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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.

Bernie Sanders Rallies Democrats in Rollinsford

Jason Moon for NHPR

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drew hundreds at a fundraiser for local Democrats Sunday night.

The former presidential candidate drew on many of the same themes from his campaign, including single payer healthcare, an increased minimum wage, and campaign finance reform.

On healthcare, he praised Democrats for successfully defending against Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

He also said they need to go further.

“Today we have one system that works well, and that’s called Medicare. Now is the time to expand Medicare for all and create a single-payer healthcare system.”

Credit Jason Moon

He also took aim at his Republican colleagues in the Senate, who last week passed a budget blueprint.

“Which in my honest opinion is the ugliest and most destructive budget ever passed in the modern history of the United States of America. It is very ugly and very vicious.”

The event was Sanders’ second trip to New Hampshire in the last two months.

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