101 Facts About Bernie Sanders

1. Bernie Sanders looks at his notes as he watches the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives at the US Capitol Building on February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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2. Bernie Sanders delivered a 28-minute rebuttal to President Donald Trump's State of the Union on Tuesday that focused on what the president left out of his own speech: Climate change.

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3. Bernie Sanders responded soon after, arguing that stock buybacks benefit wealthy Americans rather than workers.

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4. Bernie Sanders pointed out that Trump did not mention in detail the challenges facing "ordinary Americans", including health care costs, low wages and unaffordable rent.

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5. Bernie Sanders pointed out that Trump did not mention in detail the challenges facing "ordinary Americans", including health care costs, low wages and unaffordable rent.

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6. Bernie Sanders had planned his own rebuttal to the State of the Union separate from and after the Democratic one, as The Hill reported.

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7. Bernie Sanders pointed out that Trump did not mention in detail the challenges facing "ordinary Americans", including health care costs, low wages and unaffordable rent.

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8. In 2017, Bernie Sanders gave a 14-minute long response in a video that he posted to Facebook.

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9. Bernie Sanders will chime in with a rebuttal to Trump that will be available on Facebook Live, Twitter and YouTube.

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10. Bernie Sanders is delivering his own State of the Union response tonight after President Donald Trump and Stacey Abrams, and you won't want to miss it.

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11. Chuck Schumer after Bernie Sanders spoke at a press conference on Medicare benefits.

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12. Bernie Sanders is in the process of deciding whether to pursue a 2020 presidential bid.

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13. Senator Bernie Sanders campaigns for Nevada Democrats on the University of Nevada, Reno campus on Oct 25, 2018.

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14. Bernie Sanders became part of a controversy due to his speech at the Women's Convention during October 2017.

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15. Bernie Sanders announced in April 2015 that he was seeking the presidential nomination for the Democratic Party.

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16. Bernie Sanders made several unsuccessful bids for public office as a member of the anti-war Liberty Union Party during the 1970s.

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17. Bernie Sanders lived on a kibbutz in Israel before settling in Vermont after his graduation.

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18. Bernie Sanders became interested in the world of politics since his early life.

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19. Bernie Sanders joins other US lawmakers in investigating the pricing practices of pharmaceutical companies this year.

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20. Bernie Sanders touted the plan on Twitter after The Washington Post first reported it Thursday morning.

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21. Bernie Sanders said his act already has the approval of economists including Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Robert Reich.

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22. Bernie Sanders said the bill would affect the richest 0.2 percent of earners.

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23. Bernie Sanders is expected to announce his candidacy for 2020 soon.

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24. At a point during the campaign, Bernie Sanders started talking about how being raised Jewish had shaped him.

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25. Bernie Sanders was the standout at both of the post-election annual conferences of J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group.

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26. Bernie Sanders spent months on a kibbutz in his 20s and harbors an affection for Israel.

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27. Bernie Sanders has helped change the Democratic National Committee rules for selecting a nominee, curtailing the role of superdelegates and shaped the current Democratic economic message.

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28. In 2016, Bernie Sanders created a powerful progressive movement in a thin primary field.

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29. Bernie Sanders is an admirer, calling Francis "incredibly smart and brave.

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30. Bernie Sanders has praised Pope Francis' statements denouncing greed, wealth, and the state of the economy.

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31. Bernie Sanders was born to Jewish parents in Brooklyn, New York.

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32. Bernie Sanders has advocated for expanding voting rights and opposed the Supreme Court decision to disband part of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

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33. Bernie Sanders champions campaign reform and advocates for an amendment to overturn the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United.

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34. Bernie Sanders sought to switch to the Senate in 2006, running against Republican businessman Richard Tarrant.

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35. Bernie Sanders became involved in the Civil Rights Movement during his university days.

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36. In 2007, Bernie Sanders won election to the US Senate and was reelected in 2012.

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37. Bernie Sanders has a lower net worth than other presidential candidates.

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38. Bernie Sanders waited in 2016 until the end of the campaign to focus his energies on Trump, perhaps because, like many others, he did not believe the reality TV star had a serious shot until it was too late.

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39. Bernie Sanders spent months on a kibbutz in his 20s and harbours an affection for Israel.

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40. Bernie Sanders was the stand-out at both of the post-election annual conferences of J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group.

