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Why is it that Bernie Sanders is always called a "socialist"?

Basically Bernie Sanders used the wrong term and it stuck. For some unfathomable reason, he refers to himself as a socialist while espousing policies that are clearly social Democrat in line with most ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination?

In short, because Democratic Party in USA is roughly split between two factions (I'll label them "progressive" and "establishment" just for the sake of labeling). FiveThirtyEight covered this split ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination?

The idea that the DNC "rigged" the primaries is false. I voted Bernie in the primary, too, but it is very important not to take the claim in the WikiLeaks graphic at face value. This July ...
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Why is it that Bernie Sanders is always called a "socialist"?

Why is it that Bernie Sanders always called a "socialist"? I think getting a quick history lesson to get some context might help explain how "socialist" is used in US media. First, I want to ...
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Is there any rule or law stopping Bernie Sanders from running as a third party candidate?

Unfortunately, the answer is probably yes and no. Every state & territory has different rules & procedures governing who can appear on a ballot and how they qualify to be there. Some, if not ...
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Why is it that Bernie Sanders is always called a "socialist"?

It seems likely that people call him a socialist because he's self-identified as one on multiple occasions. and When he first won election to the House in 1990, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) embraced ...
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Why are states easily won by Bernie Sanders in 2016 not supporting him in 2020?

The simple answer is there was more competition. In 2016, it was mostly Sanders vs Clinton for the Democratic Primary. She had several potential scandals brewing (her private email server, questions ...
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Why do such a relatively high percentage of Republicans approve of Bernie Sanders?

Sanders ran on a platform promising to shake up the elites that take wealth away from the people, serve corporate interests and provide limited services to poor people. He definitely ran as an ...
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What is a "major country" as named in Bernie Sanders' Healthcare debate answers?

Bernie Sanders tweeted the graphic below in April of 2019, it was accompanied by the following text (emphasis mine): Every other major country has made health care a right for all. Anyone who says ...
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How come there are so many candidates for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination?

The number of Declared Republican Candidates in 2016 was 17 according to Ballotpedia. Donald Trump and Jeb Bush Ben Carson Chris Christie Ted Cruz Carly Fiorina Jim Gilmore Lindsey ...
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What's the explanation behind Obama's joke about Bernie Sanders?

The joke is referencing Sanders fundraising strategy. His campaign targeted small donors, and managed to raise an unprecedented amount from online contributions. 27$ is a reference to the average ...
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What is a "major country" as named in Bernie Sanders' Healthcare debate answers?

You can expect truth in campaign speeches, but not scientific definitions. For an approximation of major countries, try the G7. Of course the G7 misses China, India, Russia, Brazil, which are quite ...
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Why are states easily won by Bernie Sanders in 2016 not supporting him in 2020?

It likely has something to do with who he was running against in 2016. It's hard to make a "head-to-head" comparison when the opposition was different.
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As of August 2017, what would it take for Bernie Sanders to assume the presidency of the United States?

This is absurd. It will never happen. That said, Bernie Sanders would have to do one of Get appointed Vice President. This requires the VP slot to be vacated (by death, impeachment, resignation, ...
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What is Bernie Sanders' "Political Revolution" supposed to overthrow?

First let's consider the question "What's so revolutionary about Bernie Sanders"? Sanders has political positions which are unusually social-democratic for American politics. When you compare the ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination?

It should also be mentioned that Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. He ran for the Senate as an independent. While he caucused with the Democrats, he never claimed to be one before running for ...
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How could Bernie Sanders stall the $2tn economic rescue package?

That story is from 2 days ago before it passed and is no longer a relevant point. The issue was that 4 republican senators stalled the bill to try to weaken unemployment benefits. Sanders made a ...
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How many Americans are actually uninsured?

How many Americans are uninsured? According to the Bureau of the Census, in 2016 there were 27.3 million uninsured people in America. This was based on the American Community Survey, which is ...
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Why is it that Bernie Sanders is always called a "socialist"?

Folks who support the view that Sanders is actually socialist sometimes point to this quote from him way back in 1987: Democracy means public ownership of the major means of production, it means ...
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Is there any rule or law stopping Bernie Sanders from running as a third party candidate?

In addition to the "sore loser" laws mentioned in the other answer, candidate filing deadlines rarely allow a candidate to do this. For example, the deadline for filing to run as an independent in ...
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Why is the US so politically right-wing?

(This answer assumes right-wing as in: individualist / small-government / pro-business, not right-wing as in authoritarian or royalist) This has to do with the history of the USA. A complete answer ...
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Why are states easily won by Bernie Sanders in 2016 not supporting him in 2020?

There are more candidates at this point in the race, so votes are going to be more split. Expecting % differences to remain constant doesn't make much sense when at least 4 candidates got non-...
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Does Kamala Harris vote with Trump's position less often than Bernie Sanders?

538 actually has whole analysis devoted to this, showing both how often a member votes in line with Trump's position and comparing that to Trump's vote share in their district. According to their ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination?

The basic mechanism of a political party is to reward loyalty and create a unified front. Clinton had some 40+ years of favors to call in from various democrats, and anybody in the party who threw in ...
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What did Bernie Sanders do with all the cash from his 2016 campaign?

According to the FEC the Sander 2016 campaign raised 237.7 million and disbursed 233.0 million, leaving 4.7 million cash on hand as of Dec 2018. I can't imagine that he gave it to the DNC, as ...
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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)?

Note: The earlier version of the question when I answered specifically accused the DNC of being "rigged." I'm not really interested in playing chase-the-goalpost (the OP has an agenda). The ...
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Why is it that Bernie Sanders is always called a "socialist"?

I think there's an important distinction to be made in the examples you noted. The left-of-center news outlets actually make an effort to call him by his chosen name of "Democratic Socialist." The ...
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Why is Bernie Sanders associated with pudding?

During the CNN debate, on the 8th Feb 2017, Ben Shapiro tweeted "Bernie Sanders WANTS HIS PUDDING AND HE WANTS IT NOW". The "joke" being that Bernie Saunders (aged 75) is old, and so likes soft, ...
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Is Bernie Sanders allowed to finance a trip to Vatican from campaign funds?

Probably First, even if he wasn't campaigning in Rome, he was campaigning where he was before and after the trip. So he could argue that the travel was campaign related from that alone. Second, ...
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Do I correctly understand the math behind Bernie Sanders's medicare for all financing options?

Currently, the United States spends $3.2 T/yr on healthcare, of which $2 T/yr is spent by the government and $1.2 T/yr is spent by individuals and businesses. Under Medicare for All, all of that ...
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