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Feb 16, 2016 4:36 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Meet Up Takes Place In East Hampton To Support Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders

Kathryn Szoka instructs 'Women for Bernie Sanders' attendees how to volunteer for Bernie Sander's phone bank. KYRIL BROMLEY
Feb 17, 2016 11:29 AM

Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has become a household name in recent months.

Last week, a group of East End residents gathered for the first “Women for Bernie” meet-up—one of many nationwide—where both women and men came together at local artist Camille Perrottet’s East Hampton home to express their support for Senator Sanders and his stance on women’s issues.

Ms. Perrottet said she and her husband, East Hampton veterinarian Paul Hollander, are longtime Sanders supporters, and were inspired to come up with an idea to initiate something in the community.

“He’s speaking to me. He’s really speaking to me with all his issues,” she said.

Along with women’s rights, Mr. Sanders’s platform includes a push for the implementation of free public college education, immigration polices and racial justice. However, Ms. Perrottet said she was truly astounded at how the senator is changing the way campaigns are funded and run.

“We have all this money involved in elections … it’s so disgusting,” she said. “But Bernie is starting a revolution.”

Ms. Perrottet referred to Mr. Sanders’s refusal to fund his campaign through the now traditional use of political action committees, or super PACS, that are often funded by Wall Street.

“These people are not giving money altruistically. They’re giving money to buy influence and get what they want,” added meeting attendee Amy Sultan of East Quogue. “That greed is the overarching consideration of everything in society. It’s so destructive.”

Ms. Sultan was on the front lines of the campaign for the New Hampshire primary. The avid supporter of Mr. Sanders was one of many who went canvassing door to door in the western part of the state.

“It was thrilling,” Ms. Sultan said, describing the raw energy surrounding the campaign. “There are incredibly receptive people from towns and neighborhoods … to working-class people to people in very big houses living outside of Hanover. There is a lot of support for Bernie.”

Ms. Sultan said she was also excited to see the involvement of millennial voters.

“What was so fabulous for me was that all of the young kids, high school kids, were in the office volunteering and working the phone banks.”

Ms. Sultan expressed excitement over Mr. Sanders’s New Hampshire primary win with 20 percentage points over Hillary Clinton.

“[Ms. Clinton’s supporters] think Bernie is a flake and he can’t win, but I think last night proved that that is not so,” she told the 15 people gathered in Ms. Perrottet’s living room. “Anyone who wants to remain in the status quo is very frightened of the potential.”

The meeting also included discussion of Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright’s criticism of young women supporting Mr. Sanders rather than Ms. Clinton.

Ms. Albright, the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State, introduced Ms. Clinton at the recent primary by declaring, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”

Meanwhile, Ms. Steinem, a feminist icon, recently appeared on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” where she claimed young female voters were merely voting for Mr. Sanders to meet “boys.”

“They’re going to get more activist as they get older. And when you’re young, you’re thinking ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie,” Ms. Steinem said.

However, two days later she posted a statement on her Facebook page addressing the backlash that followed.

Both Ms. Albright’s and Ms. Steinem’s comments became a hot topic of discussion for the meeting attendees.

“I find it terrible, terribly insulting … if we believe that, why not vote for Carly Fiorina? Or Ben Carson because we aren’t racist?” said Tamar Cole, who splits her time between East Hampton and Vermont. “I think most people who are supporting Bernie over Hillary are supporting Bernie very much based on him intellectually. They believe in his position. They believe he’s going to do the right thing for this country.”

Another supporter of Mr. Sanders, Don Lenzer of Amagansett, agreed, saying he found their comments to be offensive.

“It would be like saying this is a meeting for ‘Women for Bernie’ and I’m here because this is where the women are,” said Mr. Lenzer.

Ms. Perrottet said that although she has been a feminist for the majority of her life, particularly during her years in her native country of France where she fought for abortion rights, Ms. Clinton is not an option for her.

