Questions tagged [bernie-sanders]

Bernie Sanders is an Independent Senator from Vermont. He unsuccessfully ran for President as a Democrat (the party with which he caucuses in the Senate) in 2016 and 2020. Use this tag alongside the [united-states] tag.

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Is there research to support the claim that "expanding the electorate" is an unworkable strategy?

Bernie Sanders claimed that "expanding the electorate" is a viable strategy for winning the 2020 presidential election. Even more importantly, they could prove Sanders’s theory of winning ...
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Can Bernie Sanders be a write-in candidate if he does not win the primaries?

Every source I can find says most states require an individual to register to be a write-in candidate for their votes to be tallied. So, has Bernie registered, or does the fact that he ran in the ...
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Why are Democrats favoring unusually old presidential candidates lately?

The 2020 DNC primaries came down to Biden and Sanders, who would be taking office at 78 and 79. In 2016, it was down to Clinton and Sanders, at 69 and 75. Prior to that, the oldest president in the ...
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How did Bernie Sanders win in Congress as an independent?

In 1990, Bernie Sanders got elected to the House. This stands out for multiple reasons. The one I am focusing on is him being an independent. It is highly unusual for a US politician to be an ...
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Why do such a relatively high percentage of Republicans approve of Bernie Sanders?

There was a Gallup poll done that says that Bernie Sanders has an approval of 26 percent among Republican voters. It also says that he has a 78 percent favorability among Democrats. I'm not sure if ...
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Does Kamala Harris vote with Trump's position less often than Bernie Sanders?

I've seen claims that during the 116th congress, Senator Kamala Harris voted with Trump's position more than two percentage points less often (11.1% compared to 13.6%) than Senator Bernie Sanders, who ...
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Did Bernie Sanders being an independent Senator hurt his presidential bid?

I am wondering about Bernie Sanders and the fact that he is technically not a Democrat. (Vermont doesn't register by party, so this is a complicated issue.) Let's go by his Senate affiliation. He is ...
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Is Imperial County, California the most pro Bernie Sanders county in America that is less than 50% white?

In the 2020 Democratic primary, I was looking at Texas's southern counties because I knew that they were the most heavily Latino in the country and Latinos are the demographic that is the most likely ...
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How can Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson be considered more socially progressive than Bernie Sanders? [closed]

I have heard repeatedly that, despite being considered one of the most progressive/leftist mainstream politican in the United States, Bernie Sanders could actually be considered relatively moderate by ...
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How could Bernie Sanders stall the $2tn economic rescue package?

I'm finding it hard to grasp the current status of the $2 trillion stimulus bill because news about the approval process frequently seem to contradict each other. As far as I'm aware, Bernie Sanders ...
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Why is the US so politically right-wing?

Bernie Sanders is called "radical socialist" or even "communist" in America but in Europe, as I understand it, he would be considered a center-left or even centrist politician. Europe also ...
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Did Reddit provide the initial critical mass for Bernie Sanders's grassroots movement?

I know that this election's surprise - Bernie Sanders - owes his success to a grassroots movement organized via social media. The reasons for that are many. There is widespread resentment towards the ...
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What was the invitation of running for the Green Party in 2016 for Sanders?

In 2016 election, Bernie Sanders declined an invitation from US Green Party to run as a candidate representing the Green Party. Was that an invitation for the general election? Did that ...
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Did Bernie Sanders receive low youth voter turnout during the Super Tuesday primaries?

So a series of news articles are being spread around that purportedly attributes some of Bernie Sanders' losses in states due to low voter turnout. A quick search on Google reports tens of articles ...
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How many Americans are actually uninsured?

NBC News reports that Sen. Bernie Sanders has the following response to House Democrats' PAYGO rules: "At a time when climate change threatens our planet, when our infrastructure is crumbling, when ...
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Why are states easily won by Bernie Sanders in 2016 not supporting him in 2020?

In Oklahoma, for example, the results of the 2016 primary gave Sanders a 10% lead over Clinton, while in Minnesota, the gap was even larger at 23%. In his home state of Vermont, Sanders won by over 70%...
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Is there any rule or law stopping Bernie Sanders from running as a third party candidate?

This is a yes or no question. If the answer is yes, please explain why. If the answer is no, please explain how come. Note that I'm not asking whether it would be wise, immoral, stupid or "virtually ...
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What has been the response in the US to threats of foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election?

Claims of potential foreign interference into the 2020 presidential election have been made as far back as October 2018, when the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) warned of interference from ...
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Why does Bernie identify as Democrat, while everyone else says he is a Socialist, when he is actually a Social Democrat? [duplicate]

Pretty much just that. I never knew why. Some people have said "because of the two-party system" but I don't really know what it means by the system, because there are definitely more than two parties,...
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Is the Bernie blackout real?

In a recent interview (youtube from 2:30) with The Hill, Bernie Sanders' campaign manager Nina Turner claimed there is a Bernie Blackout. That is, that the media coverage of the Democratic ...
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What is a "major country" as named in Bernie Sanders' Healthcare debate answers?

During the debate tonight, Bernie Sanders said (from the Washington Post's transcript): We need...a health-care system that guarantees health care to all people as every other major country does, ...
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What is Bernie Sanders' "Political Revolution" supposed to overthrow?

So I saw parts of the DNC speech that Bernie Sanders spoke and he talked about the Political Revolution continuing as people cheered like crazy. I see articles and hear news stories like this Bernie ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination?

