BNR – ‘Sanders Endorses Clinton’ & ‘Bernie’s New Organizations To Further The Revolution’


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Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders formally declared an end to their political rivalry Tuesday, joining forces to take on a shared enemy: Donald Trump.

“I have come here to make it as clear as possible why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president,” Sanders said at a joint rally here. “Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nomination and I congratulate her for that.”

The 74-year-old self-described democratic socialist, who has been a thorn in Clinton’s side over the last year, pledged to support his former rival through Election Day: “I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”


“We are joining forces to defeat Donald Trump!” Clinton declared. “I can’t help but say how much more enjoyable this election is going to be when we are on the same side. You know what? We are stronger together!”

And even as she struck a victorious tone, Clinton also repeatedly and directly addressed the Sanders supporters in the high school gymnasium.

She walked through a number of policy issues where Sanders had pulled her to the left during the course of the election — minimum wage; the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, college affordability — to make a broader concession: the movement that Sanders created was nothing short of a political revolution.

“Sen. Sanders has brought people off the sidelines and into the political process. He has energized and inspired a generation of young people who care deeply about our country,” she said. “To everyone here and everyone cross the country who poured your heart and soul into Sen. Sanders’ campaign: Thank you.”

Sanders’ Fulsome Endorsement

As one of the hosts and warmup acts at Portsmouth High School, in New Hampshire, on Tuesday morning, Senator Jeanne Shaheen seemed a bit unsure what to say, at least initially. “Go, Bernie, and go, Hillary, right?” she asked the crowd. Then she recovered, saying, “I am so thrilled to have Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders come together in New Hampshire so we can defeat Donald Trump.”

The crowd cheered. Some people held up banners that read “Stronger Together.” After Shaheen had finished, there was a rustling backstage and the two principals emerged. They weren’t holding hands or joshing with each other, but they didn’t look uncomfortable. They looked businesslike: Bernie in a dark jacket and tie, Hillary in one of her trademark pantsuits.

When they reached the lectern, Sanders gave Clinton a half hug, acknowledged the event’s hosts, and said, “Let me begin by thanking the thirteen million voters who voted for me during the Democratic primaries, and thank you, New Hampshire, for giving us our first great victory.” For a few minutes, it sounded like he had accidentally brought one of his old campaign speeches. “Together, we have begun a political revolution to transform America, and that revolution continues,” he intoned. “Together, we will continue to fight for a government which represents all of us and not just the one per cent.”

As Clinton applauded gamely, Sanders got down to brass tacks. He noted that his opponent would be going into the Democratic Convention with three hundred and eighty-nine more pledged delegates than him, and “a lot more superdelegates.” Then, for the first time, he publicly acknowledged what has been obvious for weeks: “Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process,” he said, turning to place a supportive hand on her shoulder, “and I congratulate her for that. She will be Democratic nominee for President, and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next President of the United States.”

Bernie’s Full Prepared Remarks

Let me begin by thanking the 13 million Americans who voted for me during the Democratic primaries. Let me also thank the people here in New Hampshire who gave us our first big win and a special thanks to the people of Vermont whose support for so many years has sustained me.

Let me also thank the hundreds of thousands of volunteers in every state in our country who worked so hard on our campaign and the millions of our contributors who showed the world that we could run a successful national campaign based on small individual contributions – 2 1/2 million of them.

Together, we have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution continues. Together, we continue the fight to create a government which represents all of us, and not just the one percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.

I am proud of the campaign we ran here in New Hampshire and across the country. Our campaign won the primaries and caucuses in 22 states, and when the roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is announced it will show that we won almost 1,900 delegates. That is a lot of delegates, far more than almost anyone thought we could win. But it is not enough to win the nomination. Secretary Clinton goes into the convention with 389 more pledged delegates than we have and a lot more super delegates.

Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.

How Sanders Delivered the Most Progressive Platform in Democratic Party History

Before this primary season, the Democratic Party’s national platform had not been contested since 1988, when Jesse Jackson offered amendments on military policy, health care, and education, and introduced rules to diversify the party. The 1984 DNC witnessed four hours of platform discussion, which was nothing compared to the 17 hours of heated debate in 1980 over Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy’s fundamental split over unemployment and inflation.