“I’m still a feminist and pro-choice,” she said. “I would love to see a woman president, but she’s not the one of my choice. I don’t like her politics.”

One attendee, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was attending the meeting, despite being a supporter of Ms. Clinton, to find out more about the other side’s perspective.

“I find it incredibly challenging not to be supportive of Hillary because it’s the first time a woman is running for president,” she said to the group. “It’s very hard for me to pull support away from a woman who has accomplished so much.”

Springs resident Steve Dickman said he believes this is a mutual feeling among Ms. Clinton’s supporters.

“I think what people feel about her a lot is something that’s really visceral. It’s not intellectual. It’s not about her positions on things. It’s about who she is as a person,” he said.

“I don’t think Hillary should be running on that platform,” Ms. Cole added. “I don’t think she should be saying, ‘Vote for me because I’m a woman and it will be the first time and it would be historic and I’m not part of the establishment because I’m a woman.’”

Following the discussion, Kathryn Szoka, co-owner of Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor and leader of Bernie East End Supporters, gave a tutorial for the attendees on how to form an individual or group phone bank for Bernie Sanders.

She said interested parties could go on Go.berniesanders.com/page/content/phonebank to use “the Bernie Dialer,” to connect with voters in 22 states. The page features a training video, a guide and a live chat for help.

“The calls really make a difference,” said Ms. Perrottet.

“Whether you’re phone banking in a campaign office or at your own home, you’re making a huge impact by identifying Bernie supporters,” Ms. Szoka said. A large scale phone bank party is scheduled at Canio’s Books on Thursday, February 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Bernie Sanders is a straight talker - without a super pack funding him - he is for reform of our campaign system - that is enough for me. as far as your disparaging comment regarding 15 people - wait until summer. bet you the numbers increase. Short sighted are you?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Feb 18, 16 12:56 PM
it seems that even the "elite" dems think common little dems are too dumb to make their own choices. Please tell me why would anyone support a party that thought they were too stupid to make their own choices? Talk about voter suppression! The dems are experts!

Feb 13, 16 12:39 PM appended by joe hampton
How did Bernie CRUSH Clinton by 22 points in New Hampshire, while the Democratic Party nevertheless awarded an equal number of delegates to both Sanders and Clinton?
By joe hampton (3428), on vacation on Feb 18, 16 2:42 PM
Now all the freeloaders can jump in as well as the pathetic rich white folks suffering from "white guilt"....Who is going to pay for all the free stuff? Let's punish the rich with higher taxes, guess who signs the paychecks dummy? They are the one's who give people jobs, not the freeloaders jumping in for Bernie.
By mtkfish (59), montauk on Feb 18, 16 5:13 PM
Hillary has a tin ear. She is the worst campaigner I've ever witnessed. If she gets the nomination, good chance she'll lose. I think we're seeing a repeat of 2008. Bernie Sanders can pull this off. And like in 2008, it will be a pleasure to vote. I'm feelin' the Bern!
By larrygor (1), southampton on Feb 18, 16 1:49 PM
Do you have a funny feeling running down your leg like the two faced Chris Mathews did for Obama?
By mtkfish (59), montauk on Feb 18, 16 5:16 PM
No way a SOCIALIST will win the general election, the Democrat nomination possibly but the American people are fed up with a radical in the White House and all the issues that come with liberalism.RUN BERNIE RUN, RUN BERNIE RUN!!
By bigfresh (4593), north sea on Feb 18, 16 2:08 PM
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By Polandspring (96), Southampton on Feb 22, 16 12:44 PM
please explain how wanting our borders secure is a bigoted concept. Trump has employed THOUSANDS of women and African Americans, how many jobs has Komrade Sanders created? Your desire to silence someone with a position on political issues which is contrary to your own is common among liberals. Free speech is great as long as you agree with it. Did you have a DISSENT IS PATRIOTIC on your Prius when Bush was in office?!
By bigfresh (4593), north sea on Feb 22, 16 12:53 PM
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By Polandspring (96), Southampton on Feb 22, 16 12:58 PM

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By Undocumented Democrat (2040), southampton on Feb 18, 16 2:38 PM
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By jediscuba (71), Bayside on Feb 18, 16 3:42 PM
to jediscuba:

What puerile foolishness. You have created of whole cloth the fiction that Bernie doesn't acknowledge that any social welfare initiatives (like free college tuition & "socialized" medicine) must be paid for with tax revenue.

