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  Sanders, Bernie
NameBernie Sanders
Address72 Killarney Drive
Burlington, Vermont 05402, United States
Born September 08, 1941
Died Still Living (72 years)
ContributorClassical Liberal
Last ModifiedRBH
Nov 18, 2013 11:33am
Tags Caucasian - Jewish - Polish - Socialist - Very Liberal - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Anti-Death Penalty - Anti-Missile Defense - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Health Care Reform - Pro Environment - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Labor - Judaism - Straight -
InfoBernard ("Bernie") Sanders has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991, representing the state of Vermont as an Independent Socialist. He is currently running for the Senate, in the seat vacated by James Jeffords. He is the only independent member of the House, and is one of very few self-described socialists elected to federal office in the United States in recent times.

The son of a Polish immigrant, Sanders was born in New York and educated at Brooklyn College and the University of Chicago. He settled in Vermont in 1964. He was a member of the anti-Vietnam War Liberty Union Party, and in the 1970s was a candidate for state-wide office four times.

In 1981 Sanders ran for Mayor of Burlington, the largest city in Vermont. He defeated the six-term Democratic incumbent by 12 votes. Increasingly popular because of his successful revitalization of the downtown area, he won three more terms as Mayor of Burlington, defeating Democratic and Republican candidates.

Sanders lost his bid for the office of Governor of Vermont in 1986 and a race to become Vermont's member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988. But in 1990 he ran again for the House, this time successfully.

Sanders has held his seat for six successive terms, defeating both Democratic and Republican candidates, and becoming the longest-serving independent member of the House. In 1992 he took 57.8% of the vote to his Republican and Democratic opponents' respective 30.9% and 7.9% of the vote. In 1994, the year of a resounding mid-term Republican victory, he took 49.9% to his Republican opponent's 46.6%. In 1996 he took 55.2% to his Republican and Democratic opponents' respective 32.6% and 9.3%. In 1998, he trounced his Republican opponent 63.4% to 32.9%. In 2000, he took 69.2% to his Republican and Democratic opponents' respective 18.3% and 5.3%. In 2002, he took 64.3% to his Republican opponent's 32.3%. Most recently, in 2004, Sanders took 68.8% to his Republican opponent's 24.6% and Democratic opponent's 7.3%.

The House Republican leadership has chosen to treat Sanders as a de facto member of the Democratic delegation. Although relations between Sanders and House Democratic leadership have not always been smooth, Howard Dean in a May 2005 interview indicated that he considered Sanders an ally who voted with House Democrats. Sanders endorsed President Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996 and Al Gore in 2000. Sanders is a member, along with many of his left-leaning Democratic colleagues, of the House Progressive Caucus, which he co-founded and chaired for its first eight years.

Sanders opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq and voted against the resolution authorizing the use of force in the fall of 2002. He later joined almost all of his colleagues in voting for a non-binding resolution expressing support for U.S. troops at the outset of the invasion, although he gave a floor speech criticizing the partisan nature of the resolution and blasting the Bush administration's actions in the run-up to the war.

On the domestic front, Sanders supports universal health care and opposes foreign trade agreements which, he says, deprive American workers of their jobs while exploiting foreign workers in sweat-shop factories. An amendment he offered in 2005 to limit provisions giving the government power to obtain individuals' library and book-buying records passed the House by a signficant bi-partisan majority, giving President Bush a rare and major legislative defeat and marking the first rejection of any section of the USA PATRIOT Act. His lifetime legislative score from the AFL-CIO is 100%. In contrast, as of 2004, he has a grade of "F" from the National Rifle Association.

With the retirement of Independent Senator Jim Jeffords, Sanders has announced his intention to seek Jefford's U.S. Senate seat in the 2006 election cycle. Howard Dean, DNC chairperson has indicated that he will not put a candidate up against Sanders, paving the way for an easier victory against any Republican opposition. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senators Hillary Clinton (NY) and Charles Schumer (NY) have also announced their support for Sanders.

According to the leftist magazine In These Times, "Judging from his popularity, Sanders' election is all but assured. If he takes office, he will become the Senate's most progressive member."

DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
07/28/2011-07/31/2011 Public Policy Polling (D) 67.00% ( 0.0) 28.00% ( 0.0) 5.00% ( 0.0)
04/28/2004-04/30/2004 Research 2000 58.00% ( 0.0) 21.00% ( 0.0) 21.00% ( 0.0)

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Nov 15, 2013 12:00pm News Sanders wants progressive 2016 presence  Article RBH 
Sep 30, 2011 11:00pm Commentary The Myth of Bernie Sanders  Article Gaear Grimsrud 
Jan 11, 2011 08:50pm Blog Entry Sanders Fundraises Off Arizona Murders  Article Imperator 
Dec 15, 2010 04:35pm Opinion Bernie Sanders Puts Barack Obama to Shame  Article Craverguy 
Dec 11, 2010 10:35am Opinion Bernie Sanders of Vermont Stands Tallest  Article Craverguy 
Dec 11, 2010 10:00am Opinion God Bless Bernie Sanders  Article Craverguy 

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D:977E-QUISTADOR ( -9.6791 points)
Fri, April 22, 2005 06:10:02 AM UTC0:00
Wow Sanders went from an unknown frequent candidate to one of the most popular politicians in his state. This is the first time this has happened in the history of the world.

