Bernie Sanders Visits Georgia!

Feb 17, 2016

Bernie Sanders brought his presidential campaign to Atlanta with a rally at Morehouse College. Sanders was introduced by State Sen. Vincent Fort, who earlier in the day had switched his presidential support from Hillary Clinton to Sanders. Atlanta rapper Killer Mike also offered an impassioned endorsement of the Vermont senator. Sanders is trying to chip away at Clinton’s support among African American voters as southern states, including Georgia, prepare to vote on March 1st. Clinton, meanwhile, called for the end of “systemic racism” in a speech in Harlem. Will Sanders be able to find a fissure in Clinton’s “firewall” and be competitive in the south?

On the Republican side, with the South Carolina primary looming, former President George W. Bush went to the Palmetto State to campaign for his brother, Jeb. Frontrunner Donald Trump blew up conventional GOP orthodoxy and blamed the former president for destabilizing the Middle East by going to war in Iraq. Trump also threatened to sue Sen. Ted Cruz for using Trump’s words in anti-Trump campaign ads, as Marco Rubio also accused Cruz of lying. John Kasich continues to plow the high road. Will Trump maintain his lead when South Carolinians vote? Does Cruz pull the upset? And who finishes second? And finally, who moves on to the SEC primary and beyond? Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday. Less than a day after his death, politics reared its ugly head with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying that the Senate should not confirm the late Justice’s replacement until after the 2016 election. Many of the Republicans running for president echoed McConnell’s sentiments, with Sen. Cruz threatening a filibuster. President Obama has said that he will fulfill his Constitutional requirement to nominate Scalia’s replacement. Will the president’s nominee get an up or down vote before the next president is sworn in? 

Here is the NY Times article Bill referenced during the show. And be sure to follow us on Twitter to join the conversation at @politicsgpb 

The panel weighs in on all this and more!


Bradley George – GPB Morning Edition Host

Dr. Andra Gillespie – Emory University

Tharon Johnson – Democratic Political Consultant

Todd Rehm