Bernie answers your questions live on C-SPAN

Following his rally in Columbia, South Carolina, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took questions live on C-SPAN.

After the rally that lasted almost a full hour and a half, Sanders took to the air live on C-SPAN to answer questions from Americans across the country.

Sanders began by saying the campaign was far more advanced than he initially thought it would be, just three and a half months since he announced he was running for president.

He said that more than 400,000 Americans had made contributions to his campaign, with the average donation at roughly $31.

Senator Sanders said he believed his campaign has a lot of momentum, because they are speaking to the issues that no other candidates are talking about. He said he has been surprised by the number of people turning out to his rallies, and their enthusiasm.

He called for a political revolution of millions of people, taking part in the political process.

A Republican caller from Illinois asked Senator Sanders about his plans for health care. Sanders responded by saying he would fight for a Medicare for all system to provide quality health care for all people, eliminating profiteering by health insurance companies.

One caller said that after watching Sanders’ rally with his wife and daughter, they were very moved, and said that he was a supporter, but his family are now believers. He thanked Senator Sanders for his efforts.

Another caller who identified as a Republican said that he was disillusioned by bother major parties, saying he was looking for a candidate he could support that could keep their promises. Sanders agreed with the caller’s concerns. He said that it would take a grassroots political movement, where millions of people stand together to bring the change so many Americans want to see.

Sanders will continue his two-day swing in South Carolina on Saturday, with a town meeting in Sumter and rally in Charleston.

 

Sanders to introduce bill to abolish private prisons

Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders will introduce a bill to abolish private prisons.

When Congress reconvenes in September, Senator Sanders says he will introduce legislation that will take ‘corporations out of profiteering from running jails’.

Sanders made the announcement at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada the other day, to a crowd of thousands of supporters, some watching on from a multi-level parking complex nearby.

“It is morally repugnant and a national tragedy that we have privatized prisons all over America,” Sanders says on his website.

Today, for-profit companies are responsible for approximately 6 percent of state prisoners and 16 percent of federal prisoners.

Sanders campaign to open five new offices in New Hampshire

Surging presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is set to open five new offices in New Hampshire, where he currently leads Hillary Clinton.

The campaign will establish its New Hampshire headquarters in Manchester, and it will open an additional four offices across the state for a total of six.

Kurt Ehrenberg, the campaign’s coordinator in New Hampshire, told reporters that the campaign is hiring new staff every day, and things are going extremely well.

“It’s nice to see that Bernie’s catching on. It’s clear that the more people know Bernie and feel like they know what his issues are, what he stands for, how authentic he is, how genuine his message is. They really like him and want to vote for him as president,” Ehrenberg said.

Sanders currently leads Hillary Clinton, according to the latest Franklin Pierce/Boston Herald poll in New Hampshire has him ahead  44 to 37 per cent.

Sanders opens field office in Iowa City

Bernie Sanders opened his Iowa City office on Saturday and was welcomed by a crowd of 300 local supporters.

Sanders spoke on issues of concern to the working class, including the minimum wage and pay equality for women workers. He called the current minimum wage of $7.23 “a starvation wage” while calling for it to be raised to $15.

The independent Senator from Vermont touched on the issue of police brutality, which has been a serious issue gaining traction across the United States. He said police should be accountable for their actions.

Senator Sanders continued talking about his vision for America. He discussed many issues of concern, and some raised by the public, including combating climate change, reform of the education system and universal healthcare.

Sanders is in Iowa for a three-day swing through the Hawkeye State.

Sanders campaign launches new ‘Super Pack’

Bernie Sanders may be refusing money from wealthy contributors by means of a Super PAC, but the campaign has started what it calls a ‘Super Pack’.

Announced via email to supporters yesterday, the Super Pack is designed to encourage monthly small donations, rather than big sums of money from corporate backers.

The campaign says that by receiving monthly donations, it will be able to have a stable and predictable source of revenue.

The email concludes by reminding supporters that while the campaign does not have ‘the billionaire class or shadowy corporations’, it has you.

In the last report filed to the Federal Electoral Commission, the campaign had raised $15m from 250,000 individual contributors. That number is expected to be much larger when the campaign files its next report.

Meet Symone Sanders, new Bernie 2016 press secretary

Symone Sanders has been named Bernie 2016’s national press secretary, and no, she’s not related to the Senator.

Sanders is a 26-year-old activist, part of the Black Lives Matter movement, passionate about economic justice. She currently serves as National Youth Chair of the Campaign for Juvenile Justice.

Before joining the campaign, Sanders worked as a communicators officer at Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen, an organisation which seeks equal representation of American citizens in government.

Sanders has began to speak at campaign rallies, starting in Portland, Oregon, where she fired up a crowd of almost 20,000.

“My name is Symone Sanders,” she said to an excited and applauding crowd of supporters. Sanders introduced herself as the campaign’s national press secretary.

She told the crowd, that should a disruption happen, similar to one that abruptly ended an event in Seattle, the crowd was to respond with a vocal chorus, shouting, “We stand together!” Sanders lead the crowd in a practice run. No disruptions took place in Oregon.

Sanders went on to speak about racial justice, economic equality and climate change, before introducing Senator Bernie Sanders.

Symone Sanders can be found on Twitter, tweeting as @SymoneDSanders.