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41. Bernie Sanders took heat Monday for saying he did not support the BDS movement.

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42. Bernie Sanders campaigned on the issue during the 2016 Democratic primary.

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43. Bernie Sanders was the only candidate then to support government-insured universal health care coverage.

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44. Bernie Sanders went on to argue that it's "remarkable" that America is still fighting for equality more than 50 years after Civil Rights movement, and framed Trump's presidency as a step in the wrong direction.

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45. Bernie Sanders has attended yahrzeit observances in memory of the deceased, for the father of a friend, and he attended a Tashlikh, an atonement ceremony, with the mayor of Lynchburg on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah in 2015.

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46. Bernie Sanders publicly inaugurated the Hanukkah menorah and performed the Jewish religious ritual of blessing Hanukkah candles.

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47. Bernie Sanders describes himself as "not particularly religious" and "not actively involved" with organized religion.

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48. Bernie Sanders was a Green Party county councillor, representing the East Oxford division on Oxfordshire County Council, until he retired from the Council in 2013.

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49. On March 20, 2016, Bernie Sanders was given an honorary Coast Salish name, dxʷshudicup, by Deborah Parker in Seattle to honor his focus on Native American issues during his presidential campaign.

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50. On February 6, 2016, Bernie Sanders was a guest star alongside Larry David on Saturday Night Live, playing a Polish immigrant on a steamship that was sinking near the Statue of Liberty.

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51. Bernie Sanders criticized Israel's actions during the 2014 Gaza war and US involvement in the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.

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52. Bernie Sanders strongly opposed the US invasion of Iraq and has criticized a number of policies instituted during the War on Terror, particularly mass surveillance and the USA Patriot Act.

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53. Bernie Sanders voiced concern about Trump's failure to mention the finding that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election and "will likely interfere in the 2018 midterms we will be holding.

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54. Bernie Sanders called for caution on the Syrian Civil War, noting that "it's easier to get into a war than out of one.

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55. Bernie Sanders criticized Trump's rolling back the Clean Power Plan of former President Barack Obama, noting the scientifically reported effect on climate change of human activity and citing Trump's calling those reports a hoax.

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56. Bernie Sanders criticized President Trump for appointing multiple billionaires to his cabinet.

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57. Bernie Sanders strongly opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he says was "written by corporate America and the pharmaceutical industry and Wall Street.

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58. Bernie Sanders considers himself a feminist, is pro-choice on abortion, and opposes the de-funding of Planned Parenthood.

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59. Bernie Sanders advocated for LGBT rights as Mayor of Burlington in 1983 and voted against the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

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60. Bernie Sanders supported the Affordable Care Act, though he said it didn't go far enough.

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61. In 1990, Bernie Sanders was supported by the NRA in his bid to become a US Representative in exchange for opposing both the competing campaign of Peter Smith, who had reversed his stance on firearm restrictions, and waiting periods for handgun purchases.

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62. In September 2017, Bernie Sanders said that Saudi Arabia is "an undemocratic country that has supported terrorism around the world, it has funded terrorism.

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63. Bernie Sanders had earlier praised Jeremy Corbyn's stance on class issues.

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64. Bernie Sanders wrote in The New York Times that "the British elections should be a lesson for the Democratic Party" and urged the Democrats to stop holding on to an "overly cautious, centrist ideology", arguing that "momentum shifted to Labour after it released a very progressive manifesto that generated much enthusiasm among young people and workers".

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65. Bernie Sanders considers climate change the greatest threat to national security.

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66. Bernie Sanders responded, "Our job is to do two things: to defeat Donald Trump and to elect Hillary Clinton.

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67. Bernie Sanders was in Phoenix, Arizona, on that date, speaking to a rally larger than any of the others, but his speech was not mentioned, let alone broadcast.

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68. In February 2016, Clinton's and Bernie Sanders's campaigns agreed in principle to holding four more debates for a total of ten.

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69. Bernie Sanders ranked third in 2014 and first in both 2015 and 2016.

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70. Bernie Sanders appointed economics professor Stephanie Kelton, a modern monetary theory scholar and self-described "deficit owl", as the chief economic adviser for the committee's Democratic minority and presented a report aimed at helping "rebuild the disappearing middle class", which included proposals to raise the minimum wage, boost infrastructure spending, and increase Social Security payments.

