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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bernie Sanders
Arizona's 'Sheriff Joe' Surprises Jane Sanders With Vermont History

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 3:54 PM

Jane Sanders and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the jail - ELIZABETH STUART/PHOENIX NEW TIMES
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  • Jane Sanders and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the jail
Campaigning in Arizona for her husband, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jane O'Meara Sanders on Monday visited Maricopa County's infamous outdoor tent city jail. She spoke to a contingent of reporters outside its walls in an effort to draw attention to concerns about racial profiling and what she called "inhumane" treatment of prisoners and immigrants.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a right wing icon who created the prison camp in 1993 and has ridden it to national fame, surprised Sanders by interrupting her press conference. He offered her a tour of the sprawling facility, where inmates live outdoors in temperatures that can exceed 100 degrees.

Arpaio further surprised Sanders by mentioning that he had Burlington ties.

"I was head of [the] federal Drug Enforcement [Administration] in Burlington, Vt.," he told her, explaining that he ran the unit between 1978 and 1982 — the year after Bernie Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington.
"I am a very big fan," Arpaio told Sanders, then paused for a while and resumed, "of Ben & Jerry's ice cream."

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Bits: Clinton Camp Says Sanders Ignored Black Vermonters

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 2:39 AM

With 10 days to go before South Carolina's Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) presidential campaign has doubled down on its efforts to court the state's African American voters. 

But according to top supporters of rival Hillary Clinton, Sanders' commitment to blacks is only skin deep. Citing a story published Wednesday by the Daily Beast, they accused the senator of ignoring and dismissing African American Vermonters' concerns during his 25 years in Congress.

"It is disturbing to read that Bernie Sanders has a record of consistently turning his back against the black voters in his very own state of Vermont," South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford said in a statement issued Wednesday by the Clinton campaign. "From his state's high incarceration rates to his health care proposal to his disparaging remarks on President Obama — Bernie doesn't get it."

The Daily Beast story leans heavily on critical comments made by Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity executive director Curtiss Reed Jr., who described a 2006 candidates' forum during which Sanders "was just really dismissive of anything that had to do with race and racism." Others quoted in the piece, including Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center director Patrick Brown and Brattleboro activist Shela Linton, defended Sanders. 

"We are all so proud of him," Brown said. 

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Bits: Sanders Drinks Beer on 'Colbert,' Eats Ice Cream on 'The View'

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 8:49 AM

A day after winning the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders took a victory lap in New York City, appearing all over your television screen.

He helped CBS' Stephen Colbert get "The Late Show" going:

He explained to Colbert how he differs from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump:

He even drank beer and ate boiled peanuts with Colbert. (For that video, click here and skip ahead to 31:48.)

Earlier Wednesday, Sanders took "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley on a tour of the Brooklyn neighborhood in which he was raised:

And he sat down for an interview with Pelley:

Sanders even made time to eat some Ben & Jerry's on ABC's "The View."

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Bernie Sanders
Bernie's Folk Album Is (Maybe) Tearing Up the Charts

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Bernie Sanders, We Shall Overcome - COURTESY OF TODD LOCKWOOD
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  • Bernie Sanders, We Shall Overcome
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is saving the music industry. Well, maybe not quite. But his now famous — or perhaps infamous — folk EP, We Shall Overcome, is doing pretty well on the charts.

As Todd Lockwood, who engineered and produced the record back in 1987, informs us, Bernie's EP is presently the top downloaded album in the folk, folk-rock and spoken-word categories on Amazon. It is also well inside Amazon's top 100 paid albums overall, checking in at No. 66 as of this filing. Bernie's album is also currently among the top sellers at indie online retailer CD Baby. But wait, there's more.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Bits: Sanders to Trade the Trail for the White House

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 11:02 PM

Five days before the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plans to leave the campaign trail Wednesday to huddle with President Barack Obama at the White House.

"The President and Sen. Sanders first discussed this meeting last December when Sen. Sanders attended the Congressional Holiday Ball," White House press secretary John Earnest said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. "The two will meet privately in the Oval Office, and there will be no formal agenda."

The confab comes just days after Obama threw shade at the Vermonter in an interview with Politico, dismissing him as nothing more than a "bright, shiny object" in the campaign to succeed him. The president spoke more favorably about his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, who is battling Sanders for the Democratic nomination. 

Though Obama campaigned for Sanders in Vermont in 2006 and Sanders returned the favor in 2008 and 2012, the two have never been close. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that in Sanders' 40 visits to the White House since Obama was elected president, visitor logs showed them meeting privately in the Oval Office just once, in December 2014. 

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Bits: Obama Refers to Sanders as 'Bright, Shiny Object'

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 7:23 PM

In his first in-depth interview about the race to succeed him, President Barack Obama on Friday dismissed the notion that Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) insurgent campaign mirrored his own successful 2008 bid.