Moreover, Sweden, which you cite, is always in the top ten of the "world's happiest countries" (#5 this year [We're #15.]) and the citizens of EVERY western industrialized country (& Japan) with "socialized medicine" like their health care ...more
By highhatsize (4183), East Quogue on Feb 18, 16 4:42 PM
Nah, a better way is to let everyone have skin in the game with no corporations to big to fail.

A VNT t x en place sf the IRS with besic necessitmes exempto(rent, grocerges,medicine) but if you want that boat, S4,ob Benz you would pay a 17% ralue AdeediTex. that would be more than enough to run a limdted gavernment Ar/>
Then let the capitalist system work. TRUMP 2016
Feb 18, 16 5:49 PM appended by joe hampton
S H Press going bonkers ? - A VAT tax in place of the IRS with basic necessities exempt (rent, groceries,medicine) but if you want that boat,PS4,or Benz you would pay a 17% value Added Tax... that would be more than enough to run a limited goverment... Then let the capitalist system work. TRUMP 2016
By joe hampton (3428), on vacation on Feb 18, 16 5:49 PM
You should read David Cay Johnston joe.

Trump is unfit to walk into the Oval Office, let alone sit behind the desk.
Feb 18, 16 5:54 PM appended by Mr. Z
BTW, did you root for the Tannen clan when you saw "Back to the Future"?
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 18, 16 5:54 PM
No less unfit than Obama. How much you want to bet he wins?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Feb 18, 16 6:06 PM
Considering that "star f******" is as American as the transistor, so he very well could get elected.

To me, it would be like putting Lex Luthor in the White House.
Feb 18, 16 6:17 PM appended by Mr. Z
“Donald Trump is a fool and an a******. I don’t think people are backing him as much as he has become the middle finger of their right hand.” ~ Norman Lear
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 18, 16 6:17 PM
10 Stories About Donald Trump You Won't Believe Are True
By Luke McKinney

Donald Trump is the most public ******* since Goatse and has done even more degrading things for fame. He's aligned himself with Birthers and turned the Presidency of the United States into an ad for reality TV, and that's just so far this year. The terrifying thing is that Trump is winning. He's made such a joke of himself in the process that it's easy to miss the immense balls required to do what he does in ...more
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 18, 16 7:13 PM
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Trump versus Sanders with the future direction of the USSC at stake, yes, that would be an interesting election. It would certainly bring out many for both sides who have not been active voters for years, if ever.

They certainly represent polar opposites on economic issues.

They both speak what is on their minds.

Their candidacies would create the type of political revolution envisioned by Chairman Mao.

And ultimately 50 years down the road, if we still exist ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Feb 18, 16 8:55 PM
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Some strange times.

An egotistical reality TV Businessman VS a Socialist who, other than being an elected official, has never accomplished anything.

Joe McCarthy would have loved Bernie...
By Draggerman (941), Southampton on Feb 20, 16 7:08 AM
History has shown McCarthy to be a demagogue who wantonly promoted hysteria, and died in an alcoholic stupor at the tender age of 48. The "Red Scare" was the modern equivalent of the Salem witch trials.

