Bernie Sanders is energizing the voter base all over the country with a message that everyone can related to. He is not running on partisan politics; he is not running negative ads; he is not talking about other people or candidates; he is focusing on the issues and solutions, and voters are finding it refreshing.
In stark contrast to some of his GOP rivals, Bernie continues to attract overflow crowds. Daily Kos posted a piece yesterday regarding the Bernie Sanders Twitter explosion while Sanders was in Des Moines, Iowa. Some of the tweets they posted included:
Bernie Sanders may not have chiseled good looks, but he has authenticity that is ringing true with people everywhere he goes. He has been around a while and his values never change.
And while the GOP may not vote the bills he introduces into law, he stays true to the message that he started out with as a mayor of Burlington, Vermont, in 1981. He ran as an Independent and defeated a six-term Democratic incumbent. Bernie was re-elected as mayor three times, and according to Huffington Post, by increasingly wider margins each time: 52 percent in 1983, 55 percent in 1985 and 56 percent in 1987.
He was an advocate for affordable housing. When the owners of Northgate Apartments found a loophole allowing them to convert their buildings into market rate rentals or luxury condos Bernie told them, “Over my dead body are you going to displace 336 working families. You are not going to convert Northgate into luxury housing.”
Michael Monte, who worked for Burlington’s Planning Department while Bernie was Mayor said:
Bernie was never anti-growth, anti-development, or anti-business. He just wanted businesses to be responsible toward their employees and the community. He wanted local entrepreneurs to thrive. He wanted people to have good jobs that pay a living wage. If you could deal with that, you could deal with Bernie and Bernie would deal with you.
If you look at his voting record and the bills he sponsors, it’s about the greater good. Just since he announced his candidacy his most recent bills include:
- S. 1564: A bill to require that employers provide no less than 10 days of paid vacation time to eligible employees…
- S. 1506: Employ Young Americans Now Act
- S. 1373: College for All Act
- S. 1371: Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2015
- S. 1364: Medicaid Generic Drug Price Fairness Act of 2015
- S. 1366: A bill to amend the charter of the Gold Star Wives of America …
- S. 1206: Too Big To Fail, Too Big To Exist Act
His voting record is consistent with his clear message:
He voted against the TPP FastTrack, against the Keystone Pipeline, in favor of Homeland Security, in favor of an amendment to overturn Citizens United, in favor of funding infrastructure and creating jobs, in favor of bringing jobs back to America, in favor of Protecting Women’s Health from Corporate Interference… the list goes on. He clearly is resonating with people of all ages.
Bernie Sanders wants to tax Wall Street and use the funds to pay for college. He thinks people should be allowed to be home with their infants and sick children and not worry about losing their jobs. He has a plan that would put a million young people to work. He doesn’t want any more wars, unless they are funded — included current and future veterans — unless they are paid for. People are having a hard time arguing with any of that.
WATCH Bernie’s idea of what Family Values are:
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