Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – After suffering some big losses in 2016, the national Democratic Party is trying to rally the troops, and the nationwide tour includes a stop in Utah.
It’s the “Come Together, Fight Back” tour. Utah is one of nine stops along the way, and Democrats are bringing out the big guns.
Just last year, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took our state Democratic caucuses by storm. He won 80 percent of the party vote over eventual nominee, Hillary Clinton.
Now, he’s back to unite the party. He told this crowd not to be discouraged by the Republican stronghold on the Beehive State.
“Which puts you in a great position. You have no place to go, but up,” said Sanders.
Sanders drew cheers as he spoke about a bill he is sponsoring to make public colleges and universities tuition free, called for universal health care and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Sanders says the party turned it’s back on some states, and that was a mistake.
He says from now on his party will be a party for 50 states.
“And that includes the beautiful state of Utah,” said Sanders.
But, as Sanders teams up with DNC Chair Tom Perez for this unity tour, some question whether the two are on the same page.
Perez was booed by some as he addressed the crowd, and before the rally we were expecting a joint interview with the two.
“We are going to be together today. I don’t exactly know where Senator Sanders is now,” Perez told reporters.
Perez says they both want what’s best for the party, and downplays any divide.
“When we talk about the issues, and we talk about our values what we have in common far exceeds what our differences are,” said Perez.
Perez insists the party will support candidates here in Utah, and that includes financially. He says the Democratic Party is here to stay, and here to fight.