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buy canada goose jacket cheap Sanders’ record in special congressional races hasnot been much better, albeit against much steeper odds. Last month, he barnstormed Montana, where Trump defeated Clinton by 20 percentage points, for House candidate Rob Quist, a folk musician and single payer health care advocate who supported Sanders in the primary. Quist ultimately came up 6 points short in the May 25 special election, despite his Republican opponent Greg Gianforte’s assault of a reporter the previous day. buy canada goose jacket cheap

Of course, Sanders followers acknowledge that high profile, national electoral victories are often the end result of long term organizing.

In his speech to the People’s Summit on Saturday evening, Sanders plans to emphasize canada goose deals progress in the policy conversation, according to advance excerpts of the speech received by HuffPost. Among other things, he sees headway being made in the support of a majority of congressional Democrats for a $15 minimum wage, a cause for which he can rightly claim credit as anearly champion.

“We may have lost the canada goose coats on sale election in 2016 but, because of the grass roots efforts of activists throughout the country, we have made enormous progress in advancing the progressive agenda,” Sanders’ prepared remarks state. “Ideas that, just a few years ago, seemed radical and unattainable are now part of Main Street discussion and, in fact, some of them are being implemented across the country as we speak.”.

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