Feel the Bern II: Sanders to visit Miami with new Democratic chairman

Bernie Sanders speaks to Florida delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will visit Miami on Wednesday and try to bestow some grass-roots cred on new Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.

Bernie Sanders lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton, but this parade in Philadelphia last year shows he has a strong following among Dems.

It’s part of the DNC’s “Come Together and Fight Back” tour, which has Sanders and Perez visiting eight states. Former Labor Secretary Perez was elected in February in what was seen as a victory by the party establishment over the more liberal Sanders wing. Sanders favored Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison for the job.

Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton last year in part because he appealed to many working-class voters that Democrats took for granted in Florida and other swing states.

Now, the DNC says, the Perez-Sanders tour “will focus on the needs of working families and building a Democratic Party that fights for the issues that lift families up, not tear them down.”

Florida delegate Sanjay Patel at last year’s Democratic National Convention.

Barack Obama won Florida twice before Trump carried the state last year. As always, the Sunshine State will be a key battleground for both parties.

Says Florida Democratic Party Chair Stephen Bittel in a statement released by the DNC: “Florida is the largest swing state in the country and the resistance movement against Republicans and their harmful and discriminatory policies is stronger than ever throughout the state. I look forward to welcoming Senator Sanders and Chairman Perez and working with them to turn Florida blue.” ​

If you go

Where: Knight Center Complex, 400 S.E. 2nd Ave., Miami

When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

Information/RSVP: www.fightbacktour.com


Trump to attend Hispanic roundtable Tuesday in Miami

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will take part Tuesday in a “Hispanic leadership roundtable” in Miami, his campaign said over the weekend.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Trump (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

The businessman and part-time Palm Beacher and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will start the day

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
PenceTuesday in Charlotte, N.C., at the, before flying to Miami. Details of the Miami event haven’t yet been announced.

Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., at the 117th National Convention of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, before flying to Miami.

Details of the Miami event haven’t yet been announced. But the Miami Herald is reporting it will be the lunch gathering at the famed Versailles restaurant that had been set for July 8 before Trump canceled at the last minute because of the previous evening’s assassination of five police officers in Dallas.

He also canceled an appearance set for later that day at a hotel near Miami International Airport where there was speculation he’d announce his running mate. Trump unveiled his partnership with Pence on July 16 in New York.

On Saturday, Trump’s presumed opponent, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also targeted Miami for her first

Florida voters give Hillary Clinton an edge in temperament but don't think she's "honest and trustworthy." (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Clinton (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

rally with her vice president pick, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, traveling to the heavily-Hispanic

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Kaine (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Florida International University, west of Miami.

Clinton is set to become the official nominee this week at the Democratic National Convention

in Philadelphia. She’ll do so without South Florida U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who Sunday was out as Democratic National Committee chair following revelations of e-mails suggesting the DNC had unfairly helped Clinton in her primary fight with Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks at the Univision, Washington Post Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Sanders (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


Follow Post politics reporter George Bennett and digital editor Kristina Webb as they report live from this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Follow them at PostonPolitics.com and on Twitter @gbennett and @kristina-webb.

Hillary Clinton swept 58 of 67 Florida counties in primary

Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post
Hillary Clinton speaks at rally Tuesday night at PBC Convention Center (Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post)

Hillary Clinton didn’t just win big in Florida in Tuesday’s primary. She nearly swept the place, winning 58 of 67 counties — including Palm Beach County and its two neighbors to the south, where she got nearly three-fourths of the total vote.

This according to a Palm Beach Post analysis of vote breakdowns supplied by the Florida Division of Elections.

Clinton’s highest win margin was in tiny Gadsden County, just west of Tallahassee, where she got 76 percent of the total vote. The next three, in order, were the blue strongholds of Miami-Dade (74 percent), Broward (72), and Palm Beach (71).

The totals are more impressive in that Martin O’Malley, who dropped out Feb. 1, still was on the ballot in every county, and got 2.3 percent of the total vote.

