Bernie Sanders

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US Seantor from Vermont 2007- current
US House of Representatives 1991 -2007
Mayor of Burlington, Vermont 1981 - 1989
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Bernard Sanders was born September 8, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY. He attended elementary school at P.S. 197, where he won a state championship on the basketball team. He attended Hebrew school in the afternoons and had his bar mitzvah in 1954. Sanders later attended James Madison High School, where he was captain of the track team. Sanders went to Brooklyn College for a year before transferring to the University of Chicago where graduated with a degree in political science in 1964.

Sanders began his political career in 1971 as a member of the Liberty Union Party, which originated in the anti-war and people's party movement. He ran as the Liberty Union candidate for governor in 1972 and 1976 and as a candidate for senator in 1972 and 1974. In 1981, Sanders ran for mayor of Burlington and defeated six-term Democratic incumbent Gordon Paquette by 10 votes in a four-way contest. He won three additional terms, defeating both Democratic and Republican candidates in successive elections.

In 1988, Sanders ran for Vermont's at-large congressional district, but was defeated. He ran for the seat again in 1990 and won as the first independent elected to the US House in 40 years. Sanders entered the race for the U.S. Senate on April 21, 2005, after Senator Jim Jeffords announced that he would not seek a fourth term. In the most expensive political campaign in Vermont's history, Sanders defeated businessman Rich Tarrant by an approximately 2-to-1 margin.

Sanders announced his intention to seek the Democratic Party's nomination for president on April 30, 2015, and officially launched his campaign on May 26th.


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Submitted by Carlye (not verified) on

Bernie Sanders rocks!

Submitted by Galen Smyth (not verified) on

Dear Bernie,

We're counting on you. I am eleven years old and I think you are great when I listen to you on the radio. I will feel safe if you are President. And I'm also really hoping to invite some Syrian refugees to live with us in our home. Keep on going. You are amazing~!

Take good care of yourself, too!

Galen & Rebecca (mom)

Submitted by Katie Molby (not verified) on

I graduated from university with a political science major in 2014. While I was studying I met a professor that taught The 60s, and he always joked that we were all lazy and would have no 401ks. This pissed me off.
After college I lived in South Korea and traveled around parts of Europe. Oh and I also have the internet with constant access to the world. THE. ENTIRE. WORLD! I've seen aspects of other governments that I would not want to live under. Yet I've seen aspects of other governments which seemed to me, were working in the favor of their citizens.
It dawned on me when you gave your first few speeches, my government doesn't work for me anymore but I'm still paying them.

You've got my vote. Take care of yourself!

Submitted by Mathew (not verified) on

I am an eleven year old kid who lives in the middle of the woods, in a very republican area. I am a Democrat in a sea of Republicans which can make it difficult to find friends. Bernie Sanders is the only person running for president that I would tell everyone at school that I support him. I was greatly honored when I was able to hear you live. I have convinced my mom to vote for you and I hope with all my heart that you will become president. Who doesn't want tuition free college, and be able to survive on a living wage when I grow up. I believe in you Bernie. You are my hero!

Submitted by Joyce Zhong (not verified) on

Good afternoon, Senator.

I am 17 years old. I am also a feminist. And despite my age which probably makes it weird to even talk about, I must encourage the taboo topic of legalizing sex work onto your impending presidency.

You claim you are a feminist. Part of feminism promotes autonomy over one's body. But often, people skim past the legalization of sex work (which includes allowing autonomy over one's body) that feminism encloses. Sex work is tainted by our society's puritanical views of sex. However, sex work is the same as every other type of service job. The difference between people supporting a masseuse and chastising sex work is their religious, moralistic view of sex. And it is unfair for those people to demand and enact control over someone who does not have the same type of background and perspective, just like abortion. Sex work can be dangerous- I understand. But we don't see anyone criminalizing construction workers or logging workers for that. Again, the criminalization of sex work is blackened by society's puritanical beliefs of sex.

Sex work, like marijuana, have the potential to be economically advantageous for our country. I encourage the candidate that I have excessively tweeted about (in hopes of educating others about you), the candidate that I actively phone bank for, and the candidate whom I spent my time away from studying for AP tests to write to because I know you will listen to our generation, to consider the protection of sex workers.