Bill Clinton’s “third way” platform in 1992 marked a rightward sharp turn from the Democrats’ New Deal agenda of tax and spend, social safety nets, and full employment, toward one of small government, personal responsibility, and market-driven growth and investment. Since then, Democratic platforms have gone unchallenged, and the convention itself has functioned as a spectacular coronation. Barney Frank said as much when he branded the platform (in an interview with Slate) the “Miss Congeniality” of the convention process. Frank worked on the 2012 document, but the process was so boring, he intimated, that he couldn’t recall what was in it.

But this year, Bernie Sanders broke that consensus by reviving the New Deal of FDR Democrats. Hillary Clinton, of course, went on to win the majority of delegates. But heading into Philadelphia, she still needs to win over a significant portion of Sanders’s base supporters. Sanders was clear early on that his campaign aimed to fortify a grassroots movement, not himself as a candidate. He identified the platform as a way to register the Democratic Party’s commitment to a progressive agenda—a kind of peace treaty between the DNC and the political revolution, but also an historical marker of dissent from the party’s neoliberal agenda.


Among the unity amendments was a Sanders-Clinton compromise on education that included free public higher education for families with income of up to $125,000 a year. Having campaigned on free higher ed as a counterpart to universal health care, I was ambivalent. On the one hand, the $125,000 cutoff meant that some 83 percent of American families would get free tuition. On the other hand, it tainted Sanders’s elegant College for All with means-testing. In the end, the negotiated language made no mention of the cap, so I was pleased to stand with AFT President Randi Weingarten to present the amendment: “Every student should be able to go to college debt-free, and working families should not have to pay any tuition to go to college.”

The result was similar for health care. A unity deal was announced that called for increased funding for community health centers and the National Health Service Corps, and expanding Medicare. National Nurses United had lobbied hard for a single-payer amendment, and, despite the unity deal, their union rep delivered a spirited speech in favor of Medicare for All—to which gallery chanted rigorously “single-payer now!”

Sanders’s foreign-policy amendments were no less notable. His list of 12 “priorities” included reducing spending on nuclear weapons in what’s fast becoming a new arms race. The US government is projected to spend $1 trillion on “modernization” over the next 20–30 years, which, experts argue, is being read by Russia and China as an act of provocation. Hillary Clinton had not taken a position on this aspect of nuclear proliferation, but her assent to platform language against the $1 trillion program runs counter to President Obama’s current position.

What Bernie Sanders Meant

Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, acknowledging that Clinton won the Democratic nomination and effectively ending his presidential campaign. While I was skeptical of his chances at nearlyeveryturnof thiscampaign, don’t expect schadenfreude here. Instead, let’s celebrate a candidate who far exceeded most expectations, discuss his legacy and what Sanders’s success means for the future of the Democratic Party.

But let’s start by talking about that success. The first thing to note: Sanders came a long, long way. He began the primary trailing Hillary Clinton by 57 percentage points in national polls. In the end, he lost the national primary vote, in aggregate, by only about 12 points. He closed the gap by 40 percentage points. No candidate since 1972 started that far down to a front-runner and came so close to winning.

Sanders started the primary campaign by nearly pulling off an upset in the Iowa caucuses. When Sanders announced his bid, Clinton led in the Hawkeye State by 54 percentage points. In the final Iowa polls, she was 5 points in front of him. And he lost the state by less than 1 percentage point. From there, Sanders romped in the New Hampshire primary, cruising by 22 percentage points. Sure, he represents New Hampshire’s neighbor, Vermont, in the U.S. Senate, but it’s important to recognize that he started down 40 percentage points in the Granite State. That is, in Iowa, New Hampshire and other contests, Sanders demonstrated an ability to close the gap on Clinton the more he campaigned.

