Watch: Bernie Sanders launches new group to support progressive candidates for office
When Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his hard-fought presidential campaign in July, he ceremoniously endorsed his formal rival, now-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
But instead of immediately hitting the campaign trail for her, the Vermont senator dropped out the Democratic party and became an independent again. He now is continuing his fight for progressive policies another way: by forming a new group called "Our Revolution." The group officially launched on Wednesday night.
Putting the pressure back on Clinton
"Our Revolution" was created to advance Sanders' progressive policy agenda beyond the presidential race. Specifically, the group's intention is to help candidates across the country who share Sanders' main goals of fighting income inequality and combatting special interests.
But it could also serve to revive some of the leftward pressure Sanders put on Clinton during the primary.
Clinton moving back to the center
Sanders presence in the primary campaign was instrumental in pushing Clinton to embrace more progressive positions on a number of issues, from economic inequality to the environment and trade.
But since Sanders exited the race, Clinton has shifted focus towards appealing to moderate voters. In August, her campaign launched a group called Together for America, created specifically to show off how many high-profile Republicans were voting for Clinton.
'Our Revolution' puts progressives back in the spotlight
Now, with the launch of 'Our Revolution,' it seems Sanders wants to mobilize his large base of supporters to start putting pressure on candidates once again to embrace policies like Medicare-for-all, carbon pricing, and tuition-free college.
On Wednesday night, thousands of his supporters are expected to gather at more than 2,600 launch events and house parties across the country to watch the launch of his group.
"It's time for all of us to get to work"
"During our campaign we assembled a movement of millions of people ready to fight for the country we know we can become," Sanders said via an email to supporters.
"Now it's time for all of us to get to work. At this meeting, I and others will lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November and win the major upcoming fights for the values we share."