This week on the show Dan and Lyle discuss Bernie Sanders. You know the guy, older fellow, crazy white hair, glasses … yeah, that’s the guy. Up until 2015 he was an Independent, but he switched to the Democrat party so that he could run for president. Really, what chance does an Independent have, right? Give us 30 minutes and you’ll learn a bit about this presidential hopeful.
Bernard “Bernie” Sanders is the junior U.S. Senator from Vermont. That’s now. He was the longest serving Independent in U.S. history until he became a Democrat in 2015. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sanders graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964. While there, he was part of the Young People’s Socialist League.
Sanders was there in 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. He moved to Vermont in 1968 where he continued to be politically active. He was elected Mayor of Burlington in 1981 and was re-elected 3 times.
By 1990 he had been elected to the House of Representatives where he served for 16 years until being elected to Senate in 2006. He was re-elected in 2012 with nearly 71% of the popular vote.
He voted against the Brady Bill in 1993 and in 2005 he voted to prevent firearms manufacturers and dealers from being held liable for negligence when crimes were committed with their products (guns).
He’s been strongly against the use of force in Iraq, voting against using force in 1991 and again in 2002. He opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq and he has been a staunch critic of the Patriot Act.
Sanders has also long been a critic of political financing. He hasn’t even set up a Super PAC to support his bid for the White House. He has, however, been very effectively using social media to raise awareness and funds. Man, the funds he has raised via social media.
Listen to the show. We discuss all of these things and a lot more.