Perhaps where Sanders impressed most is what he did after Iowa and New Hampshire, two states that we knew would be favorable for him. He won contests into June — even after Clinton amassed a nearly insurmountable advantage in delegates — for a total of 22 wins (out of 57 contests). Sanders did this well even with virtually all party elites lined up against him. His campaign was powered almost entirely by the grassroots.

Sanders Supporters React

Senator Bernie Sanders offered a full-throated endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, urging his supporters to get behind the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. But many of his most loyal followers are not feeling it just yet.

Disappointment in Mr. Sanders cascaded across the internet as he embraced his former rival, describing her as a comrade in the fight to overhaul a rigged campaign finance system and lift the poor out of poverty. The sadness was most evident on the Facebook page where the Vermont senator explained his decision in a message titled “Forever forward” that drew responses infused with a skeptical refrain: Never Hillary.

“You broke my heart and betrayed the left Senator Sanders,” wrote Cesar Agusto Diaz, a Sanders supporter from New York.

Daniel Whitfield, of Discovery Bay, Calif., insisted that the political revolution Mr. Sanders had championed did not have to end just because the senator had given up. However, he said that voting for Mrs. Clinton was not an option.

“Intelligent Bernie supporters will NEVER support her because she stands for everything were fighting against,” he said. “Just because Bernie has left our movement does not mean it is over.”

Some backers of Mr. Sanders suggested that they would give Mrs. Clinton a chance in order to stop Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee. Others rejected the idea of having to choose between “the lesser of two evils” and suggested that they would give a third party a chance.

“I Will Continue To Fight For The Cause”

On Tuesday, Sanders broke the hearts of many of his New Hampshire supporters, who seemed to not want to see the revolution end. Months after it was clear that Hillary Clinton would be the presumptive Democratic nominee, Sanders endorsed her candidacy at Portsmouth High School, and the party attempted to forge a political union between their supporters.

In 2004, many liberal activists had, as one bumper sticker suggested, “Dated Dean, Married Kerry” — a reference to Howard Dean, an insurgent progressive candidate, and John Kerry, the eventual nominee. But in this presidential primary, many New Hampshire voters expressed a different notion: They dated Sanders, and now they feel they have been left at the altar.

“Absolutely, I am disappointed and heartbroken,” said David Weeda, a Sanders delegate from Maine to the Democratic National Convention. “He can do this if he wants, but I am going to still fight for his cause. He was the first person in my 35 years of activism who was speaking for me.”

Sanders Gives His Endorsement, But Will Young Voters Follow?

Their appearance together in New Hampshire was a show of party unity, but voter unity may be harder to achieve — especially among young voters. A new poll from The Associated Press and University of Chicago suggests Clinton has yet to convince this group, perhaps Sanders’ most reliable demographic this campaign season. Her weakness extends across racial and ethnic groups.

There’s a little good news for Clinton in the poll of 18- to 30-year-olds — in a matchup against Donald Trump, she clearly bests the New York businessman, 38 to 17 percent. But that leaves 45 percent of those young adults who said they were either undecided, wouldn’t vote or would vote for someone else (22 percent).

Another stat that bodes poorly for Clinton: Those who chose her aren’t exactly crazy about her — many instead simply dislike Trump. Those who chose Clinton are about evenly split: 47 percent said they “mainly support” her, while 53 percent said they “mainly oppose” Trump.

Sanders inspires more enthusiasm. In a Sanders-Trump matchup, 61 percent of young adults chose Sanders, compared with only 16 percent who chose Trump. In this scenario, the share of people who would choose “someone else” is drastically smaller: 7 percent, compared with 22 percent in the Clinton-Trump matchup. In addition, nearly three-quarters of those who would choose Sanders said it’s because they support him (as opposed to opposing Trump).

Interestingly, views of Sanders are more consistent across ethnic groups compared with views of Clinton. Young black voters are most likely to see Clinton favorably, at 64 percent. Among young, non-Hispanic white voters, it’s only 26 percent — the smallest share of the four ethnic groups studied.

Sanders Looks To Further His Revolution With 3 New Organizations

Bernie Sanders is planning to launch as many as three new organizations to continue the “political revolution” that began with his presidential campaign, a top aide said.

