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Bernie Sanders for President 2016

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Claire Brown

on 11 May 2015

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Transcript of Bernie Sanders for President 2016

About Bernie Sanders
Current U.S. Senator of Vermont; Independent Party
Running for U.S. President in 2016 elections as Democrat
Longest Independent congressional member in U.S. history
Political Positions
Education:
recognizes student loan debt crisis and seeks to alleviate the costs of higher education while providing opportunities for programs to offset costs for lower class
Israel & Palestine:
believes both Israel and Palestine have the right to exist as states, peaceful and secure
Healthcare:
promotes primary healthcare access for all
GMOs:
believes consumers have the right to know what is in their food; supports GMO labeling
Equal Women's Pay:
believes in fairness of pay; discrepancies in pay should not be based on gender; only on qualifications
About Bernie Sanders
Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1941
Attended Brooklyn College and University of Chicago
Political offices held:
Mayor of Burlington, 1981-1989
U.S. House of Representatives, 1991-2007
U.S. Senate, 2007-present
Currently lives in Vermont
Married with four children, seven grandchildren
Bernie Sanders for President 2016
Support & Opposition
Supporters-
progressive American citizens, members of the Independent party & Democratic party
Opposition-
from Conservative & Republican citizens
Strengths & Weaknesses
Strengths-
strong finances in previous campaigns, well known for his many years in politics
Weaknesses-
nearly 75 years old, labeling himself as a "socialist" (self-proclaimed "Democratic Socialist")
Recent News
"I am very glad that my Republican colleagues are now beginning to focus on veterans' issues, and we need to step up to the plate to help not only our veterans but their families," Sanders said, objecting to the VA Management Accountability Act.
"I am disappointed, and--frankly--shocked that Senate Democratic leaders chose to block legislation that would hold VA managers accountable." -House Speaker John Boehner, (R.,Ohio)
On the debate over the bill to hold Veterans' Affairs managers accountable for their actions:
Recent Online Activity
Likelihood of Winning the White House
RawStory reports Sanders will not win, but he will challenge American politics and bring about change without holding the office

US News reports Sanders will give Hillary Clinton 'a run for her money.' He is not expected to win but will still be a threat for his Democratic opponent
Sources
Claire Brown
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