What does Clinton take from this smack down of Bernie Sanders as she looks toward a possible general election showdown with Donald Trump?

Probably not a lot, Florida political analyst Susan MacManus said Wednesday morning.

“Hillary beating Bernie doesn’t tell us a lot about November,” said MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Clinton won big in counties that usually vote Republican. But just because Democrats in red counties voted heavily for her, it doesn’t mean Republicans in those counties will do so, MacManus said.

The key in November. MacManus said, will be independent voters, who had no presidential ballot Tuesday in Florida’s closed primary. Those registered to other parties, or no party, represent 26.6 percent of registered voters.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

(Post staff writer Michael Stucka contributed)

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Bernie Sanders surrogates to stump for him in Palm Beach County

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks at the Univision, Washington Post Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College,  Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks at the Univision, Washington Post Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Vermont U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hasn’t said whether he’ll be in Florida for Tuesday’s presidential primary. Today, he will be working the Midwest and South, but will have surrogates stumping in Florida.

Sanders was spending Monday in Youngstown and Akron in Ohio, and in Charlotte, St. Louis, and Chicago.

His Tuesday schedule hasn’t yet been announced.

The Sanders campaign has set up phone bank parties in Lake Worth  for Monday and Tuesday, including one at the The Leftof Center in Lake Worth, FL

And a primary results watch party is set to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Revolutions, at 477 South Rosemary Ave. in downtown West Palm Beach.

Sanders’ opponent, Hillary Clinton, has said she’ll lead a Primary Night rally Tuesday at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach.

Hillary Clinton to be in South Florida Tuesday night; exact site not revealed

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton will be in South Florida Tuesday night for the Florida Democratic primary, her campaign said Sunday evening.

The campaign email did not say where in South Florida.

It described the appearance only as “a primary night event,” saying the former Secretary of State will “discuss why she is the best candidate to raise incomes and break down racial, social and economic barriers for families as President.”

While Clinton has aired television and radio ads, and scattered surrogates, across Florida since last week’s Democratic debate, her opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, appears to be focusing on other states.

Clinton leads Sanders in Florida by 59 percent to 31 percent, with 10 percent undecided, according to a Florida Atlantic University poll conducted March 8-11.

What color is Bernie Sanders’ suit at the Democratic debate?

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tackled some tough issues in tonight’s debate: immigration, deportation, the economy.

But what are people on Twitter talking about? The color of Bernie Sanders’ suit.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks at the Univision, Washington Post Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks at the Univision, Washington Post Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

People can’t seem to decide if the suit is brown, blue or black.

And of course, the suit quickly had its own Twitter account, @BerniesSuit.


Despite Sanders’ rapid response director, Mike Casca, saying the suit is blue, the debate continues.

(The last time people on the Internet were this torn up about an article of clothing, it was a blue and black dress — or was it white and gold?)

Vote in our poll: What color do you think his suit is?

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Hours ahead of debate, Hillary posts new TV ads

MIAMI — Days before Tuesday’s Democratic primary, and hours ahead of tonight’s debate with opponent Bernie Sanders, candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign today released two new television ads.

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

The commercials, Stand” — narrated by actor Morgan Freeman — and “Predatory,” began airing today in the Orlando market.

The campaign also released two 60-second radio ads, “Imagine” — also narrated by Freeman — and “Fight for Us” — narrated by actress Kerry Washington.

The radio spots began airing in the Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast market as well as in Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Mobile-Pensacola and Gainesville.

South Florida Hispanics: Democrats must deal with us

DNC spokesman Luis Miranda Wednesday at Democratic Hispanic Summit at FIU near Miami
DNC spokesman Luis Miranda Wednesday at Democratic Hispanic Summit at FIU near Miami

UNIVERSITY PARK, Fla. — When you’re stumping for votes in Iowa, you talk about farms. In Michigan, it’s blue collar jobs. Here in South Florida, presidential candidates avoid the Hispanic experience at their peril.

