Sanders urges Clinton to back paid family leave

Bernie Sanders has urged Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton to back his proposal for paid family leave.

At a roundtable discussion with family caregivers in Iowa on Sunday, Sanders spoke out in favor of paid family leave for new parents, and called on Hillary Clinton to back his proposal.

“When parents have a baby they should not be forcibly separated from that baby because they cannot afford to stay at home with their child,” Sanders said during the discussion at the Central Presbyterian Church.

“The United States remains one of the only major countries in the world that does not guarantee paid family and medical leave to its people,” he added. “It is unconscionable that millions of new parents in this country are forced back to work because they don’t have the income to stay home with their newborn babies.”

Sanders causes upset in new CBS polls

A series of CBS poll questions released today point to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders a favorite to handle the big issues.

On the question of income inequality and the economy, voters feel that Bernie Sanders is best positioned to manage those issues, a sign that his strong economic message is cutting through.

A CBS News Poll asked respondents which of the three Democratic candidates would do a better job handling the economy and jobs. 43 per cent said Sanders would, compared to Clinton’s 40 per cent and O’Malley’s 17 per cent.

Sanders stood out on income inequality, with 58 per cent of respondents saying he would do a better job handling that issue, compared with Clinton’s 31 per cent and O’Malley’s 11 per cent.

However, the independent senator from Vermont did not stand out as much on issues such as Islamic State, terrorism and “bringing change to Washington.” Clinton leads him on both of those issues. Domestic policy has been the primary focus of Sanders’ campaign.

Make sure you’re tweeting about Bernie tonight

Tonight’s Democratic debate is being co-sponsored by Twitter, and how the candidates’ performance is reported will depend on Twitter engagement.

Tonight, Twitter will be tracking conversations about each of the candidates throughout the Democratic debate. Ultimately, the candidate who is being discussed the most will appear to be the better performer.

Supporters of Bernie Sanders should be sure to continually tweet about the Senator’s performance during the debate and engaging in discussion about what’s being said.

Make sure you’re tweeting with the #DemDebate hashtag when you’re talking about Bernie during the debate!

How to watch tonight’s Democratic debate

The three Democratic candidates will take to the stage tonight to spar over foreign policy and the economy. Here’s how to watch it live.

Tonight’s debate is being held in Des Moines, Iowa and will be hosted by John Dickerson. It will kick off at 9pm ET. The debate is being sponsored by CBS News, which means it will be available on network television, nationwide.

Oh, and pre-debate coverage will begin at 8pm ET.

CBS News is also available on streaming devices such as Apple TV.

If, for some reason, you don’t have a television, or would prefer to watch it online, you can do that also. CBS News will stream the debate on its website.

You can also watch the debate on your mobile device, by downloading the CBS News app for iOS and Android.

The second Democratic debate is tomorrow

Democratic candidates will take to the stage on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, where they will square off over policy. 

Absent from the debate will be Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee who dropped out of the race following the first Democratic debate hosted by CNN.

The debate will kick off at 9 PM ET and will be broadcasted on CBS and live streamed to their website. The debate is also being sponsored by KCCI and the Des Moines register.

Debate moderator John Dickerson said he plans to focus the debate primarily on the economy, especially wages and income inequality. He says the goal of the moderator is to illuminate the views of the candidates on the issues that matter most voters.

Many have been critical of the DNC for scheduling the debate on a Saturday night, a strange time, with audiences significantly lower than other nights of the week.

The third Democratic debate will be held in late December in New Hampshire and will be hosted by ABC News.

Sanders: We stand with the people of France

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released a statement following a series of deadly attacks in Paris, France.

“We are all horrified by the cowardly attacks against innocent civilians in Paris,” the Senator said in the statement.

“I offer my sympathy to the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of France, the first friend of the United States.”

Sanders to air third television ad

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has debuted his third television at which will air in Iowa and New Hampshire. 

The ad, entitled “Rigged Economy” features Sanders speaking to large audiences at campaign rallies, similar to the campaign’s first two advertisements.

“He’s taking on Wall Street and a corrupt political system that keeps in place a rigged economy,” a narrator says.

Sanders’ campaign has been supported by more than 1 million donations, the narrator adds, from “people like you who see the middle class disappearing and want a future to believe in.”

The ad will go to air on Saturday in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Win a copy of the Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America

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The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is a must-read for anyone who shares a vision for a forward-looking, sustainable, and more just United States of America, and is eager to change the course of history.

If you would like to own the book right now, it can be purchased on Amazon as a paperback, for Kindle or as an audio book.

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Support for Sanders explodes in Texas

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has achieved a big leap in Texas, according to a poll of likely Democratic primary voters.

The University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, conducted from the end of October until November 8 showed that Bernie Sanders was the first choice among 30 per cent of voters.

That’s up from 15 per cent in an earlier poll conducted by the same firm in June. Clinton’s lead has shrunk by almost 7 per cent since that same time.

Bernie Sanders to hold Cleveland rally

In his first campaign trip to Ohio, Bernie Sanders will hold a rally at Cleveland State University on Monday night.

The rally will kick off at 7pm at the Wolstein Center on Prospect Avenue. Doors will open at 6pm. The event is free and open to the public, however the campaign strongly recommends attendees register online prior to the event.

The campaign says Sanders will discuss a “wide range of issues, including criminal justice reform, his college affordability plan, immigration reform, income and wealth inequality and getting big money out of politics.”

The independent Senator’s primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, won the Ohio primary in 2008 against now president Barack Obama.