Bernie Sanders calls for ‘fundamental transformation’ of Democratic Party


WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders called Tuesday for a “fundamental transformation” of the Democratic Party that would include new leadership at the Democratic National Committee, electoral reform and a progressive agenda that makes it “crystal clear” Democrats stand with working people and the poor.

The Vermont senator, speaking outside his Washington campaign headquarters, said his presidential campaign has been about “transforming America” and he plans to take that fight to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.

Sanders also called for open primaries — in which independents could vote for Democratic candidates — and for doing away with superdelegates, the party officials and leaders who are free to vote for the candidate of their choice at the convention. And he argued for same-day voter registration.