Where Is Bernie Sanders? Election Day Will Be A Busy One For The Democrats
It's been a rough road for one-time Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders. After losing the Democratic primary and opting to endorse his former rival Hillary Clinton in the general election Sanders faced biting criticism from many of his supporters. Yet Sanders, determined to see Republican nominee Donald Trump defeated at the polls Nov. 8, spent much of this year's general election cycle urging voters to show up at the polls for Clinton. Sanders continues to campaign for Clinton as Election Day nears, but where will he be that night?
In the final week before Election Day, Sanders had been hard at work stumping from Hillary Clinton. While many of us were nursing Halloween candy-induced hangovers on Nov. 1, Sanders kicked off an intense coast-to-coast tour of 12 states with rallies in New Hampshire and Maine. Day two of his campaign tour had Sanders holding rallies in Michigan and Wisconsin on Nov. 2 before speaking to voters in Ohio and appearing alongside Clinton and singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams in North Carolina on Nov. 3.
Sanders held three rallies in Iowa and one in Nebraska on Nov. 4 and was scheduled to hold rallies in Ames, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Nov. 5. The Vermont senator will reportedly push Clinton's economic policies in a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Nov. 6 before urging California voters to say yes to both Clinton and Proposition 61 during rallies in Los Angeles and Sacremento on Nov. 7. Sanders is also reportedly expected to visit Nevada at some point before Election Day, although an exact date has not been released.
Phew! Sanders' schedule certainly sounds exhausting, but it appears the senator has no plans to slow down. While many of us are hung up on what will happen Nov. 8, Sanders is mapping out what he'll be doing Nov. 9.
"I am currently working as hard as I can to see that Donald Trump is defeated, that Hillary Clinton is elected president, and that Democrats gain control of the U.S. House and Senate," Sanders wrote in a column about his post-election plans for the Boston Globe. "The day after the election, working with millions of grass-roots activists, I intend to do everything possible to make certain that the new president and Congress implement the Democratic platform, the most progressive agenda of any major political party in the history of the United States."
Sanders has said he's committed to pushing progressive policies no matter who walks away victorious from Election Day. In a Sept. 16 interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Sanders said he'd "try to overcome my depression and then figure out where we go from there" should he wake up to news of a Trump Administration Nov. 9.
It's not 100 percent clear where Sanders will be on Election Day — the senator may join Clinton in New York for her election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center or excuse himself in order to cast his ballot in person back home. Wherever he is on Election Day, Sanders will likely be watching voter results with as much anticipation as the rest of us.