Sanders named most popular senator in America

According to a constituent poll conducted by Morning Consult, Bernie Sanders is the most popular senator in the United States.

The poll of 62,000 registered voters determined which senators were most liked, or loathed by their constituents by calculating their approval rating.

It found that eighty percent of Vermont voters said they approve of Sanders, while just 17 percent disapprove, the best numbers of any senator in the United States.

Senator Sanders also came out on top the last time such a poll was released, in November.

Among the most disliked senators included Marco Rubio of Florida, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, who all scored a disapproval rating of greater than 41 per cent.

President Obama praises Sanders on campaign finance

During a news conference at the White House on Thursday, President Barack Obama praised Bernie Sanders’ grassroots-funded campaign.

The president told journalists that Sanders’ fundraising efforts could help restore voters’ faith in the democratic system.

“You’ve got to give Bernie Sanders, for example, credit — building off some of the work I did; I, in turn, built off the work that Howard Dean did — for smaller donations, grassroots donors, to build up small contributions to allow candidates to be competitive,” President Obama said.

Obama also signalled that more should be done to fix campaign finance, saying it’s not enough for candidates like Sanders to voluntarily rely on small donations.

“I am a strong believer in finding ways in which we can make the financing of campaigns more democratic,” he said.

Throughout his campaign, Sanders has smashed major fundraising records, outraising every other candidate in the race, Democrats and Republicans, this year. He has received close to seven million donations from two million people.

In March alone, Sanders raised $44 million, almost all of it from small-dollar donors contributing to his campaign online.

Live results: New York primary

Can Bernie Sanders defeat Hillary Clinton in the state she once represented in the United States Senate for two terms?

Democrats in the Empire State take to the polls today to decide who they would like to be the party’s presidential nominee. With 247 delegates up for grabs, the primary is critical for bother candidates.

A victory for Bernie Sanders will help him close his pledged delegate deficit, which is now just less than 200 delegates.

Polling has shown the race tightening in recent days, with one Gravis study conducted just days ago showing Senator Sanders within just six points of Secretary Clinton.

Will the strong, grassroots efforts of Sanders’ campaign, making millions of phone calls into the state, ahead of today’s primary be enough to get him over the line? We’ll find out after polls close at 9pm Eastern time.

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Bernie Sanders meets Pope Francis

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has met Pope Francis while in Rome to attend a conference on social, economic and environmental issues.

Bernie Sanders has told the media in Rome that he and wife Jane briefly met with Pope Francis this morning in the papal residence. He said the meeting took place just before the pontiff left Rome for a one-day visit to Greece.

The presidential contender told the media he was honored by the meeting, and told Pope Francis that he appreciated his push to inject morality and justice into the world economy.

“It was a real honor for me, for my wife and I to spend some time with him. I think he is one of the extraordinary figures not only in the world today but in modern world history.”

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, a foreign policy adviser to Bernie Sanders said that no photos were taken of the meeting, which he said lasted for around five minutes.

Sanders made a quick trip to Rome days before New York’s critical primary to address a high-level meeting held by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The Vatican had invited him to the event.

The Vermont Senator has long been an admirer of Pope Francis, and agrees with him on many issues, including climate change, and income and wealth inequality.

Sanders ad hits Clinton over minimum wage

A new television ad released by Sanders’ campaign questions why some politicians earn $200,000 an hour, while denying American workers $15 an hour.

The new 30 second advertisement is a clear jab at opponent Secretary Clinton, who has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from financial institutions for hour-long speeches, while not supporting a $15 an hour federal minimum wage.

“Wall Street banks shower Washington politicians with campaign contributions and speaking fees,” the narrator says as the ad opens.

“And what do they get for it? A rigged economy, tax breaks and bailouts.”

“$200,000 an hour for them, but not even 15 bucks an hour for all Americans. Enough is enough,” the ad concludes.

At last night’s Democratic debate, Senator Sanders highlighted Secretary Clinton’s inconsistency on the minimum wage, and pressed her to release the transcripts of her speeches to Wall Street banks.

Sanders gets first Senate endorsement

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has scored his first endorsement from a Senate colleague in Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon.

In an op-ed published in the New York Times, Senator Merkley writes he has “decided to become the first member of the Senate to support my colleague Bernie Sanders for president.”

Senator Merkley cites income and wealth inequality as one of the reasons for his support of Sanders’ candidacy.

“It is time to recommit ourselves to that vision of a country that measures our nation’s success not at the boardroom table, but at kitchen tables across America.”

“Bernie Sanders stands for that America, and so I stand with Bernie Sanders for president,” Merkley concludes.

While Merkley’s endorsement is Sanders’ first from a serving United States Senator, he has earned the endorsement of former Senators Paul G. Kirk of Massachusetts and Don Riegle of Michigan.

Jeff Merkley has represented Oregon in the United States Senate since 2009. He was previously Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.

Susan Sarandon voices new ad for Sanders

Bernie Sanders has released a new campaign ad focusing on his opposition to fracking, voiced by actress Susan Sarandon.

The new 30 second ad, titled “No Fracking Anywhere” explains how dirty polluters have influence over congress.

“Big Oil pumps millions into their campaigns. Bernie Sanders is the only candidate for president who opposes fracking everywhere,” Sarandon says in the new ad.

“He can’t be bought by them, because he’s funded by you,” she concludes.

Sanders has been critical of opponent Hillary Clinton for refusing to support a universal ban on fracking across the United States.

Sanders’ new ad focuses on his Brooklyn roots

A new television ad released by Sanders’ campaign on Sunday emphasizes his “values forged in New York.”

The 30 second spot, titled “Bolder,” will air statewide, as news polling shows a tightening race in the Empire State.

“New York — what makes it think bigger? Go bolder?” asks the narrator in the new ad.

The new spot focuses on Sanders’ fight for a $15 minimum wage, free tuition at public colleges and universities, and his commitment to repair a broken criminal justice system.

“Brooklyn born. Native son who knows what we know: we are all in this together,” the narrator concludes.

Bernie Sanders’ powerful new ad is going viral

A compelling new, people powered ad released by Sanders’ campaign on Saturday is picking up steam online.

The ad, dubbed “Make History,” featured several supporters of Bernie Sanders, sharing their own stories of their involvement in the campaign. It was released on Sanders’ social media channels on Saturday.

Volunteers featured in the ad share their experiences of doorknocking, phonebanking and handing out flyers for the campaign.

One supporter explains how he cut his own hair, so that he could save and send the $20 he would have paid to get it cut to Sanders’ campaign.

Bernie Sanders’ voice is also heard in the ad.

“We are going to build a movement of millions of Americans who are prepared to stand up, and fight back,” Sanders says.

“When people stand together, there is nothing that cannot be accomplished.”

Live results: Wyoming caucuses

Democrats in Wyoming are caucusing today to decide who they want to be the party’s presidential nominee.

There are 14 pledged delegates up for grabs today in Wyoming’s Democratic caucuses. A win for Senator Sanders in the Cowboy State will play a minor role in helping him close Secretary Clinton’s pledged delegate lead.

Bernie Sanders has run the stronger campaign in Wyoming, hoping to build on his momentum going into New York’s crucial primary, while Hillary Clinton has focused on fundraising in her adopted home state of New York, and around the country.

Sanders is expected to perform well in today’s caucus, a format which has historically favored him, most recently in states such as Hawaii, Washington and Alaska. He also pulled off huge wins in Colorado and Nebraska’s caucuses earlier in the primary season.

You can follow the live results from today’s caucuses in Wyoming as they come in below.

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