U.s. senator bernie sanders

Date of General Election

November 3, 2020

In 1-3 sentences, what's one thing the candidate has accomplished that they are most proud of that has improved the lives of everyday people?

I’m very proud to have led the effort in the Senate to successfully demand that Amazon and Disney raise the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour - a grassroots effort that substantially raised the wages of 410,000 workers.I’m very proud to have been the first Senator to both stand with the Fight for 15 and a union movement and introduce legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Four years ago, when I said that we needed to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, it was considered an impossible dream that would never, ever happen. But today, thanks to a strong grassroots movement of working people who refused to take no for an answer, 32 jurisdictions throughout the country have implemented a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour and legislation I introduced with Congressman Bobby Scott to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour passed the House last summer.This is just one example of what we can accomplish when we stand up and fight for justice together. Real change does not happen from the top on down. Real, transformative change always takes place from the bottom on up. As president, I won’t just be the commander-in-chief. I will be the organizer-in-chief and will rally the American people behind a bold, progressive agenda to fundamentally transform this country.

What will you do as a candidate and as President to strengthen our democracy and ensure it works for everyday people, not just the wealthy and well connected?

As president, I will stand up to the greed and corruption of giant corporations and the billionaire class that is destroying the social and economic fabric of our nation.Our campaign is about building collective power to create a government that works for everyone. I am proud to have the only major presidential campaign with 5 million individual contributions, zero billionaire donors, and an average contribution of $18.Under a Sanders Administration, we are going to overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision to make clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech. We will replace the failed FEC with a true law enforcement agency. And we will finally move to a system of public financing.As president, I won’t just be the commander-in-chief, I’ll be the organizer-in-chief. Working together with our grassroots movement, we will guarantee everyone in our country the right to quality health care; the right to a high quality education - from childcare and pre-K to trade schools, apprenticeships and college; the right to a good job that pays a living wage; the right to affordable housing; the right to a secure retirement; and the right to live in a clean environment.In addition, we will put an end to voter suppression actions that cowardly Republicans have enacted to make it harder for people of color, students, and older Americans to vote. We will fight gerrymandering and make sure that every eligible American is registered to vote, period.

In your first 100 days, what will be your legislative priorities and how do those priorities speak to the needs of the people?

When I am sworn in as president, I will not wait for Congress to act on my legislative proposals -- I will immediately use existing presidential authority to rescind all of Donald Trump’s disastrous executive orders, and take new executive actions to implement a bold progressive agenda that benefits all of us, not just the wealthy and the powerful.87 million Americans are uninsured or underinsured. We will pass a Medicare for All to guarantee health care as a human right, and I will introduce that legislation in my first week in office.Climate change is the greatest threat facing us today. This is about whether we save the planet for our children and grandchildren. We are going to pass a Green New Deal to save the planet from climate catastrophe and create 20 million jobs.A minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage. We will raise it to at least $15 an hour and enact my Workplace Democracy plan to expand workers’ rights and double union membership in this country.We’re going to end ICE raids which are terrorizing communities and put a moratorium on deportations. We will undo every one of Trump’s racist executive actions, including the wall.We’ll transform our criminal justice system that is racist and broken, make public colleges and universities tuition and debt-free, cancel all student debt, invest in k-12 education enact universal childcare, expand Social Security, and implement my Housing for All plan to guarantee housing as a human right.We will do all of this and more to fundamentally transform this country to work for all of us.

What is one thing the candidate has done or plans to do, as President to stand up for communities who are under attack by the Trump administration?

We have a president who is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe and a religious bigot.I’ve proudly used our campaign and movement to stand by communities under attack from the Trump administration, and as President, I’ll continue to do so.I’ve used my campaign to organize against Trump’s deportation machine.I launched a nationwide mobilization to stop Trump from repealing the Affordable Care Act,As I said at MoveOn’s forum last year, I’ll continue to build a movement against endless war, and to stop war with Iran.Together, as the forces of militarism have kept us engaged in unending wars, we have stood arm-in-arm to fight back. For the first time in 45 years, we’ve utilized the War Powers Act to move us forward in ending the horrific Saudi-led war in Yemen.I've stood with the Muslim community against Trump's hatred and bigotry. Our campaign fundraised for abortion access organizations in the wake of right-wing attacks on reproductive rights.I’ve fought Trump’s cuts to nutrition assistance.I’ve fought against Trump's attacks on the people of Puerto Rico including taking a trip to Puerto Rico after the hurricanes to learn from the people there how I could help and introducing legislation to provide Puerto Rico with the assistance and debt-relief needed to rebuild the island.I’ve fought against the voter suppression coming from Trump and the Replican Party and worked to get Democrats elected into office.Together, we’ll defeat Donald Trump and bring fundamental political change to America.

Please share a 2-3 paragraph pitch for why MoveOn members should support the campaign

This is a campaign not just to win the Democratic primary, and not just to defeat Donald Trump, although we must and we will. This is a campaign to bring fundamental political change to America.When I am in the White House, the principles of our government will not be greed, hatred and lies. It will not be racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and religious bigotry. The principles of our government will be based on justice: economic justice, social justice, racial justice and environmental justice. Together, we will tell the powerful special interests who control so much of our economic and political life that we will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of corporate America and the billionaire class – which has resulted in this country having more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth.The only way we achieve this is through a political revolution – where millions of people get involved in the political process just as all of you have done and work together to reclaim our democracy.

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