Christian Science Monitor
Bernie Sanders' still-impassioned campaign electrified debate over a draft of the Democratic Party's policy positions Saturday, winning concessions on climate change but failing to include opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
During a frequently combative session in an Orlando hotel ballroom Saturday, members of the Democratic National Convention's full Platform Committee voted down amendments to the party platform to explicitly oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. But Sanders supporters exploded in cheers when they won environmental amendments that included support for pricing greenhouse gases, prioritizing renewable energy and limiting fracking.
"None of this would have happened in this forum without Bernie Sanders pushing this issue front and center over and over again," said environmentalist Bill McKibben, a supporter of the Vermont senator. Recommended: US political convention history: How much do you know?
Hillary Clinton backers offered support for the environmental language, but stressed that pricing greenhouse gases was a reflection of the views of some party members and was not a part of her current climate plans. "Her plan is clearly articulated on her website," said Energy Policy Adviser Trevor Houser. "It's not her plan." Test your knowledge US political convention history: How much do you know? Photos of the Day Photos of the weekend
Since Mrs. Clinton effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Sanders has aggressively campaigned to include his progressive policies in the party platform.