Sanders pulls no punches live-tweeting GOP debate

You may not have realized it, but a Democrat was using Twitter on Wednesday night as the Republicans took the stage at the Reagan Library.

That candidate was Sanders, and while he may not have been physically present on stage in front of the retired Air Force One that made the backdrop of the second Republican debate, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t making his voice heard.

Sanders started with a light discussion of the lack of focus on actual issues being discussed by the top eleven Republican candidates, but as the debate moved on, Sanders used twitter to begin to dissect everything wrong with what some may mockingly call a Presidential debate.

@BernieSanders: At a time when media looks at politics like a baseball game, will the serious issues be discussed tonight? Let’s see.  #DebateWithBernie

Sanders began by asking if any of the issues facing millions of Americans, such as a growing wage gap, real unemployment, or the impending crisis of climate change.  But as the night wore on, Sanders began to focus in on the candidates’ particular stances, and did not shy away from using a bit of sarcasm and wit to make his points.

@BernieSanders: Rubio knows California has a drought. Will he have the courage to connect that to climate change or reject the science?  #DebateWithBernie

This particular post followed Rubio’s opening statement, which included a joke about bringing his own water because California, the state the debate was being held in, is in a drought.  But Sanders didn’t just stop at criticizing Republican’s on their bad jokes:

@BernieSanders: Kasich. You don’t know ANYBODY who doesn’t think we should defund Planned Parenthood? Really? You apparently don’t know the American people.

@BernieSanders: Trump: “I will take care of women.” Really? What about respecting the right of women to control their own bodies?  #DebateWithBernie

Sanders also didn’t refrain from bringing up issues from his own stump speeches, and questioning whether these issues would be discussed at all by the candidates on stage.

@BernieSanders: Rich get richer. Median fmly income $5k less than in 1999. One of the highest rates of childhood poverty. Any discussion?  #DebateWithBernie

While Bernie tweeted, the main focus of the debate focused on Republican talking points such as overturning the Iran deal, Clinton’s email issues, de-funding Planned Parenthood and building up the military.  Of course one of the main focuses of the debate also rested on statements made by Trump during the campaign, and large portions of time were spent on back-and-forths between Trump and other candidates in battles that were more “he said, she said” then anything disputes over policy.

The Republican candidates spent large portions of time invoking the name of Reagan and even at times praised the presidency of George W. Bush, and Sanders didn’t hesitate to comment on this either.

@BernieSanders: @ChrisChristie George W. Bush — gave us Iraq war, Wall St crash — was one of our great presidents. You are right.  #DebateWithBernie

@BernieSanders: Okay. Let’s vote for Reagan. Sounds better than any of these guys. #DebateWithBernie #GOPDebate

Sanders’ sarcasm and sincerity about the lack of focus on real issues seemed to have resonated with many of his twitter followers, with most of his tweets getting thousands of retweets.  Bernie also appears to have added over 40 thousand followers on twitter today, his largest single-day rise in followers for some time.

During the first Republican debate, Sanders also held a live-tweet session, and became the most retweeted candidate on twitter that day.  He may have matched that tonight before he decided to end his session tonight, evidently out of frustration.

@BernieSanders: Thank you all. I’ve had it. I’m going home. Talk to you soon.  #DebateWithBernie


College students love Bernie Sanders, according to poll

Bernie Sanders is the overwhelming favorite on college campuses, according to a poll released by Chegg Media Center on Tuesday.

The poll finds that 59 per cent of college students prefer Bernie Sanders over opponents in the Democratic field, including Hillary Clinton.

Clinton received support from 18 per cent of respondents, while Biden attracted 14 per cent of support.

The poll also found Bernie Sanders to have the highest favorability across the board with college students, with a 62 per cent favorability rating.

In contrast, Ben Carson, who received the highest favorability ratings among Republicans, showed a favorability rating of 28 per cent.

There’s no doubt now that Bernie Sanders is the clear favorite of students nationwide. The challenge now will be turning that support into enthusiasm and votes.

#DebatewithBernie round two is on tonight

During the second Republican debate, Bernie Sanders will once again live-tweet his thoughts on the candidates platforms and the issues focused on in the debate.

After a successful live-tweet session during the first Republican debate that saw Sanders become the most retweeted candidate that night, the Vermont Independent will once again return to the twitter-sphere to share his thoughts on the debate.

You can follow the second main Republican debate on CNN at 8 PM EST, and Bernie will begin live-tweeting at that time on his @BernieSanders twitter account.

What is Democratic Socialism?

Leave it to the 74-year old, self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialist” to capture the hearts of Millennials across the nation.

So what is a ‘democratic socialist’, and how could this happen with the word ‘socialism’ being so taboo in America? Well, often time’s people fear what they do not understand and with mainstream media control over a large portion of our information a lot can get misconstrued or purposely misrepresented for obvious reasons.

