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Sanders is the longest-serving independent in United States history. Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist. He thinks that a social democratic government for the United States is a good idea. In January 2015, Sanders became a member of the Senate Budget Committee.
Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington in 1981. He was re-elected three times. In 1991, he became a United States representative for Vermont's At-large congressional district. He was a congressman for 16 years. In 2006, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. In 2012, he was re-elected by a landslide victory. He won almost 71% of the popular vote.
Since he became senator, Sanders worked on fixing income inequality, universal healthcare, parental leave, climate change, LGBT rights, and political campaigns. Sanders is known for speaking out on civil rights and civil liberties. He thinks that the government should stop spying on Americans. Sanders has fought to stop racial injustice.
On April 30, 2015, Sanders became a candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination for President in the 2016 United States presidential election. He made the announcement in an address on the Capitol lawn. His campaign officially opened on May 26 in Burlington. Not like the other presidential candidates, Sanders did not Super PACS to give him money. He has been getting money from donations. Many people have been going to his campaign events.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, said Monday he was making good on at least one of a handful of campaign promises — introducing a bill designed to cut U.S. contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade. ... Sanders added that construction of new power plants is "extraordinarily expensive" and he would prefer to see federal funding support used to expand the development of sustainable energy, as well as biofuels.
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You go to Scandinavia, and you will find that people have a much higher standard of living, in terms of education, health care, and decent paying jobs.
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