Sanders, who endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee during a Tuesday morning rally in New Hampshire, sent a lengthy email to supporters shortly afterward explaining his decision and previewing his future plans.

“In the coming weeks, I will be announcing the creation of successor organizations to carry on the struggle that we have been a part of these past 15 months,” the senator from Vermont said. “Our goal will be to advance the progressive agenda that we believe in and to elect like-minded candidates at the federal, state and local levels who are committed to accomplishing our goals.”

Jeff Weaver, Sanders’s campaign manager, said Sanders is working to set up at least two, and possibly three, “sister organizations” to carry out those missions.

One will be devoted to policy formulation. A second will focus on recruiting and training candidates. And a third might engage in other political activity, possibly registering as a political action committee, Weaver said.

“We’re working out details right now,” Weaver said, adding: “This would have happened whether Bernie Sanders was elected president or not.”

Weaver said he expects the organizations to be up and running in a matter of weeks, with the aim of fully participating in the fall elections.

Bernie: Priorities for #DemPlatform Going into Orlando July 8th

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Bernie: Party platform still needs work

Bernie Sanders, U.S. senator from Vermont

JULY 3, 2016

The Democratic Party platform drafted in St. Louis is an excellent start in bringing forth policies that will help end the 40-year decline of the American middle class. These initiatives, if implemented, will create millions of good-paying jobs, significantly improve health care, and reverse the dangerous trend in this country toward an oligarchic form of society. But, let us be clear, this is a document that needs to be significantly improved by the full Platform Committee meeting in Orlando on July 8 and 9.

Here are some very positive provisions in the platform as it stands today:

At a time when huge Wall Street financial institutions are bigger now than they were before the taxpayers of this country bailed them out, the platform calls for enacting a 21st-century Glass-Steagall Act and for breaking up too-big-to-fail banks.

The platform calls for a historic expansion of Social Security, closes loopholes that allow corporations to avoid paying taxes, creates millions of jobs rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, makes it easier for workers to join unions, takes on the greed of the pharmaceutical companies, ends disastrous deportation raids, bans private prisons and detention centers, abolishes the death penalty, moves to automatic voter registration and the public financing of elections, eliminates super PACs, and urges passage of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, among many other initiatives.

These are all major accomplishments that will begin to move this country in the right direction. I congratulate Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.), chairman of the Platform Drafting Committee, and all 15 members of the panel for their hard work.

But, unfortunately, there were a number of vitally important proposals brought forth by the delegates from our campaign that were not adopted. My hope is that a grassroots movement of working people, environmentalists, and human-rights advocates will work with us to demand that the Democratic Party include these initiatives in the platform to be adopted by the full committee in Orlando.

We need to have very clear language that raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour, ensures that the promised pensions of millions of Americans will not be cut, establishes a tax on carbon, and creates a ban on fracking. These and other amendments will be offered in Florida.

Further, one of the most important amendments that we will offer is to make it clear that the Democratic Party is strongly opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

In my view, the Democratic Party must go on record in opposition to holding a vote on this disastrous, unfettered free-trade agreement during the lame-duck session of Congress and beyond.

Frankly, I do not understand why the amendment our delegates offered on this issue in St. Louis was defeated with all of Hillary Clinton’s committee members voting against it. I don’t understand that because Clinton, during the campaign, made it very clear that she did not want to see the TPP appear on the floor during the lame-duck session.

If both Clinton and I agree that the TPP should not get to the floor of Congress this year, it’s hard to understand why an amendment saying so would not be overwhelmingly passed.

Let’s be clear: The trade agreement is opposed by virtually the entire grassroots base of the Democratic Party.

Every trade union in this country is strongly opposed to the pact. They understand that this agreement will make it easier for corporations to throw American workers out on the street and move factories to Vietnam, where workers are paid 65 cents an hour.

Virtually every major environmental group is opposed to the TPP because they understand that it will make it easier for the biggest polluters in the world to continue despoiling our planet.

Major religious groups are opposed because they understand that it will reward some of the biggest human-rights violators in the world.

