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Bernie Sanders embarks on nine-state campaign tour

US DEMOCRAT Bernie Sanders is embarking on a nine-state tour in support of candidates in congressional elections next month.

The campaign tour, his largest since 2016 when a stitch-up by superdelegates at the Democratic National Convention saw Hillary Clinton beat him to become the party’s candidate for the presidency, is about “energising the base and bringing in young people and independent voters,” his 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver said.

Mr Sanders has not decided whether to run for the presidency in 2020, but polling suggested that, unlike Ms Clinton, he would have beaten Donald Trump in 2016 and the left of the party are keen to avoid another unpopular Establishment candidate.

“His message has reached across the Democratic base and positions him well … as the candidate who can best beat Trump,” Mr Weaver said.

Mr Sanders has made a number of interventions on workers’ rights, attacking Amazon and McDonald’s for paying poverty wages that effectively mean the companies leech off the public who pick up the tab for food stamps and other benefits.

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