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Sanders' success surprised political establishment

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If Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign has entered a new phase, you wouldn't know if out on the campaign trail.

Sanders continues to campaign vigorously. His campaign rallies in Oregon Thursday featured the same enthusiastic crowds and the same talking points that Sanders has been delivering across the country. That's despite admissions earlier this week that he has little chance to win and is banking delegates to influence the Democratic Party agenda.

From the start, the success of Sanders in drawing support and raising money has surprised the political establishment. President Obama is among those who are impressed.

"We've seen some interesting work being done. You've got to give Bernie Sanders, for example, credit building off some of the work I did, I, in turn, built off of work that Howard Dean did, for smaller donations, grass-roots donors, to be able in small contributions to allow candidates to be competitive," the president said.

The president, though, does not agree with Sanders' criticism of his Wall Street reforms. Sanders has repeatedly called for breaking up big banks. President Obama called that idea unrealistic.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has been taking a break from the campaign trail the last couple of days after winning four of five primaries Tuesday. She's not just resting up but gearing up for the general election campaign and her likely opponent, Donald Trump. The Clinton campaign released a video offering an early look at their strategy to take on Trump, using his own words against him.

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