Doctors Without Borders is strongly opposed to this agreement because its members understand that it would increase prescription-drug prices for some of the most desperate people in the world by making it harder to access generic drugs.

This agreement also threatens our democracy. We cannot give multinational corporations the ability to challenge our nation’s labor and environmental laws simply because they might reduce expected future profits through the very flawed Investor State Dispute Settlement system. That would undermine the democratic values that our country was founded on.

During the coming days and weeks our campaign will be reaching out to grassroots America to do all that we can to oppose the TPP and make sure that it doesn’t get passed.




BNR – ‘Sanders In Albany & Syracuse’ & ‘Bernie On CNN & MSNBC’

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cropped-favico.jpgSanders In Syracuse

Bernie Sanders, who urged supporters to seek elected office and continue his “political revolution,” began fulfilling his part of the bargain with a Friday-night campaign rally in one of New York’s larger college towns, with the formidable apparatus of the Sanders presidential campaign — sound systems, a live band and security agents at the doors.

All of it was for Eric Kingson, a 70-year-old professor at Syracuse University who decided last year that the 24th Congressional District, which Republicans captured in 2014, could use his expertise in Social Security. The soft-spoken Kingson was passed over by most D.C.-based endorsers, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, but he got onto the ballot with help from veterans of the Sanders campaign, and learned on Wednesday night that the senator would rally for him ahead of the June 28 primary.

Inside the OnCenter, Sanders fans were encouraged to sign up for weekend shifts to get out the vote for Kingson. Many had driven in from neighboring towns; some, like a group that had carpooled from Rochester, swore to help out anyway. By the start of the event, 500 people had filed in, just 10 percent of the crowd Sanders had drawn here in April but large for a House candidate.

Kingson, who had walked through the crowd unnoticed just hours before, told supporters he was “awed” by the turnout, and promised to bring “new blood” to Washington “to work with old blood like Senator Sanders.”

“I believe he’s done more in his campaign than many presidents have done in four-year terms,” said Kingson.


Applause drowned him out, after some supporters saw Sanders’s white mop of hair. Kingson shook his hand, then walked offstage, only for Sanders to pull him back up for the cameras. Over just 24 minutes, one-quarter the length of the speech Sanders had given in New York City on Tuesday, Sanders alternated between his stump speech and praise for Kingson. It would take “just 7,000 or 8,000 votes” to get him past the primary, he said.

Bernie On The Brexit

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) attributed the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union to dissatisfaction over the global economy, but declined to offer his opinion on the decision itself.

In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, Sanders expressed concern about “the breaking down of international cooperation,” noting the important role that the EU has played in bringing peace to Europe.

“Europe in the 20th century, as we all know — the kind of blood that we shed there is unimaginable — you never want to see that again,” he said.

But Sanders went on to argue that the vote for a British exit, or “Brexit,” reflected some of the same economic frustrations that propelled his insurgent presidential candidacy.

“What this vote is about is an indication that the global economy is not working for everybody,” he said. “It’s not working in the United States for everybody and it’s not working in the U.K. for everybody. When you see investors going to China and shutting down factories in this country and laying off, over a period of many years, millions of people, people are saying you know what, global economy may be great for some people but not for me.”

Sanders proposed strengthening global ties while ensuring that people can live in dignity.

“So what we need to do is create a situation where there is some more international cooperation. We put an end to these horrific wars that we have seen over the years,” he concluded. “But at the same time we do not forget about the people left behind and we make sure we have jobs, and income, and health care for all of our people.”

Sanders Edges Closer In California

The snail’s pace of California’s vote count, combined with the state’s increasing use of provisional ballots, has brought loud complaints from supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders about the way the Democratic presidential primary was handled.

“We’ve certainly heard from people,” said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “We’ve received phone calls here and there, but a lot on social media.”


The final count on election night gave Clinton a 13 percentage-point lead over Sanders, 56 percent to 43 percent. But, as the late ballots and provisionals have been counted, the margin is now about 9 percentage points and shrinking.

“The provisionals are breaking advantage Bernie,” said Paul Mitchell, vice president of Political Data Inc., which tracks voter information for political campaigns. “It’s not going to change the results, but Bernie’s people will get some vindication.”