Legalizing sex work is not radical. It is simply challenging the status quo so often fed to us by Western, religious "morals".

Thank you, Mr. Bernie Sanders.


Joyce Zhong
Junior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Submitted by Andrea (not verified) on

Hey Bernie! I am living abroad in Germany and I think you should be our next president. Many of the causes you are fighting for are already in place over here and they have worked for decades. I'm not sure why many Americans are blind to what is going on, but it is unfortunate that things are this way. Keep fighting the good fight!

Submitted by ROB ALLEN (not verified) on

I was watching MSNBC today , and i believe it was a Clinton representative that said " Hillary will win California" he also mentioned a few other states that he more or less said " were in the bag" . I believe your campaign can capitalize on those statements because he basically said that the election was over , and the upcoming states that are going to vote " really dont matter" .. No one wants to hear that their vote doesn't matter ,, I believe if you were to make a few commercials replaying what the hillary representative said , I think it would change the minds of a lot of the voters in those states he mentioned. Also I pretty much know for a fact that if Independants were allowed to vote in all states , you would already be the Democratic nominee ...

Submitted by Tessa Amy ingraham (not verified) on

We want you to win or still impact the future

Submitted by Jenny (not verified) on

Your too old for god sake

Submitted by Ella (not verified) on

You're too negative for gods sake

Submitted by Ella (not verified) on

Sorry the negative thing was meant for the person commenting about the old thing not you Bernie sorry

Submitted by Kelly De Hoff (not verified) on

if by chance bernie sanders ever reads this, I would like to address this to him:

Thank you bernie....thank you for giving us hope again, thank you for always being a great humanitarian. we need a humanitarian in the white house. we have had enough of greedy corporate, evil stooges. You have given the people such hope that I can feel it in the air. I love you bernie for doing what you have done your whole life, I love you for speaking the truth even when Its ugly and most of all I thank you for making us remember that this is suppose to be a country for the people, by the people. not against the people for the corporations. I pray every day that you win this election and if you do, I know in my heart you will be one of the greatest presidents in history. We love you bernie and all of us who want our america back, thank you very profoundly for being such a great, kind, intelligent heart felt man!

Submitted by Ella (not verified) on

Dear whoever is reading this,

I'm only eleven but I really want Bernie sanders to win! If I could vote I really would vote for Bernie but my parents caucused anyway. I watch Bernie sanders' speeches up in my tree every day and I think they are wonderful. College is really expensive and I think making public colleges free or even just reducing the price will really help! We live in Washington and I have been trying to get my Hillary supporter friends to convince their parents that Bernie is the best option. I hope we succeed in California! #feelthebern


Submitted by Arthur Martin (not verified) on

The con continues, the king of misinformation plays his games; he has you all mesmerized, and you are all too close to the action to see the con: Whilst you watch his left hand, he isn’t stealing your wallet with his right hand, he’s spiriting away your democracy, stealing your nation, from under your very noses; it’s all so easy, so very, very, easy.
Wake up America, before it’s too late; look to history similar has all happened before. Trump is just another Hitler .

Arthur Martin , Cambridge , New Zealand

Submitted by Arthur Martin , NZ (not verified) on

Doesn’t the cancellation of a new ‘Air Force One’ put American air plane workers jobs at risk ?

Aging 'tree hugging hippies' lament ;-

In the flower of our youth we called for love throughout the earth
a naive global ' love in ' , sharing happiness and mirth
the dreams of many held the day
the evil ones being kept at bay
we cared for everything
and everyone ; it really was that way
Now the rich eat all the fat and the rest aren't left a bean
and people die in misery the sight is so obscene
the planets lungs are dwindling
our fellow travelers cry
the irony , that in the end the greedy too will die
Our planet chokes on platitudes !
do we deserve custodianship ?
do we need to change our attitudes ?
or into further strife we’ll slip ?
what legacy do we leave behind
if we do not make a stand ?
what fate awaits the human race , our planet , our land ?


Submitted by Marirose (not verified) on

We love you. I want you to know the wave of belief you've created in me and the people we know. No matter what happens, we'll always be grateful that you came through.

Submitted by Shirley Lewis (not verified) on

Thank you for being a great statesman. I am a Canadian so maybe I shouldn't comment but it gives me hope for the world just knowing your in it. Keep smiling .

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