Who is Bernie Sanders and where does he stand on important political issues?

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jcross373 | Student, Graduate | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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In 2012, Bernie Sanders successfully won his second term in the U.S. Senate with an astounding seventy-one percent of the vote. Sanders served for sixteen years in the House of Representatives. Sanders is known as the longest independent member of Congress that has served in U.S. history. Sanders was born in Brooklyn in 1941 and attended the University of Chicago. In the year of 1981, Sanders was barely elected to become mayor of Burlington and taught at John F. Kennedy School of Government before serving as a member in Congress. Sanders has always been concerned with the income gaps in the United States, as well as the diminishing middle class. In 2014, Sanders was responsible for reforming the VA healthcare system and he currently serves on the veteran's committee and on the Environment and Public Works Committee. Sanders is very concerned with global warming and has instructed that we need to switch from nonrenewable resources to other forms of energy, such as wind and solar. Sanders has pioneered for an improvement in our educational system as well as access to more cost efficient healthcare. Currently, Sanders is up for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. 

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Bernard "Bernie" Sanders  was  born September 8, 1941 to a Jewish family in New York; his father was a survivor of the Holocaust. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964. As a student, Sanders was active in the Civil Rights movement and already interested in politics. Sanders moved to Vermont, shortly after graduation, continued his political activism, and was a political candidate for small progressive parties as well as working in the nonprofit sector. He was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont in 1981 and served through 1989, and was responsible for implementing a downtown revitalization plan that led Burlington to win several awards for being one of the most livable small cities in the United States. 

In 1991, Sanders was elected to the House of Representatives as a independent. In his tenure at the house, he co-founded and chaired the Congressional Progressive Caucus. In 2006 he was elected to the Senate; although he ran as an Independent, he was endorsed by the Democratic Party in Vermont, and thus was not opposed by them in the election. He has continued to serve in the Senate. On April 30, 2015, he announced that he would campaign to be the Democratic candidate for President in the 2016 election. 

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Bernie Sanders is an American politician, currently running in an attempt to win the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.  Sanders is a US Senator from the state of Vermont.  He is officially not a Democrat.  Instead, he is an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats.  He considers himself to be a democratic socialist. 

For an in-depth look at Sanders’ stands on important issues, please follow the link below.  In general, though, Sanders takes very liberal stands on all important issues.  Some examples are as follows:

  • He wants to increase taxes on corporations and on the rich.
  • He wants to more than double the minimum wage by the year 2020.
  • He wants to have a universal health care system with a single payer.  In other words, he wants the government to provide health care for all instead of having insurance companies and such.
  • He wants the rich to pay Social Security taxes on more of their income so we can expand Social Security benefits.
  • He wants to cancel free trade agreements so as to require companies to manufacture their products in America if they want to sell to us.
  • He wants to make it easier for people who are in this country illegally to become citizens.

All of these are very liberal positions, making Sanders the most liberal major candidate for president in this election cycle.  Please follow the link below for more details on Sanders’ policy positions.

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