Why Is Senator Bernie Sanders Suddenly So Popular?
June 18, 2015
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If it seemed like Hilary had the Democrat ticket sown up, that was before the recent emergence of BernieMania – the rise of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders.
A CNN story was headlined – Will Bernie Sanders start a revolution? And NPR wondered – Could A Socialist Senator Become A National Brand?
The New York Times noted: “Somehow, Bernie Sanders, the 73-year-old senator from Vermont, has emerged as a king of social media early in the 2016 presidential campaign, amid a field of tech-savvy contenders. “People don’t need to know what I buy in the grocery store or what the name of my dog is — I don’t own a dog, by the way — but they do need to know why billionaires are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.”
Sanders is just 12 percentage points behind Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to a new online poll.
The New York Observer noted: “Last week, a Wisconsin Democratic Party straw poll showed Mr. Sanders trailing Ms. Clinton only 49 to 41 percent among delegates. On Observer.com, Brent Budowsky wrote, “There is a very real prospect that Mr. Bernie Sanders wins an outright victory in the Iowa caucus.”
Sanders 12- point platform includes growing the trade union movement, creating worker-owned cooperatives and opposing free-trade agreements.
Says Bernie: “What Wall Street and credit card companies are doing is really not much different from what gangsters and loan sharks do who make predatory loans. While the bankers wear three-piece suits and don’t break the knee caps of those who can’t pay back, they still are destroying people’s lives.”