Arguing that election results that don’t match the polls are proof positive of voter fraud reads way too much into those surveys, said Mark Baldassare, CEO and lead pollster for the Public Policy Institute of California, whose final pre-election poll gave Clinton a 46 percent to 44 percent lead.

“All we know is what people tell us when we’re in the field,” which doesn’t always indicate there’s a late surge coming for one candidate or another, he said.

Bernie In Albany

Bernie Sanders told supporters Friday he’s “working with” Hillary Clinton’s campaign about including “very serious” progressive proposals into the Democrats’ campaign platform that will “transform America” — and perhaps persuade his supporters to stick with the party this fall.

The Vermont senator, speaking to about 400 people at the Empire State Plaza, gave a broad outline of what he might ask for in a party platform when the Democrats convene in Philadelphia next month. The one specific: Sanders predicted the Democratic National Committee will include a call for a $15 per hour minimum wage as part of its agenda.

“Right now, to be very frank with you, we are talking to the Clinton campaign to try to determine whether or not they can come up with some very serious proposals which will help us transform America,” Sanders said in a one-hour speech that was titled: “Where do we go from here,” a reference to the senator’s feisty but unsuccessful run for the party’s presidential nomination.

“What we are trying to do also is come up with the most progressive platform that the Democrats have ever had,’’ Sanders said, adding he wants a party platform that is more than “just words,” but also a presidential and congressional agenda for Democrats.

Democrats Approve A Platform Draft

Democrats approved a draft of the party platform early Saturday that includes steps to break up large Wall Street banks, advocates for a $15 an hour wage and urges the abolition of the death penalty, reflecting the influence of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Supporters of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton defeated measures pushed by Sanders’ allies that would have promoted a Medicare-for-all single-payer health care system, a carbon tax to address climate change and impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracking.

Sanders said Friday he would vote for Clinton but has so far declined to offer a full-throated endorsement of her campaign or encourage his millions of voters to back her candidacy. The Vermont senator has said he wants the platform at the summer convention to reflect his goals — and those representing him at a St. Louis hotel said they had made progress.

“We lost some but we won some,” said James Zogby, a Sanders supporter on the panel. “We got some great stuff in the platform that has never been in there before.” Added Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., a Sanders ally: “We’ve made some substantial moves forward.”

The convention’s full Platform Committee will consider the draft platform in Orlando, Florida, next month and it will be voted on at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in late July.

The platform is a statement of the party’s values and positions on a wide range of issues. While it does not bind the Democratic nominee to specific policies, it serves as a guidepost for the party moving forward.

Deliberating late into the evening, the group considered the document’s language on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, an issue that has divided Democrats. The committee defeated an amendment led by Zogby that would have called for providing Palestinians with “an end to occupation and illegal settlements” and urged an international effort to rebuild Gaza.

Sanders Is Disappointed And Dismayed

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Friday that he was “disappointed and dismayed” that allies of Hillary Clinton beat back Democratic Party platform proposals on trade.

On the other hand, Sanders said he was pleased that the platform drafters adopted language calling for breaking up too-big-to-fail banks and enacting a modern-day Glass-Steagall Act. Sanders also said he appreciated a unanimous vote for a proposal to abolish the death penalty.

Sanders said it was “inexplicable” why Clinton allies on the panel at a meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, voted down proposals on trade that both Sanders and Clinton embraced as candidates. “It is hard for me to understand why Secretary Clinton’s delegates won’t stand behind Secretary Clinton’s positions in the party’s platform,” Sanders said.

The drafting committee rebuffed a proposal by Sanders allies to put the party on record saying Congress this year should not take up a trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Both Clinton and Sanders oppose bringing the measure before Congress this year for an up-or-down vote. Clinton allies nevertheless thwarted the platform proposal.

Delegates also debated a Sanders-backed proposal calling for a $15 an hour federal minimum wage. Clinton’s delegates and members appointed by the Democratic National Committee chair voted to strike down the proposed platform plank.