So expect that to be one of the major topics, if not the primary one — pun intended — when Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debate tonight in advance of next Tuesday’s critical Florida primary.

» RELATED: Everything you need to know about tonight’s Democratic debate in Miami

Here at Florida International University, west of Miami, the Democratic National Committee wrapped up a 2-day “Democratas” Hispanic Summit at midday today, just hours before the former Secretary of State and the Vermont U.S. Senator face off tonight, eight miles south at Miami-Dade College’s Kendall campus.

Hispanics and Latinos account for as many as 4.5 million Floridians, behind only Texas and California, which also are the two states ahead of Florida in total population.

They represent two of three here in Miami-Dade County, one in five in Palm Beach County, and one in four across Florida.

On Tuesday, the issue was addressed by Sanders, at an evening rally in downtown Miami, and surrogates for both Sanders and Clinton, in conference calls with reporters.

In all three cases, the argument was that the other wasn’t doing enough for Hispanics, wasn’t doing enough for the conditions of farm workers, wasn’t doing enough for immigration reform, and wasn’t spelling out what to do about millions of immigrants living in the shadows, many of them Hispanic.

But because Wednesday’s summit was a DNC event, the main target was the other guy. The one who has a place in Palm Beach.

“The Republican establishment can try to run away from Donald Trump, but they were the architects of the ugly and divisive politics that are fueling his rage,” DNC spokesman Luis Miranda said in an agenda package distributed for the summit.

“Even if Donald Trump got his way and we deported all 11 million undocumented immigrants,” Miranda told the conference, “you would still have 40 million, close to 45 million, Hispanics in the United States, who are legal, or U.S. citizens, or U.S. born. We’re right where we need to be and we’ve got to tae the responsibility to speak out.”

Hillary team: Sanders “absent” from Florida, Hispanics

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has been “largely absent” both from Florida and from Hispanics, three surrogates for his opponent, Hillary Clinton, said Tuesday in a conference call.


“Hillary has fought for Latinos her whole life,” U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., said in the call, made hours before Sanders was set to lead a rally in downtown Miami. And a day before Sanders and Clinton were to debate Wednesday night at Miami-Dade College’s Kendall campus.

Gutiérrez, said in the 13 years he and Sanders both were in the House of Representatives, “he was absent from most of the critical immigration votes.” He said that in 2006, Sanders voted for a bill that would have allowed for indefinite detention of undocumented immigrants.

“It’s clear Hillary is the only person we can trust to lead 12 million people out of the shadows,” the congressman said.

“The people of Florida know Hillary Clinton has been working for us her entire life,” former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz said.

And Millie Herrera, former Southeast Region Representative for the U.S. Department of Labor, said Sanders “has been largely absent from Florida and he has been largely absent from the Latino community until recently.”

The three were asked if Clinton would do more to seal Florida’s version of the border, its 1,300-mile coastline, and prevent people from risking their lives on the seas, and whether she as president would bring more federal money for Florida to help it deal with its stream of immigrants, both legal and otherwise.

None of the three specifically addressed the questions, although Gutiérrez did say, “we need to secure our borders. The way we do it is to have comprehensive reform. It allows people to come legally to the U.S. instead of risking their lives.”

Referring to the nickname for often ruthless human smugglers, the congressman said, “we want people to come not with a coyote, but with a visa.”

And, he said, “the best way to help the economy in Florida is to do exactly what Hillary Clinton is doing.”

By helping immigrants come into the open, he said, “there are tens of thousands of Floridians, dreamers, who are paying taxes. They’re finally a part of the fabric of American life.”

Bernie Sanders speaks Tuesday in Miami


Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will lead a rally at 7 p.m. Tuesday in downtown Miami.

The event is at the James L. Knight Center, at 400 SE 2nd Ave. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Sanders and fellow candidate Hillary Clinton debate Wednesday at the Miami-Dade College Kendall campus. The next day, Clinton will be at a “get out the vote” campaign in event in Tampa.

Republican candidates debate Thursday at the University of Miami.