Bernie Sanders

  • U.S. Senator since 2007. Former U.S. Rep. (1991-2007).
  • Elected as Independent from Vermont.
  • 2016 N.H. Democratic Presidential Primary winner.
  • Age: 78
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will be the next presidential hopeful on The Exchange Candidate Forum this Sunday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. 

Sanders, who won the 2016 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary by a large margin, finds himself in a close race for the 2020 contest. He was recently endorsed again by the SEA SEIU Local 1984, one of the largest labor unions in the Granite State. 

Listen to the live broadcast on The Exchange at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. The interview will be rebroadcast Monday, Jan. 20, at 9 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. 

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The Exchange sits down with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Sunday, January 19, at 11 a.m. before a live audience to discuss health care, the environment, conflict in the Middle East and more.  Although he calls himself a Democratic Socialist, Sanders caucuses with Democrats and is running for president as a Democratic candidate. Among his top issues: Medicare for All, the Green New Deal,  cancelling student debt, and taking on the "billionaire class."   

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Washington's escalating conflict and crisis with Iran has become a central focus of the presidential race. Voters are expressing concern, and the Democratic candidates are talking about it on the campaign trail in New Hampshire.

Three months after suffering a heart attack, Bernie Sanders is "fit and ready to serve as president," according to his campaign, which on Monday released letters from three doctors.

Sanders, 78, had a heart attack on Oct. 1. His cardiologist, Martin LeWinter of the University of Vermont, revealed in his letter that Sanders "did suffer modest heart muscle damage" but said he "has been doing very well since."

The fight over a new contract for the New Hampshire state employees' union crossed paths with the 2020 presidential race Friday in Concord.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called for an end to the union's impasse with Gov. Chris Sununu. The State Employees Association wants a 4 percent wage increase over the next two years, as recommended by an independent fact-finder's report on the stalled contract negotiations. 

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Four years ago, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders started small in New Hampshire, but ended up winning the state's presidential primary big.

In the 2020 race, Sanders entered the Democratic primary as a top contender, and nothing - not the huge field, not other candidates adopting his key policy proposals, not even a heart attack - has changed that.


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Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar called on voters in Manchester today to be “moved, radically” by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and his presidential campaign.

Omar and Sanders’ remarks at Southern New Hampshire University on Friday underscored the campaign’s continued emphasis on sweeping progressive policy goals.

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WBUR has released a poll showing South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg leading the pack in the New Hampshire primary race.

The poll also looked at how New Hampshire primary voters, both Democrat and Republican, feel about topics like immigration and impeachment.

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Last Democratic presidential primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire decisively, getting 60 percent of the vote and galvanizing his supporters across the country. But this year, many Sanders supporters say they see another progressive option in Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Recent polls show the two candidates are largely drawing from the same pool of voters for their support.

As Primary Day draws closer, how are those voters navigating that choice?

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On a recent Friday morning, an audience of businesspeople lined up for photos with Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.

Bullock, who's running for the Democratic presidential nomination, appeared at ease when it came time to grip-and-grin. He offered lots of eye contact, a firm handshake, the occasional clap on the back.

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Drug recovery centers first became a stop on the campaign trail in the 2016 New Hampshire primary, and they’re playing an especially important role this year, as presidential hopefuls unveil their plans to tackle the opioid crisis.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he was "dumb" not to have listened to the symptoms he was experiencing before he was stricken with a heart attack last week.

The 78-year-old Sanders made the comments Tuesday outside his Vermont home as he headed to an appointment with a cardiologist along with his wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders.

Sanders returned to Vermont on Saturday to rest after spending three days in a Las Vegas hospital. Doctors inserted two stents to open a clogged artery in his heart. Experts have said Sanders should be able to resume his campaign.

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Vermont senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is touting a vision of "political revolution" familiar to many voters who supported him in the 2016 primary.

On Sunday, Sanders promised a crowd at Plymouth State University that he would combat climate change, cancel student debt, legalize marijuana and overhaul the healthcare system with Medicare-for-all.

“When you think big, we can make transformative change,” he said.

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Bernie Sanders turned his outsider credentials and call for political revolution into a commanding victory in the 2016 New Hampshire primary. But as he seeks a repeat performance, the Vermont senator could face unlikely competition.

On their own, Andrew Yang, Tulsi Gabbard and Marianne Williamson sit near the bottom of the New Hampshire polls. But together, their novel calls for dramatic change to American politics could attract just enough support to complicate Sanders' path to victory in a tight New Hampshire race.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign is changing who will lead his presidential effort in the crucial primary state of New Hampshire.