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71. On September 5, 2018, Bernie Sanders partnered with Ro Khanna to introduce the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act, which would require large corporations to pay for food stamps and Medicaid benefits their employees receive, rather than shifting the burden onto taxpayers.

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72. On May 9, 2018, Bernie Sanders introduced the Workplace Democracy Act, a bill that would expand labor rights by making it easier for workers to join a union, ban right-to-work laws and some anti-union provisions of the Taft Hartley Act, and outlaw some union-busting tactics.

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73. Bernie Sanders opposed Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Court, saying that Gorsuch had "refused to answer legitimate questions.

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74. On March 17, 2016, Bernie Sanders said he would support Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court, though he added, "there are some more progressive judges out there.

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75. Bernie Sanders calls for comprehensive financial reforms, such as breaking up "too big to fail" financial institutions, restoring Glass–Steagall legislation, reforming the Federal Reserve Bank and allowing the Post Office to offer basic financial services in economically marginalized communities.

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76. Bernie Sanders entered the race for the US Senate on April 21, 2005, after Senator Jim Jeffords announced that he would not seek a fourth term.

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77. On November 2, 2005, Bernie Sanders voted against the Online Freedom of Speech Act, which would have exempted the Internet from the campaign finance restrictions of the McCain–Feingold Bill.

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78. In June 2005, Bernie Sanders proposed an amendment to limit Patriot Act provisions that allow the government to obtain individuals' library and book-buying records.

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79. Bernie Sanders was nevertheless extremely critical of the other parts of the bill.

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80. Bernie Sanders was a vocal critic of Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan; in June 2003, during a question-and-answer discussion with the then-Chairman, Sanders told him that he was concerned that Greenspan was "way out of touch" and "that you see your major function in your position as the need to represent the wealthy and large corporations".

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81. In 1999, Bernie Sanders voted and advocated against rolling back the Glass–Steagall Legislation provisions that kept investment banks and commercial banks separate entities.

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82. In 1991, Bernie Sanders co-founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a group of mostly liberal Democrats that Sanders chaired for its first eight years, while still refusing to join the Democratic Party or caucus.

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83. Bernie Sanders was the first independent elected to the US House of Representatives since Frazier Reams's election to represent Ohio 40 years earlier.

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84. Bernie Sanders collaborated with 30 Vermont musicians to record a folk album, We Shall Overcome, in 1987.

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85. In 1981, Bernie Sanders campaigned against the unpopular plans by Burlington developer Tony Pomerleau to convert the then-industrial waterfront property owned by the Central Vermont Railway into expensive condominiums, hotels, and offices.

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86. Bernie Sanders lectured in political science at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government that year and at Hamilton College in 1991.

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87. Bernie Sanders castigated the pro-development incumbent as an ally of prominent shopping center developer Antonio Pomerleau, while Paquette warned of ruin for Burlington if Sanders was elected.

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88. Bernie Sanders was mayor for eight years, from April 6, 1981, to April 4, 1989.

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89. Bernie Sanders wrote several articles for the alternative publication The Vermont Freeman.

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90. In January 1962, Bernie Sanders went to a rally at the University of Chicago administration building to protest university president George Wells Beadle's segregated campus housing policy.

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91. In high school, Bernie Sanders lost his first election, finishing last out of three candidates for the student body presidency.

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92. Bernie Sanders attended James Madison High School, in Brooklyn, where he was captain of the track team and took third place in the New York City indoor one-mile race.

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93. Bernie Sanders won an election, and 50 million people died as a result of that election in World War II, including 6 million Jews.

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94. Bernie Sanders served as a Representative for 16 years before being elected to the US Senate in 2006.

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95. Bernie Sanders won election to the US House of Representatives in 1990, representing Vermont's at-large congressional district, and co-founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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96. Bernie Sanders rolls out bill aimed at getting Walmart to raise wages.

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97. Bernie Sanders targets Walmart: Bill would block stock buybacks unless workers get $15 minimum wage.

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98. Senator Bernie Sanders plans to unveil legislation on Thursday titled The Stop Walmart Act, aimed at raising wages at the retail giant.

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99. Bernie Sanders digs up old figure in fresh attack on Walmart's wages.

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100. Bernie Sanders targets Walmart with bill that would prevent stock buybacks unless companies pay workers $15 minimum wage.

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101. Bernie Sanders launched a similar effort Thursday that targets Walmart.

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