- "We have just put together a multigenerational, multiracial coalition which is not only going to win in Nevada, it's going to sweep this country."
- Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, congratulated him on his "good performance," but also highlighted the differences between them.
- Former Vice President Joe Biden said he felt "really good" with the support he obtained in Nevada.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) won Nevada’s Democratic presidential caucuses on Saturday, several media outlets reported. One of the first to congratulate Sanders on the victory was none other than the President of the United States, Donald Trump. “Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst debate performance in the history of Presidential Debates. Congratulations Bernie, & don’t let them take it away from you!”
Sanders, meanwhile, addressed a raucous rally, with supporters chanting “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” in San Antonio, Texas. “Let me thank the people of Nevada for their support, we have just put together a multigenerational, multiracial coalition which is not only going to win in Nevada, it’s going to sweep this country.”
According to American cable news channel, MSNBC, 53% of Latino Democrats voted for Sanders in the state, especially for his promises on initiatives touching on matters of health, economy, and immigration. The next Democratic primaries will take place in the state of South Carolina on February 29.
On Saturday night, with official results being released slowly, Sanders was quick to claim victory. In his speech, the Senator reiterated promises to reform the health system, fight against climate change, control gun ownership, and increase the minimum wage. “The American people are sick and tired of a government which is based on greed, corruption, and lies. They want an administration which is based on the principles of justice.”
One of his opponents, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, congratulated him on his “good performance,” but also highlighted the differences between them. The former mayor declared that his rival considers “capitalism as the root of all evil.” Buttigieg said Sanders would go beyond reform, and reorder the economy in ways most Democrats, let alone most Americans, won’t support.
“We must change what it feels like to live in the United States of America,” Buttigieg said. “And that is a real difference from Senator Sanders’ revolution with the tenor of combat and division, and polarization, leading to a future where whoever wins the day, nothing changes the toxic tone of our politics.”
Virtually tied with Sanders in Iowa, and winning last week in New Hampshire, Buttigieg is well-positioned in the Democratic race as the primaries now head to South Carolina, and then to Super Tuesday on March 3. Fourteen states will have primary elections on that day.
With the Democratic competition getting tighter, some candidates like Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) will be pressured to decide whether to continue campaigning or to give up altogether. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who came from disappointing results in the first two states that organized the primaries, said he felt “really good” with the support he obtained in Nevada.
“We got some of the best union support, I think better than anybody in the whole damn race,” Biden said. “I think we’re in the position now to move on in a way that we haven’t been until this moment,” he added. “I think we are going to go, we’re going to win in South Carolina, and then Super Tuesday and we are on our way.” Said the former Vice President.