What They’re Saying: The “Pity Rally”

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PHOENIX — It was David Garcia’s big moment, and it was a flop. Sparsely attended. “Awkward” moments, captured by national media. A “pity rally,” as one commentator called it. Bernie Sanders campaigning for Garcia in Arizona — “Bernie-Garcia 2018,” as it’s become known. Even before Bernie landed in Arizona, the rallies had little potential to benefit Garcia. Fewer than 1 in 3 likely Arizona voters have a favorable view of Bernie Sanders (Poll, 10/23/18).

Here’s what the press had to say about Bernie Sanders’s Arizona trip:

CBS 5: “Bernie Sanders is here specifically to campaign for David Garcia… It was a small but loud crowd for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The room about half full… With two weeks left in the election, Garcia trails in the polls and in fundraising… It’s also worth noting that a number of high-profile Democrats like Kyrsten Sinema as well as former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton chose not to attend this rally tonight.” (CBS 5, 10/23/18)

Mac & Gaydos, KTAR: “A sinking ship… David Garcia has lost the election. There’s no way that they can make up ground, so what you’re watching is a pity rally.” (KTAR, 10/24/18)

The Atlantic: “As Sanders worked the crowd at the end of the event, Garcia trailed him a little awkwardly, hoping to catch some of the students’ outstretched hands.” (The Atlantic, 10/25/18)

Arizona Capitol Times: “But his strategy may be lacking. Polls show Garcia trailing Gov. Doug Ducey by double digits… Sanders lost to Hillary Clinton by double digits in Arizona.” (Arizona Capitol Times, 10/23/18)

Joe Ferguson, Arizona Daily Star: “Turnout is a bit low for (David Garcia), despite the big name Democrat support. #AZGov” (Twitter, 10/23/18)

Joe Ferguson, Arizona Daily Star: “The crowd for (David Garcia) continues to grow but a fraction of the size of the crowd @BernieSanders drew in 2016. #AZGov” (Twitter, 10/23/18)


About Doug Ducey:

Doug Ducey is committed to securing Arizona’s future. In his first year as governor, he took a $1 billion deficit and balanced the budget, without raising taxes. He is committed to improving K-12 education, and has added nearly $2.7 billion to Arizona public schools. He’s cut regulations to stimulate jobs and has reduced taxes every year. In addition, Governor Ducey launched Arizona’s Border Strike Force, to enhance security along Arizona’s southern border and stop cartels and human traffickers.

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