Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has reignited the political conversation over income inequality, jobs, health care, etc; in a way that no other candidate has not done probably in a long time. Sanders, 74, decided to run for president promoting a democratic socialist platform in which higher taxes would be imposed on the rich, the end of Citizens United, a Supreme Court ruling in 2010 that allowed super PAC’s to spend unlimited cash on politicians and political candidates; in which some progressives believe that has made U.S. democracy more corrupt.
Sanders would be the oldest president ever, surpassing Ronald Reagan who was elected in 1980 at age 69. Sanders, believes in a universal health care system, a $15 dollar an hour minimum wage and a “fairer society”. Sanders is a far left independent, and some of his core supporters feel that he is a better alternative than former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; some progressives think that she is too centrist to win the country in the 2016 electorate. In a country like today, some progressives feel that going back to the 1990’s-style D.L.C. (Democratic Leadership Council, in which Bill Clinton was a founder of), would not be a good idea. Some are upset over the Clintons’ support of the Defense of Marriage Act, etc; in the mid-1990’s cause hardcore progressives to sit out certain elections. Sanders also highlights the fact that he voted against the Iraq War in October 2002,as a congressman from Vermont; a vote that Hillary Clinton cast for in the U.S. Senate at the time.
Sanders is a socialist, a word that would not sit well with some independent voters, conservative voters, who are still important in general elections. Sanders is resonating with millennial voters, who are tired of a large ruling oligarchy and they want change that Barack Obama could not have delivered in 2008 and 2012. Sanders’ appeal to millennials can cause a new political revolution that can inspire non-voters and apathetic voters to turn out for the first time in their lives. Sanders could beat Hillary Clinton, who is the Democratic presidential frontrunner, and regained her candidacy as the Democratic frontrunner after Vice President Joe Biden decided in October 2015 that he would not run for president; which was a relief to Democratic Party leaders. Sanders could beat any of the Republicans in the general election and become the next president of the United States. It is very possible.
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