In 2006, Bernie explained in an interview with Democracy Now!: “I think [democratic socialism] means the government has got to play a very important role in making sure that as a right of citizenship all of our people have healthcare; that as a right, all of our kids, regardless of income, have quality childcare, are able to go to college without going deeply into debt; that it means we do not allow large corporations and moneyed interests to destroy our environment; that we create a government in which it is not dominated by big money interest. I mean, to me, it means democracy, frankly. That’s all it means.”

Socialism can come in many forms, and often times they do not coincide with one another, and what Sanders is proposing is not at all ‘fringe’ or ‘radical’ by any means, but rather true progressive ideals, or at least what used to be defined as progressive. Hillary Clinton has recently embraced being ‘moderate’, which is concerning to say the least for liberals, the base of the Democratic Party.

I mean, when it really comes down to it, how different is she from the GOP candidates? Not very much – sure her rhetoric is less hateful, and she claims to want big money out of politics; however her actions do not reflect that as she has one of the largest Super PACs in the presidential race. It seems as if the influence of money is pushing our leaders to the right, significantly and for obvious reasons.

Even Obama is often called a ‘socialist’, which only reinforces the claim that the media is redefining words. Looking back in history, Franklin D Roosevelt was also called a socialist; but what he did was implement a federal jobs plan (something Sanders is proposing) which helped pull our country out of the Great Depression that was undoubtedly caused by overzealous Capitalism.

Decisions like the repeal of Glass-Steagall and Citizens United are detrimental to our democracy and our public and only set precedent for fascism and oligarchy. There is a balance that needs to be maintained to keep things in check to protect the public consumers and allow privatization for businesses; and some things, like government policy, health and education should not be about profit.

So what is so bad about a government that works for all people, not just the wealthy and corporations? Well, obviously nothing – but that is not what the establishment government, or media want you to know because they ARE the wealthy and corporations. The power of money and special interests in our government is quickly leading us to oligarchy, not democracy. In all reality, our country is already partly a social democracy, thanks to programs like Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, and unemployment security.

What Sanders is proposing is not to have the government run the entire country or take away the privatization of any industry, but rather give millions of our citizen’s basic human needs like healthcare and education. As a developed nation, it’s the least we could do, and quite frankly it’s wrong for anyone to profit off whether someone should live or die, and it’s wrong that it’s near impossible to get a higher education if you are not wealthy enough to afford it. Education is an investment in our future – an investment to cure cancer, find alternative and sustainable energy sources, and most importantly provide an educated populous so we can make informed decisions politically and socially.

Democratic Socialism would provide the country with a virtuous circle, bringing everyone up; not just a few. This is not ‘communism’ or even ‘fringe’ – its basic human decency and democracy.

Give Bernie Sanders the media coverage he deserves

Senator Bernie Sanders is leading Hillary Clinton in the key states of Iowa and New Hampshire, and deserves more media coverage, writes Courtney Baldwin.

Dear Media,

Firstly, I want to thank those of you out there who have gone against the grain and have given Bernie Sanders fair, unbiased coverage. You are the real journalists and I humbly thank you for doing your profession justice; we need more like you. Many people have been very disappointed in the coverage (or lack thereof) of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. One can only assume the reasoning behind this is that the majority of the mainstream media is controlled by the same billionaires and special interests Sanders is rallying against. This is terribly concerning, and honestly rather insulting; as reporters it is your duty to be the eyes of the people and provide all information, in a fair and unbiased manner, so we citizens can make an educated vote based on all the facts – not the distorted opinions of a few. Bernie Sanders message has become wildly popular, especially with millennials, largely in part in thanks to the strongest grassroots movement this nation has ever seen; sparking new excitement for politics and hope for our future.

Currently, Sanders is leading Hillary Clinton in both key states, Iowa and New Hampshire, and quickly gaining ground all over the country – all while being ignored/dismissed by media and without Super PACS or corporate donors. Journalists have a responsibility to their readers/viewers and frankly, our country to report on Mr. Sanders and the issues that our generation holds near and dear. These include: income and wealth inequality, influence of money in politics, affordability of education and healthcare, climate change, reforming our criminal justice system, racial inequality and working toward a more involved democracy.

Many progressives have been following Bernie for years; he was a regular on the Thom Hartmann Show (Brunch with Bernie), the longest serving independent in Congressional history and has relentlessly fought for the middle class. His record will speak for itself regarding consistency and passion for decades on the same issues at the forefront of his campaign today. His inspiring stump speech, calling for a political revolution, that’s resonating with hundreds of thousands across the country echoes those he has given since the 80’s.