Yeah, that's a credible guy...
Feb 20, 16 7:36 AM appended by Mr. Z
It never ceases to amaze how people fall for the vitriol spewing demagogue, instead of embracing a candidate of intellect and reason. You decide who the demagogue is, and get back to us. Quote: "He's [Trump] had 19 failed businesses in 17 years and many of Trump's floundering companies were given debt relief on the specific grounds that Trump no longer be in charge of them."
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 20, 16 7:36 AM
a business man versus a parasitical fool. Now THAT is a choice made in heaven.
By bigfresh (4593), north sea on Feb 18, 16 9:56 PM
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"Having The Balls To Pretend He's a Good Businessman"

"In The Apprentice Trump casts himself as a high-powered executive, in the same way a teenage boy might cast himself as James Bond infiltrating a Cheerleader Dorm. Total fantasy. Trump has been replaced in more businesses than toner cartridges, and has cost the business world more money in the process. He's had 19 failed businesses in 17 years and many of Trump's floundering companies were given debt relief on the specific grounds that ...more
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 19, 16 6:03 AM
Record turnout expected in SC for Trump...
Main Stream Media in Turmoil...
Sanders wins backing of African American group in Nevada...
Latinos jump on board...
72% OF DEMS NOW THINK HE COULD WIN GENERAL!
Town Hall Boos Hillary...

.... PRICLESS
Feb 19, 16 12:01 PM appended by They call me
The look on Phils face ... priceless
By They call me (2795), southampton on Feb 19, 16 12:01 PM
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The Dem's best candidate was Webb

Maybe Its not to late for him to get back in since he is the only candidate they have that is electable in this general
By 27dan (2814), Shinnecock Hills on Feb 19, 16 12:14 PM
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In the "unbelievable" category today:

“The senator [Sanders] is upset with a political and economic system that is often rigged to help the privileged few at the expense of everyone else, particularly the least advantaged. He believes that we have a two-tiered society that increasingly dooms millions of our fellow citizens to lives of poverty and hopelessness. He thinks many corporations seek and benefit from corporate welfare while ordinary citizens are denied opportunities and a ...more
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 19, 16 8:45 PM
are you backing the Socialist or the charlatan Mr Z? Both of them preach your version of anti capitalism and class envy, who's it gonna be?
By bigfresh (4593), north sea on Feb 20, 16 2:18 AM
The "Libertarian" above agrees with me.

And he's richer than you...
Feb 20, 16 6:48 AM appended by Mr. Z
The only charlatan is the candidate running a campaign on the platform that he's a real "businessman".
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 20, 16 6:48 AM
Lets try and be honest now Mr Z

FEBRUARY 19, 2016 6:22 PM
State Department says at least 1,730 Clinton emails contain classified material

Sixty-four of the newly released emails contained classified information

Next batch to be released next Friday, day before South Carolina primar
By 27dan (2814), Shinnecock Hills on Feb 20, 16 10:22 AM
The least offensive bowl of **** is not Hillary Clinton.

At this point, that's who normally manages to earn my vote.
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 20, 16 4:11 PM
Wait you forgot a little something Dan,

Emailgate: ‘She should go to prison for this and more....

Clintons turn IRS into ‘gestapo
Covering up Bill’s dirty deeds
Looting the White House
Filegate: FBI files on GOP enemies
Huma Abedin Muslim Brotherhood cover up
Vince Foster’s 1993 death ?
Chinagate: Sale of high-tech secrets
Travelgate
Whitewater: Jail for friends, but not Clintons
‘Landing under sniper fire’ ...more
By They call me (2795), southampton on Feb 20, 16 10:42 AM
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Sorry that your scorn for a successful CAPITALIST has blinded you to the preposterous Democrat Presidential hopefuls. The choice has never been clearer Komrade.
By bigfresh (4593), north sea on Feb 20, 16 1:40 PM
Please, spare us.

A "successful capitalist" doesn't include being forced to divest yourself from nearly twenty companies, and additionally being forced to step down from being on the board of directors. A "successful capitalist" does not bleed profit from a mountain of debt one never pays back.

