To try to rebuild the Democratic Party, the new party chairman is hitting the road with a politician who is not a Democrat -- but who may nevertheless be the party's most prominent standard-bearer among grassroots activist.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, will be in Miami next Wednesday with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez as part of a tour titled "Come Together and Fight Back."
"At a time of massive income and wealth inequality and a shrinking middle class, we need a government which represents all Americans, not just Wall Street, multi-national corporations and the top 1 percent," the two men said in a joint statement. "Regardless of where they live or their political affiliations, most people understand that it is absurd for Republicans in Congress to support huge tax breaks for billionaires while pushing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. They understand that the recent Republican health care proposal which would have thrown 24 million Americans off of their health insurance, substantially raised premiums for older workers and defunded Planned Parenthood while, at the same time, providing almost $300 billion in tax breaks to the top 2 percent is a disgraceful idea."
The rally will take place at 7 p.m. at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami.