate treaties/’arrangements’ understand how corporate Canada is continuing to avoid its liabilities via its information deprivation (eg. The W.A.D. Accord & The MERKEL {Chancellor of Germany} Letter; To Sue, or, Be Sued?) & trying to pass its liabilities on to its global corporate associates, their citizens and the citizens of Canada?
    ‘The MERKEL (Chancellor of Germany) Letter; To Sue, or, Be Sued?’
    (see; davidehsmith.wordpress.com), can be accessed via
    The Excerpts to
    The Supreme Court of Canada makes Findings on ‘The Submission’;
    The SHAREHOLDERS & Corporations of AMERICA, China, Canada, the EU, the Trans Pacific nations, et al
    the (‘harmless’) Canadian NON shareholders, both; Native & non Native, et al’
    (see; davidehsmith.wordpress.com)

    But, what are the various different ways that the superseding Global Corporate treaties, such as; the CETA, TPP, et al, enable the leaders of Corporate Canada & shareholders to sue Native Canadians by way of their shares in the corporations of the other Global Corporate associates ?
    And, as these suits that are determined by way of the corporate courts (tribunals) of the CETA, TPP, et al, are designed to be paid for by the ‘harmless’ citizens of Canada,
    how much will these ‘arrangements’ of Corporate Canada & their politically lobbied representatives contribute to the continuing growing ‘designer racism’ by non-Native Canadians, Germans, et al?
    See; 1) The W.A.D. Accord, 2) The MERKEL {Chancellor of Germany} Letter & 3) The EXCERPTS at davidehsmith.wordpress.com
    Also, FULL article, ‘The ‘EMPIRE’* STRIKES BACK…’, see; davidehsmith.wordpress.com
    PLEASE CONSIDER SHARING the enclosed information & questions with 10 friends who will share it with 10 others…

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