Is Bernie Sanders making a comeback at the DNC? After Sanders’ speech to his delegates, his wife Jane Sanders got on stage with him and whispered in his ear, over a hot mic, “They don’t know your name is being put in nomination. That’s what concerns.“
Two weeks ago Sanders told his delegates that he wanted them all at the convention for the roll call vote so they could vote for him. Right now, without further clarification from him and based on Jane’s words, it can be revealed this is still going to happen.
Watch the moment below:
Bernie Sanders’ campaign spokesman Michael Briggs was forced to address the issue. He confirmed Sanders’ name will still be placed in the nomination and there will still be a roll call vote:
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This is is good news for the Sanders’ volunteer army that has been fanning out across Philadelphia today, collecting signatures to ensure the Vermont senator gets a roll call vote on the convention floor.
The LA Times reports:
They staked out hotel breakfasts, waiting to catch delegates as they finished their eggs or grabbed coffee. Some of the volunteers hope Sanders will find a way to bypass Hillary Clinton and become the Democratic nominee; others just want to ensure Sanders gets a prominent show of support.
“I think this will help further the things that he’s fighting for,” said Frank Burns, 58, who lives nearby in Pennsylvania.
He was making the rounds at a hotel near the airport where state delegations from New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine, all strongholds of Sanders support, were staying. The volunteers said they were asked by the Sanders campaign to collect signatures; whether there will be a roll-call vote has also been the subject of negotiations between Clinton and Sanders representatives.
Another volunteer, Kim Gollub, 55, of New Jersey, said she won’t support Clinton and doesn’t plan to heed Sanders’ endorsement of her.
“That was a formality,” she said. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s still a candidate.”