The Sanders/Warren Pact
The Sanders/Warren Pact
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are two progressive front runners in the Democratic Primary. Both have large followings that support a bold approach to big structural change: actually fighting for it.
Plans of both Sanders and Warren have been called “extreme”. FDR’s New Deal and LBJ’s War on Poverty were also considered “extreme” and are some of the greatest progressive achievements in our history. The pundit narrative is that only a centrist candidate can beat Trump. Democratic centrist candidates lost in 2000, 2004, and 2016. The only elections Democrats won was when their candidate promised big structural change and was labeled a "radical socialist" by the opposition. This isn't a coincidence. 2/3rds of Democrats identify as "liberal or progressive". That means FDR politics, not hedging our bets.
Conservatives have elected more and more extreme candidates over time recognizing that moderates will unify behind them. The moderates understand that our system is rigid and changes slowly, requiring a lot of force to move it. This strategy typically results in at least incremental change in their favor. It’s time for Democrats to get a winning strategy.
Democrats deserve real change. Sanders and Warren are invested in removing the gatekeepers that put up paywalls that prevent us from accessing the basics. “Want an education? Get student loans and go into lifelong debt. Need healthcare? Make sure you get a job that offers insurance. Need medicine? Make sure you have insurance! Want clean air to breathe and water to drink? Move to a nicer area.”
The best path forward is to build solidarity between the Sanders and Warren camps. Polling and delegate counts put Sanders out front. But nothing is in the bag yet. It is critical that they don’t split the Progressive vote as Moderates coalesce around Biden. Sanders and Warren should make a pact where each agrees to suspend their campaign, endorse, and serve as VP, should the other candidate get the nomination. As progressives it is in our best interest if we work together. If we are loud enough, they will hear us.
Reasons for signing on:
Sanders and Warren agree on issues that are critical to most Americans and are worth fighting for. 65,000 people die for lack of health insurance each year in a system designed to emphasize profits over people. Student loan debt is choking young people. Climate change threatens all of us.
Sanders and Warren pull support from different demographics. While 40% of Warren supporters list Sanders as their second choice, the majority of her supporters list Biden, Klobuchar, and Buttigieg. This means there is potential to grow our coalition.
Working together we could draw in left-leaning non-voters who've never been given an actual option on the ballot before. Many people have been ignored by our major political parties. The progressive people-centered politics a Sanders/Warren coalition would have will bring people to the polls.
Sanders is a life-long advocate for justice who doesn't compromise his values or pull-punches.
Warren is an advocate and educator, with the intelligence and courage to do what is necessary to fix our broken system.
Sign this petition is you are committed to building a progressive coalition strong enough to beat Trump and majorities in both the House and Senate.