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Bernie Sanders

Biography

  • Mayor of Burlington, VT (1981-89)
  • Member of the House of Representatives (1991-2007)
  • Senator of Vermont (2007-Present)
  • Presidential Candidate (2016, 2020)

Signature Policies

Medicare for All

  • Single-payer national health insurance program
  • Every American receives comprehensive healthcare coverage
  • Free at the point of service

Green New Deal

  • Rejoin the Paris Agreement
  • Make a 100% renewable energy system
  • Create 20 million climate-related jobs
  • Donate $200 million to the Green Climate Fund

Issues at Home

Gun Control

  • End the gun show loophole and expand background checks
  • Prohibit assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines
  • Support "red flag laws"
  • Prohibit the 3D printing of bump stocks and firearms

Economy

  • Strengthen the Fair Housing Act
  • Invest $2.5 trillion to build around 10 million affordable units
  • Implement a national rent control
  • Help Puerto Rico rebuild from Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Criminal Justice

  • Prohibit for-profit detention centers and prisons
  • Abolish minimum mandatory sentences, three strikes laws, and the death penalty
  • Prohibit policing via facial recognition software
  • Expand the use of alternatives to detention

Students

  • Cancel student loan debt
  • Cap student loan interest rates going forward at 1.88%
  • Expand Pell grants to cover non-tuition and fee costs
  • Supports the striking graduate students fighting for better pay at UC schools

Issues Abroad

Immigration

  • Break up CBP and ICE and redistribute their functions
  • Reunite separated families
  • Complete a thorough audit of past policies and practices
  • Welcome refugees and asylum-seekers

Foreign Policy

  • Let Congress re-establish its Constitutional role in warmaking
  • End U.S. support for the Saudi intervention in Yemen
  • Rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement

Controversies

  • Sanders praised Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's initiatives, including his literacy program. Although he acknowledged Castro's corrupt tactics to remain in power, his comments angered the Cuban population of Florida
  • In 2018, Sanders allegedly remarked to Warren that a woman couldn't succeed in the general elections. This question plagued him during the Iowa debates in January
  • Sanders' campaign became aware that Russia was trying to influence the election in their favor. However, he condemned their efforts

Sources: Bernie Sanders, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Politico, Miami Herald, The Daily Beast, CNN

Photo Credits: Bernie Sanders/Gage Skidmore/Flickr/CC-BY SA 2.0; Bernie Sanders for President/Phil Roeder/Flickr/CC-BY 2.0; Bernie Sanders/Mark Mathosian/Flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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