Beyond the corrupt campaign finance system, Sanders said Thursday that the political system itself—”which makes it hard for people to participate”—is now clearly at a crisis point.

“In November of 2014,” Sanders explained, “63 percent of people did not vote. Eighty percent of young people and low-income people did not vote. And I think the reason for that is that the Democratic Party up to now has not been clear about which side they are on on the major issues facing this country.”

“Here is the truth,” he continued. “You can’t be for Wall Street and for the working people of this country. You cannot be for the drug companies and the needs of senior citizens and veterans. You cannot be on the side of those workers who have lost their jobs because of disastrous trade agreements and support those corporations who have thrown millions of our workers out on the street. The Democratic Party has to reach a fundamental conclusion: Are we on the side working people or big money interests? Do we stand with the elderly, the children, and the sick and the poor, or do we stand with Wall Street speculators and the drug companies and the insurance companies?”

Sanders added, “Now our job is not just to revitalize the Democratic Party—not only to open the doors to young people and working people—our jobs is to revitalize American democracy.”

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