Bernie Sanders: Democrats will unify in 2020 'to defeat the most dangerous president'

Anna M. Tinsley and Kaley Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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Fort Worth's Ashley Lawson said she agrees with Sanders on this point, since her fiance was incarcerated and on probation during the last election, which left him unable to vote.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week reacted to the comment, writing in a tweet: "Bernie Sanders says Boston bomber should be able to vote from prison. Would he extend that to all proven jihadists in American jails? Some inmates might be able to govern the prisons they are locked in. America cannot be taken over by this lunacy."

"Bernie Sanders seems to get more radical by the week," said Christiana Purves, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, in a statement. "With calls to eliminate private health insurance, give health care to illegal immigrants, allow for the government-takeover of key industries and even give terrorists and sex offenders the right to vote from prison, Sanders' socialist schemes would bankrupt Texas and turn back the clock on progress."

Sanders was the third Democratic presidential candidate to campaign in Tarrant County -- one of the country's largest urban conservative strongholds -- in recent weeks, following Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who visited in March, and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who spoke earlier this month.

Many Democrats see opportunity in Tarrant after Democrat Beto O'Rourke beat Republican Ted Cruz in Tarrant County by 3,869 votes in November in the election for the U.S. Senate -- and a handful of Republicans were ousted from local offices.

Since Tarrant County has long been seen as a bellwether for Texas, Democrats now believe there's a way to make inroads and potentially help turn the state blue.

"I believe we can and will defeat Donald Trump here in Texas," Sanders said.


Texas is considered a crown jewel for Super Tuesday, when, next year, voters in 10 states head to the primary polls on March 3.

Shelbi Varnell brought her young daughter to see Sanders, who said she "liked it a lot."

"It's nice to hear him step into his power a little more," Varnell said. "It feels like he has more conviction than last time. It's very igniting."

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