The Sanders campaign confirmed Sunday that Joe Caiazzo, the campaign's New Hampshire state director since March, is leaving the position. He will take on the role of Sanders state director in Massachusetts.

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New Hampshire Democrats — and 19 candidates seeking their party’s nomination for president — were in Manchester this weekend for the state Democratic Party convention. For attendees it was a chance to express their commitment to unseating President Trump. But it was also a chance for activists to consider — and reconsider — which sort of candidate might be most up to that task.

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After a labor day weekend that saw another mass shooting, this time in Odessa Texas, gun policy is on the minds of many Democratic primary voters.

When Bernie Sanders spoke in Epsom Tuesday, his focus was healthcare, but when asked about guns by a member of the crowd, Sanders pledged to fight for universal background checks and to limit the availability of so-called assault weapons.

"More and more Americans - and I - certainly believe we should ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons," he said.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a $16.3 trillion climate plan Thursday that builds on the Green New Deal and calls for the United States to move to renewable energy across the economy by 2050 and declare climate change a national emergency.

While the Vermont senator had already endorsed the sweeping Democratic proposal to combat climate change and had teamed up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on climate legislation, Sanders' climate plan provides the most detail yet on how he envisions the climate change moonshot taking shape if he is elected president.

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Bernie Sanders marched in Nashua's Pride parade on Saturday. When Sanders arrived, he posed for selfies and praised Mayor Jim Donchess for backing the parade.

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"Hey, congratulations," he told Donchess, "You got a nice group of people here."

Sanders borrowed a baseball cap with a rainbow unicorn logo, asking, "A unicorn is politically correct?"

Then he marched, keeping a brisk pace under a blazing sun. 

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says Democrats need a nominee who can engage and excite voters in 2020, from young people to the working class. 

"You're not going to have that turnout unless the candidate has issues that excite people, that energize people," he said in an interview with the NPR Politics Podcast and New Hampshire Public Radio.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders campaigned across New Hampshire this week, with three events scheduled on Memorial Day and three more for Tuesday.

During a stop in Warner, Sanders told a crowd that many of the unpopular positions he's taken in the past now have widespread support -- including his votes against the war in Iraq.

Now, as tensions with Iran mount, Sanders accused the current president of failing to learn from history.

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The Sanders Institute, a think tank founded by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' wife and son, is shutting down, at least for now, amid criticism that the nonprofit has blurred the lines between family, fundraising and campaigning.

The Vermont-based institute has stopped accepting donations and plans to suspend all operations by the end of May "so there could not even be an appearance of impropriety," Jane Sanders told The Associated Press.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination back to New Hampshire this weekend. Sanders, who won the 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary in a blowout, told voters they could make good on the promise of his longshot run four years ago.

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New Hampshire has been good to Bernie Sanders, delivering him a 22-point victory in 2016 that was one of his biggest blowouts that year. But as he launches his second campaign for the presidency, there are early signs that he doesn't have a lock on the nation's first primary.

More than a half-dozen Democratic leaders, activists and lawmakers who endorsed the Vermont senator in 2016 said they were hesitant to do so again.

In the spring of 2015, before Bernie Sanders had a campaign office in New Hampshire, Elizabeth Ropp, an acupuncturist, was making homemade signs for the Vermont senator.

"Bernie inspired me because as somebody who's lived without health insurance for most of my adult life, I want there to be a single-payer health care system," she said.

She was disappointed Sanders wasn't the nominee and is convinced that if he had been, Donald Trump would not be president.

"I want to see Bernie run again in 2020," said Ropp. "We need Bernie to run even if the field is crowded."

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was among the political figures crisscrossing the state this weekend ahead of this week’s midterm elections.

On Sunday Sanders started with a rally at UNH then headed to Brookside Community Church in Manchester, where a packed house awaited him.

His speech touched on many familiar themes for the Independent senator, including single-payer healthcare, income inequality, and campaign finance reform. Sanders told the crowd that while some called his ideas radical during his run for president two years ago, public support is now on his side.

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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.

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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.

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Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be back in the state this weekend.

Senator Sanders is scheduled to attend a fundraiser held by the Strafford County Democratic Committee on Sunday evening.

The group says proceeds from the event will pay for mailings and voter registration efforts.

A recent UNH poll shows Sanders remains popular among Democrats in New Hampshire.

This will mark his second visit to New Hampshire in as many months.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen joined a growing list of Democrats who are co-sponsoring a national single-payer health insurance plan put forward by Vermont’s Bernie Sanders.

The 2016 Presidential candidate has long championed universal health coverage, including efforts in his home state to pass a government-run program.

Sanders' latest national effort is garnering the support of at least fifteen Democratic Senators, though the bill stands little chance of passing in the GOP-controlled legislature.

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