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Howard Dean tells California Sanders backers to ‘keep up the fight’

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean re-enacts “the scream'' during the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean re-enacts “the scream'' during the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. TNS

From the arena to ballrooms to the streets, this has proven a distressing week for the Bernie Sanders supporters who came to the Democratic National Convention still believing the Vermont Senator had a chance to win the party’s nomination.

Enter Howard Dean, former Vermont governor, national committee chairman, and unsuccessful 2004 presidential candidate, for some soothing. On Thursday, Dean launched into a pep talk of sorts to the young and dejected devotees of Sanders from California.

“Look, this is my tenth convention,” he said to a breakfast crowd that’s been voicing its frustrations with the results all week. “I have been to plenty of conventions where my candidate didn’t win, including 2004.”

But when a candidate doesn’t win, Dean said, they can fight another day.

“We are going to make this work,” he said, raising a favorite issue of Sanders’. “We want the kind of country where everybody benefits from the wealth that’s generated ... not a few people on Wall Street.”

“So keep it up. Keep up the fight,” he added. “This fight never ends. And if you think it does, the forces of creepiness and evil as you saw at convention in Cleveland are going to attack and take what you’ve earned and worked for.”

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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