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Bernie Sanders

Vermont senator

    • U.S. senator from Vermont, 2007-present (longest-serving independent in congressional history)
    • born New York City, Sept. 8, 1941
    • graduated University of Chicago in 1964
    • U.S. House, 1991-2007
    • unsuccessful presidential candidate in 2016

Sanders on impeachment:

Slogan: Not me. Us.



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Health care

The Medicare-for-All plan put forth by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the most prominent supporter of the proposal, would guarantee no-cost coverage. It would effectively eliminate the private health insurance sector. *

The single-payer health care system run by the government would pay for the nation’s medical expenses for everything from primary care to dental services, long-term care and abortion.

He supports fully funding Planned Parenthood.

His plan would enroll all U.S. residents in a government-run health care program.

The plan, which is paid for by new taxes on the wealthy, does not subject consumers to any out-of-pocket spending on health aside from prescription drugs.

*”Oh my God, dear, the insurance premium is here, what a wonderful day. Oh wow, let’s celebrate, hey!”

Sanders, mocking the idea of families celebrating the status-quo insurance costs that he has pledged to eliminate.


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Vermont senator supports banning assault weapons and calls for the federal government to buy back the weapons. *

Sanders’ campaign has not specified whether the buybacks would be voluntary or mandatory.

Sanders also supports a ban on “high-capacity ammunition magazines.”

He supports universal background checks and cracking down on “straw purchases.”

Sanders frequently was attacked for repeatedly voting against a 1993 law that established federal background checks.

He supports federal laws to stop mass shootings and extreme gun violence.

*He is a co-sponsor of a Senate bill to ban assault weapons and voted in support of the proposed Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.

He has consistently voted since the 1980s to ban semi-automatic assault weapons.

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Climate change/environment

Under his initiative, the U.S. would spend more than $16 trillion (far above any other candidate’s proposal) over 10 years to eliminate all carbon pollution from the electricity and transportation sector by 2030 and transition to publicly-owned clean electricity and create 20 million new jobs. The rest of the economy would reach the same goal by 2050.

He supports nationwide bans on fracking, on new fossil fuel infrastructure, and on fossil fuel leases on public lands.

He supports high-speed rail, electric vehicles and public transit.

Sanders supports the Green New Deal, banning fracking and shutting down existing nuclear plants.

Sanders would institute a carbon tax and aim to slash U.S. emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

He calls for banning exports of coal, natural gas and crude oil.

“We’ve got to ask ourselves a simple question, ‘What do you do with an industry that knowingly, for billions of dollars in short-term profits, is destroying this planet?’ I say that is criminal activity that cannot be allowed to continue.”

Sanders said during the first night of the second debate round in Detroit, July 30, 2019

5 key moments from the Democratic debates

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Immigration/child-parent separation, detention and border wall

Senator agrees that crossing the border illegally should be a civil offense rather than a crime and rejects any further funding for the border wall.

Sanders said most immigrants in the US illegally would receive a path to citizenship.

He voted against creating ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

The senator seeks to end the “barbaric” practice of family separation.

Vermont senator’s plan would:

  • Include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants while expanding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents).
  • Reform immigration enforcement, including restructuring ICE ( Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
  • End family separation and the detention of children, as well as deportation programs and detention centers.
  • Establish independent oversight of agencies within the Department of Homeland Security, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and ICE.
  • “It is a serious problem, but it is not the kind of crisis that requires demonization of desperate people who in some cases have walked a thousand miles with their children,” Sanders said during a CNN interview.
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Economy/minimum wage/income inequality

His 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights pledges every American, regardless of his or her income, is entitled to the right to a decent job that pays a living wage, which is paid for by a tax on Wall Street speculation and a progressive estate tax.

He supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

He introduced a bill that would break up some of the country’s largest banks, has proposed new estate taxes on the inheritances of multimillionaires and billionaires.

“When you talk about good economy … talk to the workers who are making $9 an hour or $10 an hour,” Sanders said. “The truth is that half of the people in this country today, despite the good economy, are living paycheck to paycheck — and millions of people are working two or three jobs just to put food on the table.”

Sanders on ABC’s  “This Week”


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Education/student debt/free tuition

Sanders plans to eliminate all $1.6 trillion of student debt for 45 million borrowers and pay for it by raising taxes on Wall Street.

Senator would make tuition at four-year public colleges free for most Americans. He said states would be on the hook for 33 percent of the cost and the federal government would cover the rest.

Sanders also rolled out a plan to offer universal free meals to public school students.

He supports a ban on all public charter schools.

He proposed a minimum salary of $60,000 a year for teachers.

“If Donald Trump and his family could get more than $880 million in special tax breaks to build a real estate empire, we can damn well make sure every kid in America gets a good education, even if they don’t live in one of Mr. Trump’s luxury apartment buildings,” Sanders said during a speech in Orangeburg, South Carolina.


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Foreign policy

Sanders would pull US troops out of Syria and Afghanistan.

A longtime anti-war activist, Sanders voted against the Iraq war resolution in 2002.

Senator would end support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war.

He offered to go further than President Trump by labeling China a currency manipulator.

“There is a straight line from the decision to reorient U.S. national-security strategy around terrorism after 9/11 to placing migrant children in cages on our southern border.”

Sanders writing in “Foreign Affairs” 06/24/2019


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Sanders was one of 12 senators to urge Trump not to pull out of Iran nuclear deal.

Senator commits to pulling out of the war in Afghanistan.

Candidate identifies fighting climate change and global inequality as security threats on par with Russia and China.

He led bipartisan efforts to pass a War Powers Resolution to end the Trump administration’s support for the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen.

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During his first presidential run, Sanders was the first candidate to back marijuana legalization.

In 2015, he filed the first Senate bill to call for ending federal prohibition of marijuana, and he has supported legalizing marijuana for years.

Sanders co-sponsored Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act, which calls for legalizing marijuana at the federal level.

He pledges to legalize marijuana by executive order if elected president.

“It is time to decriminalize marijuana, as many states have already done, and end the failed war on drugs,” Sanders said.

Last year, about 600,000 people were arrested for possession of marijuana. Many of those people, disproportionately…

Posted by Bernie Sanders on Friday, April 20, 2018

“You can argue the plusses and minuses of marijuana, but marijuana ain’t heroin. So we have to end that and that’s what I will do as President of the United States. I believe we can do that through executive order and I will do that.”