I recently read a few news articles talking about a class action lawsuit against the DNC for cheating Bernie Sanders out of the primaries. Is there any truth to these claims that there were concerted ...
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How come there are so many candidates for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination?

It seems the number of candidates for the 2020 US Democratic Party presidential nomination has now reached 21 "major" candidates, plus 200 (!!) additional filing candidates (though two of the "major" ...
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Do I correctly understand the math behind Bernie Sanders's medicare for all financing options?

This may be basic math, but I'd like to check my understanding of Bernie Sanders's medicare for all financing options document, which is found here. $3.2 trillion is what the U.S. spends on health ...
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Why did Hillary Clinton and her supporters think it was a good idea to demand Bernie Sanders' tax return?

From what I understand, Hillary Clinton and her supporters demanded that Bernie Sanders release his tax return, suggesting that he was refusing to do so and was hiding something, even though the ...
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Was Bernie Sanders' recent town hall on fox news in any way unusual?

It seemed to me, that the town hall went unusually well for Bernie and it seemed, that FOX was actually very fair, maybe even suspiciously so towards him. When comparing this town hall to previous ...
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How is the audience for Fox News Town Halls chosen?

This question: Was Bernie Sanders' recent town hall on fox news in any way unusual? asks about the surprisingly positive reception that Sanders' Medicare for All proposal received from the studio ...
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What did Bernie Sanders do with all the cash from his 2016 campaign?

I'm just wondering what happened with hundreds of millions Bernie Sanders raised in 2016. Did he give to the DNC?
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Why is it that Bernie Sanders is always called a "socialist"?

As a German I really don't get calling Bernie Sanders a socialist. In every country in Europe he would be a social democrat at best, but somehow in the USA he's a "socialist" and "communist" you ...
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Has Donald Trump made any statements that are considered homophobic?

Bernie Sanders has stated multiple times that Donald Trump is a homophobic. Have there been any instances of him making homophobic comments or policies?
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To what extent did the elections of Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib reflect a "Sanders effect"?

Left-wing journalist Doug Henwood recently asserted the following about Bernie Sanders: Without his candidacy, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [...] wouldn’t be in Congress, neither would her colleagues ...
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What safeguards has the DNC added to prevent a situation like what they did to Bernie Sanders in the last election (2016)?

Have there been any safeguards or special rule changes within the DNC to prevent an unfair primary process as with what happened to Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election cycle?
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Has the DNC barred Sanders from contending in the 2020 Democratic primaries?

The DNC has recently approved some structural reforms, many which are suspect in several ways IMHO, but a particularly interesting one is the following (ignore the pen markings, just read the second ...
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What's the Democratic Party's position on residence-based taxation?

The United States is one of very few countries in the world taxing their citizens (and permanent residents) abroad. It looks like in 2014, the Republican National Committee voted on a resolution to ...
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As of August 2017, what would it take for Bernie Sanders to assume the presidency of the United States?

Yes, I am aware that November 2016 has long passed, but what would have to happen for Bernie to assume the presidency while Donald Trump is still president? I'm aware of a line of succession (...
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Why is Bernie Sanders associated with pudding? [closed]

I have recently heard multiple people make jokes about Bernie Sanders looking for pudding. I did some quick Googling, but only found more references from conservatives on twitter and other media ...
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What's the explanation behind Obama's joke about Bernie Sanders?

I am French and not well-informed on everything happening with the US election. Hence my puzzled state when hearing the joke Obama made about Bernie Sanders: You look like a million bucks. Or, to ...
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What would Bernie Sanders look like in other political systems?

Now, I'm Canadian, but a lot of what I see in politics comes from the US, as they're always throttling each other, while up here things for the most part just kinda keep going, nothing interesting ...
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How did individual Democratic Super-delegates vote at the roll call convention?

How did individual super-delegates wind up voting at the nomination convention? Note: I don't think this question is trivial. It's fairly easy to find who they publicly endorsed, but not every ...
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Why was the statement "When You're White You Don't Know What It's Like To Be Poor" so controversial?

The statement: "When You're White You Don't Know What It's Like To Be Poor". Why are so many people getting mad at Bernie Sanders for this? I thought America was finally ready to move on from its ...
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Attitude of Bernie and Clinton supporters towards Trump

Is there a comparison of what attitude self-identified Bernie supporters have towards Donald Trump compared to what attitude self-identified Hillary Clinton supporters have towards Donald Trump? Are ...
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Is Bernie Sanders allowed to finance a trip to Vatican from campaign funds?

I read this in an article from Market Watch: "Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will take time off the campaign trail ahead of the critical New York primary for a trip to the Vatican ...
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Will there be a 10th US democratic primary debate? [closed]

There is an open slot on democrats.org for a 10th debate in May, but the location and date are still TBD. Is this debate likely to take place?
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US Primaries 2016 - Washington

In the results for the Democratic primaries I came across this for Washington state: Hillary Clinton votes: 380,760 perc: 52.95% delegates: 27 Bernie Sanders votes: 338,283 perc: 47.05% delegates:...
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Sanders says he has no plans to quit before the final primary votes have been cast in June

Sanders says he has no plans to quit before the final primary votes have been cast in June. I want to know if there is statistics that shows his popularity diagram in the past year to see if it is ...
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Why do people call Bernie the most popular candidate when he's losing? [closed]

Recently I have seen many images on Facebook and elsewhere with pictures comparing large Bernie Sanders rallies to relatively small rallies for other candidates. Often these images have captions along ...