Campaigning across America, Bernie Sanders keeps an eye on France

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 01:38:22 AM. Sanders, unique among American politicians, likes to contrast his country's politics and policy with the rest of the world.
Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally for Omaha Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello on Thursday in Omaha. (Charlie Neibergall/AP) On Monday, after he boarded the plane that would take him and Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez on a cross-country tour, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) asked whether the traveling reporters had followed what was happening in France. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the irascible coalition candidate of the far left, had leapfrogged the Socialist candidate and was in the hunt for a runoff spot in Sunday’s election. [Against all odds, a leftist soars in French election polls] In an interview the next day, Sanders explained that he saw his own political support as of a piece with what was happening in France, and what had happened to the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. “What we are seeing internationally, all over the world, is a feeling that the world is changing very, very rapidly,” said Sanders. “Technology is changing. The world economy is changing. And a lot of people are feeling left behind. People who feel that way, whether they’re in the United Kingdom, whether they’re in France, whether they’re in the United States, are asking: ‘What did I do wrong?’ The answer is that they didn’t do anything wrong.” [Democrats turn to Sanders and his star power to rebuild the party] Sanders, unique among American politicians, likes to contrast his country’s politics and policy with the rest of the world. Where other candidates talk about “American...Read more
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