You have a very strange definition of "success"...
Feb 20, 16 4:17 PM appended by Mr. Z
However, if you look at the bright side, he's probably the perfect candidate to guide the United States through bankruptcy thanks to all that Iraq War debt Bush put on a credit card via tax cuts. Another Republican could be just what we need, LOL...
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 20, 16 4:17 PM
CLASSIC Mr Z, you haven't played the b bbut Bush card in a while, gotta dig deep these days to find a way to defend your Socialist hero. It's all over for the Democrat Party, thank God.
By bigfresh (4593), north sea on Feb 21, 16 2:24 PM
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Is it possible for you to have any sort of clever, informed retort? Truth hurts about who ran the national debt up the flagpole in the last thirty years, and it wasn't under Democratic administrations. The grand total of Reagan-Bush debt with interest is about 13.5 trillion dollars. Facts are facts. All easily researched in the Information Age. The current level of debt is a continued trend since Bush set the all-time record by increasing the debt by $1.1 trillion in 100 days between July 30 ...more
Feb 21, 16 6:36 PM appended by Mr. Z
Like I said, maybe we need a Republican in 2016. That way Republicans can finish the job Reagan started, and Trump can guide the United States through Chapter 11.
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 21, 16 6:36 PM
Just zFacts man, just zFacts.

"Republicans claim Democrats are bad for business, but the stock market disagrees. It rose more than twice as fast under Obama as under Reagan. In fact since Reagan (1981) stocks have gained 13% under Republicans and 450% under Democrats. That’s 35 times more, and they had six years less time."
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 21, 16 6:52 PM
Can't blame the gentleman in the striped shirt from hiding his face!
By bigfresh (4593), north sea on Feb 20, 16 1:41 PM
Hillary by hook or by crook takes Nevada with last minute closed door union deals in Clark county. Millennials break BIG for Sanders who proves he is now a contender nationally
By joe hampton (3428), on vacation on Feb 20, 16 5:11 PM
Currently showing 440 votes separating the two. She took Clark County, which was a big boost. As of this post, 86% reporting.

Delegate count:

Clinton - 51
Sanders - 50
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 20, 16 8:14 PM
It's all even at 51 apiece, and of course the media is blowing a win by a margin of less than 650 votes a "game changer" and "halts Sanders' momentum". CNNfluenza, indeed. Just the kind of gross and negligent pandering for Hillary Clinton we've come to expect from the pathetic remains of our once great Fourth Estate.

Perhaps Clinton would not have fared as well if not for Harry Reid's successful attempt to have casino owners give their employees paid three hour breaks to vote for the ...more
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 21, 16 1:25 AM
CROOKS LIKE CROOKS
By 27dan (2814), Shinnecock Hills on Feb 21, 16 2:14 AM
As much as I can't stand Clinton I'd take her anyday of the week over sanders.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Feb 21, 16 6:28 AM
1. Bloomberg- please run
2. Kasich-unelectable
3. Rubio
4. Trump
5. Carson
6. Cruz
7. Clinton
8. Bozo the clown
9. Sanders
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Feb 21, 16 7:47 AM
Razza - Is it possible we agree on something? Bloomberg and Kasich the best choices?
By bird (824), Sag Harbor on Feb 23, 16 11:18 PM
High Hat is not here thats how you know that everything is going according to plan
By They call me (2795), southampton on Feb 21, 16 1:26 PM
He will be here now that you said that,

telling us how we should reexamine the error of our ways and how sweden is a socialist utopia bla bla the 147 people who live there are so happy bla bla they do not have an army or any debt bla bla bla and evian
By Erin 27 E (1261), hampton bays on Feb 21, 16 1:31 PM
to They call me:

Quote:

"High Hat is not here thats how you know that everything is going according to plan"
---------------------------------------------------------------

You are so right. Trump continues to be the dominant front-runner and Cruz came in tied for 2nd, the precise Republican ticket for which all freedom-loving democratic republicans (i.e. Democrats) are hoping!