His supporters across the nation come from all walks of life, and are not partisan. He’s also received some notable endorsements from Cornel West, Sarah Silverman, Mark Ruffalo, Brandon McCarthy, Elon Musk, Bill McKibben, and Neil Young… among others. The dedication of Sander’s supporters is impressive and unparalleled to anything we’ve ever seen. Over 125 tech professionals came together from every demographic imaginable and launched; hands down the most comprehensive campaign site ever. Sanders has garnered an extensive network of supporters, volunteers and attention worldwide in support of political revolution brewing in this country and around the globe. One can draw many similarities to the large grassroots support in the UK of now Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn; evidencing the power of social media and a good message. This is a global call to take back our government; to tell the leaders that they need to work for ALL people, not just the wealthy, and we need the media to recognize it.

While Bernie lacks significant funding compared to Clinton and Bush, he has by far the most passionate and devoted supporters. Bernie Sanders campaign has been funded by over 400,000 individual donations – the average donation being about $33. In his entire political career he has never ran a negative ad, and in this campaign he’s refused to give in to media pressure to attack Hillary Clinton; rather he focuses solely on real issues America faces, which is inspiring to say the least.

Bernie Sanders is largely ignored by the media, or when mentioned, it’s very dismissive, mocking or only in reference to Hillary or Biden (who isn’t even in the race). For this reason the momentum and LEAD he has gained in early states are largely thanks to the persistence of dedicated volunteers and supporters. The NY Times has even recently acknowledged their lack of coverage and dismissive tone of Sanders. The fact is he’s in a better position than Obama was at this point in his 2008 campaign, and deserves to be treated as such. I ask that you do your profession justice and focus on REAL issues, rather than hate-tweets and the theatre that has now become political norm. You owe it to the public, your readers and most importantly the country to be non-bias in your reporting of real issues, regardless of your political affiliation. The national conversations have started. The political revolution is happening. Let’s get serious and stop turning our political system into a reality show.

Sanders marches for voting rights

Senator Bernie Sanders joined civil rights activists for the last leg of a 860-mile march in support of voting rights.

Demonstrators were advocating for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act.

The “Journey for Justice” crossed Memorial Bridge into Washington, DC and ended on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

“Our job is to make it easier to vote. Our job is to try to increase voter turnout. And these Republican governors are afraid when people get into the ballot box and they don’t want them to vote. We’re gonna change that,” Sanders said.

Senator Sanders denounced “cowards” in Statehouses who create new laws designed to make it harder for people to vote.

Bernie Sanders to visit New York City

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will visit New York City for a fundraising reception on Friday.

Senator Sanders will be in New York to raise money for his campaign. He is expected to discuss a wide range of issues, including income and wealth inequality and criminal justice.

The fundraising reception will be held at The Town Hall on 43rd Street.

Senator Sanders’ favorability ratings among Wall Street bankers has been low for decades now.

Tickets are required for the event, where the minimum contribution is $50. You can purchase a ticket from Bernie 2016 here.

Bernie Sanders to visit New Hampshire

Senator Bernie Sanders will make another trip to New Hampshire this weekend for town meetings, office openings and a speech.

On Saturday the 19th of September, Sanders will make an address to the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention at noon.

Later in the afternoon, at 3pm, Sanders will open the Bernie 2016 Manchester field office. The event is open to the public.

At 4:30pm, Sanders will hold a Greater Manchester town meeting at the Saint Anslem New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

On Sunday, Senator Sanders will host a town meeting in Seabrook at 12:30pm.

Later in the day at 4pm, Sanders will open the Bernie 2016 Portsmouth field office. This office opening is also open to the public, and doors open at 3pm.

To finish his two-day swing through New Hampshire, Sanders will address a town meeting at the University of New Hampshire in Durham at 6pm.

All town meetings are open to the public. No tickets are required, however the campaign strongly advises attendees to RSVP on the campaign website.

Sanders the clear favorite among independents: poll

Among independent-minded voters, Bernie Sanders comes out on top, according to results from an IVN survey released today.

A total of 5,059 respondents participated in the IVN survey, which showed Bernie Sanders to be the clear favorite, attracting support from 44.7 per cent of respondents.

Sanders’ rival for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, attracted the support of just 8.6 per cent of respondents.

You can view the full results, as well as the methodology of the survey here.

Clinton Super PAC goes after Bernie Sanders

In an unprecedented move in this election cycle, a pro-Clinton Super PAC has circulated an email attacking presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

While the Clinton campaign says it has has no plans to attack Sanders, and neither candidates have yet attacked each other directly, the pro-Clinton PAC, Correct the Record has other plans.

Correct the Record sent out an email that compares Sanders to some of the more controversial remarks of Jeremy Corbyn, the newly elected UK Labour Party leader. The Super PAC has also sent trackers after Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley.

A spokesman for Bernie Sanders, Michael Briggs said that Correct the Record was ‘distorting the record.’

“It is disappointing that Secretary Clinton’s super PAC is spreading disinformation about Bernie,” Briggs wrote.