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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8e130001Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is an independent politician who, on April 30th, made an official announcement of his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. Sanders, a self-described "Democratic Socialist," is a native of Brooklyn, New York.Sanders served four terms as the mayor of Burlington, and in 1990, defeated Republican Peter Smith to become the first Independent candidate elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in four decades. In 2006, he was elected to the U.S. Senate after receiving the endorsements of prominent national Democrats, including New York's Senator, Chuck Shumer, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

Sanders: SCOTUS Nominee Kavanaugh a Threat to Workers, and Women

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addressed a crowd of labor activists and democratic-party faithful Monday morning in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“The union movement today is the last line of resistance to the reactionary corporate agenda,” he said, urging his colleagues in Congress to back reforms making it easier for workers to organize.

He spoke at the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast, held this year just a week before the state's primaries.

Sanders also promised to fight the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Senate confirmation hearings begin Tuesday.

"I have no doubt that, if he is selected, not only will he be an anti-worker justice, he will also be an anti-woman justice," he said.

The breakfast was Sanders' first Labor-Day stop. Afterward, he hit the road for the Upper Valley, where he spoke at a rally in White River Junction. 

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