O’Rourke Gives a Nod to Sanders as Vermont Senator's Poll Numbers 'Plummet'

Bernie Sanders meanwhile has a message for Kamala Harris. He’s going to win her home state of California

U.S. Presidential Candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in New York, United States March 2, 2019.
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke says he’s glad Bernie Sanders is also running and that the country “owes so much” to the Vermont senator for his persistence and leadership to move the country closer to embracing universal health care.

O’Rourke said while making his first campaign stop in Las Vegas Saturday night that he won’t speak ill of any other Democrat seeking the nomination and instead wants to bring the country together.

The former Texas congressman told Democrats in a packed living room that the deserts and mountains of Las Vegas remind him of his home in El Paso and declared “Me encanta.”

Shortly after O’Rourke landed in Las Vegas Saturday afternoon, he met privately with D. Taylor, president of the national labor group Unite Here and former leader of the powerful Culinary Union of casino workers.

Bernie Sanders meanwhile has a message for Kamala Harris. He’s going to win her home state of California.

The Vermont senator made the boast Saturday during an outdoor rally in downtown Los Angeles that attracted thousands of cheering supporters, who packed into a city park and lined the steps of City Hall.

The Vermont senator who finished in second place behind Hillary Clinton in California’s 2016 presidential primary is on a swing through San Diego, L.A. and San Francisco.

A recent CNN poll however found Sander's popularity "plummeting" among all voter groups. The CNN poll from Thursday "puts Sanders favorable rating at 46% compared to an unfavorable rating of 45% among registered voters."  At the end of his 2016 presidential bid, CNN notes, "Sanders had a 59% favorable rating to 36% unfavorable rating among all voters in a CNN poll taken in June 2016." 

Sanders told the crowd “our job is to complete the revolution we began” in his first campaign. He said while President Donald Trump is dividing the nation “we are going to bring our people together.”

Sanders early, three-city swing is a sign that he plans an aggressive campaign in heavily Democratic California, the biggest prize in the 2020 primary.