Sanders’ campaign motto: ‘Not me, us’

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“OUR campaign motto, ‘Not Me, Us,’ is about bringing people together,” Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign director Shannon Jackson said on Friday.

Shannon Jackson, a campaign director of Sen. Bernie Sanders, and his wife Colleen Jackson pose at The Shack on Friday.  Photo by Bryan Manabat

In an interview before the NMI Democratic Party Caucus on Saturday that was won by Sanders, Jackson said the campaign is bringing different people together to make the country and the world a better place.

Jackson said Sanders’ platform includes college for all, Medicare for all, jobs for all, childcare for all, livable wages for all, and housing for all.

“It’s making sure that we are investing in people, not just the top 1%,” Jackson added.

Sanders, he said, is a better choice to challenge Republican President Donald Trump.

“Sanders is a fighter; he is consistent, he is honest, and he is trustworthy,” Jackson said. “We really need to come together as a country, and the fact that the CNMI as well as the other territories have not always been full participants in the American government is something we need to change.”

He added, “We need to make sure that they have the benefits from the federal programs and that they have a seat at the table.”

Jackson also mentioned Sanders’ Green New Deal that would invest $16.3 trillion to “solve the climate crisis,” including helping the CNMI prepare for and recover “from the impacts of climate change.”

Asked about the islands’ workforce issues, Jackson said Sen. Sanders wants to take a comprehensive look into the nation’s immigration system.

“These are issues that need to be dealt with,” he added.

Taking a swipe at Trump’s immigration policy, Jackson said, “The [federal] government presently is doing things that are not moral and are not correct.”

A native of the state of Vermont, Jackson said he was really impressed with Sanders’ “unwavering moral compass.”

The Vermont senator, he added, is “driven — he is fighting for the good of all and I really respect that.”

In 2016, Jackson ran Sen. Sanders’ reelection campaign in Vermont.

“So, the thing that I really love about our campaign is that we live our values — it’s not me, it’s about us. It’s about everyone,” Jackson said.

Sanders won the NMI Democratic Party caucus on Saturday, receiving 84 votes, while former Vice President Joe Biden, who is considered the national front-runner, garnered 48 votes. This means Sanders will be supported by four of the NMI’s six delegates to the Democratic National Convention. The other two NMI delegates will vote for Biden in the convention set for July 13-16 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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