PHILADELPHIA — In a preview of what may follow his presidential campaign, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that his national political revolution will be localized.
He made the remarks in a breakfast meeting of delegates to the Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin and other states.
Sanders’ White House bid formally dead-ended later Tuesday at the convention, at which Hillary Clinton became the party’s nominee for president.
In a speech to kick off the convention Monday night, Sanders urged his supporters to back Clinton — a suggestion some welcomed and others booed.
At a Tuesday morning breakfast for convention delegates from Wisconsin, Montana and Alaska, all of which went for Sanders in their primaries, the independent from Vermont was greeted by chants of “Bernie, Bernie!”
Many of those delegates were wondering what’s next for Sanders and the loyal liberal movement he built during the last year.
Sanders hinted at it without providing details.
“Our campaign is going to transition to another organization that is going to support candidates running for school board, for city council, the state Legislature,” Sanders said. “Our job is to bring people into the political process around a progressive agenda.”
Sanders’ campaign didn’t immediately respond to a Wisconsin State Journal request to explain what’s next. Sanders often has spoken throughout his campaign about the need to elect progressives at all levels of government, not just the White House.
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Reprising many of the themes from his convention speech, Sanders emphasized his support for reducing income inequality, boosting the minimum wage and broadening access to health care. He cited many areas in which he agrees with Clinton and contrasted them with Trump’s positions.
Sanders, 74, on Tuesday called Trump “the worst, least prepared candidate for president in my lifetime.”
Sanders also urged his supporters not to give up the fight.
“We have got to ... stay focused on our issues and force every level of government to represent working people,” Sanders added.
Meanwhile Tuesday, Democratic Senate campaign officials said they’re talking with Sanders about how he can help their efforts to retake the Senate majority this fall.
Sanders has already sent out a fundraising plea on behalf of Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold of Middleton.
Christie Roberts, political director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, says Sanders’ message of “economic populism” will resonate in Wisconsin — one of Democrats’ top pickup opportunities — against incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Oshkosh.
Democratic strategists say Sanders could be helpful around the country talking about middle-class economic issues. The DSCC is talking with Sanders “to see how he can help and where he can be helpful,” said spokeswoman Sadie Weiner.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.