Target: Senator Bernie Sanders
Goal: Run for president in the general election as a third party candidate.
While Bernie Sanders has not technically lost the Democratic primary election to Hillary Clinton, at this point he would need something approaching a miracle to win the nomination. In the race to 2,383 delegates, Sanders trails Clinton by a wide margin. It is all but certain that she will secure the nomination before the Democratic National Convention in July.
Regardless, there is no denying that Bernie Sanders’ campaign has triggered a major political movement. By harshly and repeatedly criticizing the undue influence of corporate money on our political system, Sanders has highlighted the lack of democracy characterizing our nation.
Now, millions of people are committed to overturning Citizens United v. FEC, the 2010 Supreme Court decision that gave corporations the right to spend unlimited funds on elections. Millions of people are demanding that the U.S. government join the rest of the developed world in offering its citizens free universal healthcare and free public college education. They are also demanding a $15 per hour minimum wage, a swift transition to sustainable energy, thorough regulation of Wall Street, and an overhaul of our criminal justice system.
Remarkably, Sanders has managed to inspire these people without the help of a Super PAC and in spite of the Democratic Party establishment, which heavily favors Hillary Clinton. The takeaway is clear: the American people want change.
That’s why, should he lose the primary election, Bernie Sanders must continue fighting for his cause. It is not enough to fold his campaign and help Hillary Clinton secure the presidency. Given the size of his voter base, Sanders has a unique opportunity to create a viable third party — a party of the people, committed to serving the 99 percent.
Meaningful change in this country will remain impossible as long as we have only two major political parties, both of which are subservient to the interests of a tiny minority of wealthy individuals. Please sign the below petition, urging Bernie Sanders to sustain the political revolution he ignited by running for president as an independent, third party candidate.
Millions of Americans have been inspired by the grit you have shown in standing up to the political establishment. Your grassroots presidential campaign has sparked a political revolution, with people across the country voicing support for democracy and equality. No longer are we willing to stand by while economic elites pay big money to rig the system.
Should you fail to win the Democratic nomination, I urge you to run in the general election as a third party candidate. We have made too much progress to throw it away by endorsing Hillary Clinton. You now have the opportunity to change the face of American politics by creating a viable third party — a party of the people. Please don’t pass it up.
[Your Name Here]
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