Un:352Ralphie (12176.8838 points)
Fri, April 22, 2005 06:16:39 AM UTC0:00
Could Cris Ericson be next?

LBT:1067Classical Liberal ( 542.8405 points)
Sun, May 1, 2005 01:47:38 AM UTC0:00

Maybe 15 years ago, but not anymore.

LBT:1067Classical Liberal ( 542.8405 points)
Fri, July 22, 2005 10:34:00 PM UTC0:00
Again Pro-Gun?

He has received a D(2004) and an F(2002) from the NRA in the last two elections.

D:779Bulldogscm ( 12.1487 points)
Mon, July 25, 2005 10:25:30 PM UTC0:00
No he's never had a real job. Personally, Leahy is the best of our Congressional Delegation. He brings home the bacon. Sanders has not done enough for our state.

That's why I aint gonna support him in 2006.

D:1778Buddy ( 1504.2893 points)
Fri, September 8, 2006 08:37:28 PM UTC0:00
Happy birthday (your last in the House)!

D:1774Hail to the Rookies ( 89.0060 points)
Sat, September 9, 2006 01:13:18 AM UTC0:00
Happy Birthday Senator.

IND:1196Monsieur ( 5890.8623 points)
Sat, September 9, 2006 01:36:38 AM UTC0:00
I was just going to say that!

D:2109Andy ( 4160.6357 points)
Sat, September 8, 2007 09:41:20 AM UTC0:00
Happy birthday!

SAP:262Gaear Grimsrud ( 6920.2134 points)
Sat, September 8, 2007 05:18:39 PM UTC0:00
Happy Birthday. Your win lost us the 2006 election, as all the right-wing posters said it would. Turns out the Democrats couldn't handle the talk-radio induced backlash regarding the possibility that a socialist would be elected in Vermont.

REFS:83-- ( 1800.0782 points)
Sat, September 8, 2007 09:19:39 PM UTC0:00
Nicely played, Karma.

Now with Democrats siding with Larry Craig and (by default) bathroom gay sex and HILLARY!, there'll be a similar backlash against the Dems next year.

B Mse:742Ripzaw ( 597.2102 points)
Sat, September 8, 2007 11:02:33 PM UTC0:00
Happy birthday, you KKKommunist

D:478Bob ( 2253.6577 points)
Mon, September 8, 2008 01:24:05 PM UTC0:00
Happy birthday comrade Sanders!

SAP:262Gaear Grimsrud ( 6920.2134 points)
Mon, September 8, 2008 04:52:55 PM UTC0:00
Thanks for losing the 2006 cycle for us.

D:239ArmyDem ( 5910.5693 points)
Mon, September 8, 2008 04:59:23 PM UTC0:00
Haha. Like clockwork. : )

D:2109Andy ( 4160.6357 points)
Mon, September 8, 2008 09:57:45 PM UTC0:00
Happy birthday!

IND:1196Monsieur ( 5890.8623 points)
Mon, September 8, 2008 10:05:09 PM UTC0:00
This will be the year when voters finally find out that the Democrats support an avowed SOCIALIST in the Senate and vote Republican en masse! Bank it!

D:1RP ( 3311.3784 points)
Tue, September 9, 2008 04:08:19 AM UTC0:00
I wonder if the GOP realizes that Palin is a socialist?

LBT:6309Silver Dime ( 94.8693 points)
Mon, June 8, 2009 02:47:12 AM UTC0:00
I wonder why Bernie Sanders runs as an independent when he's like other democrats.

D:2109Andy ( 4160.6357 points)
Tue, June 9, 2009 12:21:40 AM UTC0:00
It's because he's in it for the Polar INC like all good socialists are.

Laf-W:2005Craverguy ( 773.7696 points)
Wed, September 2, 2009 06:12:02 AM UTC0:00
This is so cool: [Link]

Laf-W:2005Craverguy ( 773.7696 points)
Tue, September 8, 2009 08:24:58 AM UTC0:00
Happy Birthday to my second-favorite Senator.

D:6086Jason ( 7718.4429 points)
Tue, September 8, 2009 08:27:29 AM UTC0:00
Happy Birthday. I'm kind of surprised this guy isn't earning more ire from the right.

D:6454Mr. Matt ( 1608.7891 points)
Wed, September 9, 2009 12:23:32 AM UTC0:00
I was watching FOX News last night out of shear boredom and saw a rerun of O'Reilly. I guess last month he said something slightly bad about FOX News.

D:1989RBH ( 1271.2517 points)
Wed, September 9, 2009 12:32:20 AM UTC0:00
Vermont will be posting election results (county and town) from 1974 to 1988 by the end of October. They're saying that 1988 will be out by the end of the week. Just in case you wanted more sources for Sanders electoral info.