Trump/Cruz 2016! Hurrah!!
By highhatsize (4183), East Quogue on Feb 21, 16 2:52 PM
Republicans set another turnout record, Dem numbers slide...
Feb 21, 16 4:34 PM appended by They call me
Really is amazing how hhs can turn a blind eye to the worst record for a democratic candidate since Cornelius Gallagher....... Emailgate: ‘She should go to prison for this and more.... Clintons turn IRS into ‘gestapo Covering up Bill’s dirty deeds Looting the White House Filegate: FBI files on GOP enemies Huma Abedin Muslim Brotherhood cover up Vince Foster’s 1993 death ? Chinagate: Sale of high-tech secrets Travelgate Whitewater: Jail for friends, but not Clintons ‘Landing under sniper fire’ ...more in Bosnia (her and Brian Williams i guess) Hillary's 'missing' law firm billing records Pardongate: Hillary Senate contributions Mr Z favorite thing to over look Hillary's cash cows and 9,987 percent profit Clinton body count Hillary's radical pal, Saul Alinsky coincidence ??? Hillary cashes in: Iranian fund raising ( pay to play) Clinton Foundation: Scandals keep coming Benghazi When the 3am call finally came Peter Franklin Paul illegal campaign fundraiser Watergate: Fired for being a 'liar'
By They call me (2795), southampton on Feb 21, 16 4:34 PM
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Harry reid was pissed yesterday, Who do these kids think they are anyway.
What good is it to fix elections with "superdelegates" if those superdelegates try to line up behind the will of the people? You may as well not even have superdelegates and just let the democrat voters pick Bernie and decide the primary elections and caucuses. departing from the democrat establishment candidates is a good way to get your superdelegate status ripped right out from underneath you. what do you think this ...more
By Undocumented Democrat (2040), southampton on Feb 21, 16 4:56 PM
Why do you [expletive deleted] idiots think I support Hillary Clinton?

Oh, wait...
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 21, 16 7:09 PM
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We all know you support a sanders/warren ticket
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Feb 22, 16 7:06 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: EX-GITMO WARDEN SLAMS OBAMA’S RELEASE OF DETAINEES – ‘HE HAS THROWN NATIONAL SECURITY OUT THE WINDOW’
By 27dan (2814), Shinnecock Hills on Feb 21, 16 5:22 PM
Trump 2016!

We haven't forgotten. Or forgiven.
Feb 21, 16 5:30 PM appended by joe hampton
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms. It will be because we destroyed ourselves... Abraham Lincoln
By joe hampton (3428), on vacation on Feb 21, 16 5:30 PM
to They call me:

You are SO reliable. Honestly, if a day passed without your posting plagiarized bushwa and sophomoric drivel we would fear for the rising of the sun.

We note your washerwoman implications and innuendos. (Dear god - - - again!)

Here's a thought. Find another forum that doesn't actually expect reasoned opinion. There are hundreds of them out there. Breitbart - - - The Daily Caller - - - The American "Thinker" (Hee - hee.) Regale them with your wisdom.

Have ...more
By highhatsize (4183), East Quogue on Feb 21, 16 10:19 PM
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TRUMP IN COMMAND
ESTABLISHMENT SPENT $220M SO FAR!
By They call me (2795), southampton on Feb 22, 16 2:35 AM
The democratic primary system is so corruptible, Why don't they trust the people to make the choice, Hillary is so disingenuous its embarrassing
By They call me (2795), southampton on Feb 22, 16 8:27 AM
All the RINO career lawyers and traitors are getting behind Bush 2.0.
Rubio is a GOP wonder boy who will deliver the same one-party government
that serves the Donor Class who hatched him. I honestly respect Sanders more than Rubio, at least that socialist wingnut will own up to his allegiances, Rubio is a political wind vain at best...

TRUMP 2016
By joe hampton (3428), on vacation on Feb 23, 16 10:10 AM
Rubio is an abomination. He is the ultimate puppet for open border, globalist authoritarians. Rubot is an off the charts leftist, beyond comrade Bernie.
By Undocumented Democrat (2040), southampton on Feb 23, 16 5:50 PM
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