"No, I don't think — I don't think that's true," Obama said. "I think Bernie came in with the luxury of being a complete long-shot and just letting loose. I think Hillary [Clinton] came in with the — both privilege and burden of being perceived as the frontrunner. And, as a consequence, you know, where they stood at the beginning probably helps to explain why the language sometimes is different."

During the 40-minute interview with Politico's Glenn Thrush, released Monday morning, Obama occasionally complimented Sanders.

"There's no doubt that Bernie has tapped into a running thread in Democratic politics that says: Why are we still constrained by the terms of the debate that were set by Ronald Reagan 30 years ago?" Obama said. "You know, why is it that we should be scared to challenge conventional wisdom and talk bluntly about inequality and, you know, be full-throated in our progressivism? And, you know, that has an appeal and I understand that."

But, at times, the president sounded a more dismissive tone. 

"You know, you're always looking at the bright, shiny object that people don't, haven't seen before," he said, apparently referring to the senator from Vermont. "That's a disadvantage to [Clinton]. Bernie is somebody who —although I don't know as well because he wasn't, obviously, in my administration, has the virtue of saying exactly what he believes, and [with] great authenticity, great passion, and is fearless. His attitude is, 'I got nothing to lose.'"

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Bits: Sanders Dismisses Bloomberg Buzz, Newspaper Nods

Posted By on Sun, Jan 24, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Reacting to reports that former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg might join the presidential race, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that he relished the prospect.

"Well, my reaction is that if Donald Trump wins and Mr. Bloomberg gets in, you're going to have two multi-billionaires running for president of the United States against me," Sanders said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "And I think the American people do not want to see our nation move toward an oligarchy where billionaires control the political process. I think we'll win that election."

On Saturday, the New York Times broke the news that a surge of support for Trump and Sanders had prompted Bloomberg to revisit his long-running desire to seek the presidency. Earlier on "Meet the Press," former secretary of state Hillary Clinton said she, too, wasn't worried — but for a different reason. 

"Well, the way I read what [Bloomberg] said is if I didn't get the nomination, he might consider it," Clinton said. "Well, I'm going to relieve him of that and get the nomination so he doesn't have to."

Clinton, who has lagged behind Sanders in several recent polls, picked up endorsements Sunday from the leading newspapers in Iowa and New Hampshire. 

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bernie Sanders
New Bernie Ad Hits Ya Right in the Feels

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 12:21 PM

As the presidential caucuses in Iowa loom, the Democratic frontrunners are ratcheting up the rhetoric with a flurry of ad campaigns and trading barbs with increasing snark and snarl.

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton appealed to Iowa voters with a new ad titled "This House." The 60-second spot outlines Clinton's case to be the next occupant of the White House, highlighting her political bona fides as a former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state. It also carried a not-so-subtle undercurrent of portentous gravity. It isn't quite on par with, say, the America-as-post-apocalyptic-immigrant-infested-hellscape portrayed in Republican candidate Donald Trump's pants-igniting first TV ad. But it's not exactly warm and fuzzy, either.

Today, Clinton rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took a decidedly different tack with a new ad of his own. Set to the inspirational folk-rock strains of the Simon & Garfunkel classic "America," Sanders' ad appeals to a spirit of hope and unity in both tone and scope.

The ad sets the scene with images of Rockwellian small towns, tugboats in a quiet harbor, farmers with cows and young folks working. As Paul and Art gently croon, we see a smiling Sanders shaking hands on the campaign trail, greeting fans with his wife and riling up enormous crowds at rallies — including his campaign kickoff on the Burlington waterfront.

Then, at the song's hooky climax, "They've all come to look for America," the faces of thousands of Sanders supporters cascade across the screen — images his campaign donors submitted digitally. We hear not a peep from the man himself until the very end, when, over an image of the grinning candidate at a rally podium he approves the ad and… Ah jeez, I think I've got something in my eye. Just watch it:


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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Bits: Sanders, Clinton Clash on Sunday Shows

Posted By on Sun, Jan 17, 2016 at 5:06 PM

Hours before Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate in Charleston, S.C., Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton mixed it up in back-to-back interviews on four of the five Sunday morning talk shows.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Clinton distanced herself from a Politico report that a super PAC aligned with her campaign planned to air television advertisements demanding that the 74-year-old senator release his medical records. 

"Well, I don't know anything about it, but I have released my medical records," Clinton told host Jake Tapper. "And I remember being asked frequently for me to do so. And, so, obviously that's, you know, something I will leave up to the Sanders campaign."

The Clinton super PAC, Correct the Record, disputed the Politico report Saturday and did not immediately air any such ads. But in an email to supporters Saturday evening, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver assailed the potential ads as "one of the most desperate and vile attacks imaginable."

On Sunday's "State of the Union," Sanders sought to tie Correct the Record founder David Brock to Clinton, saying that he had raised "millions of dollars from very wealthy people and special interests" to support her campaign. 

"Second of all, of course we're going to release our medical records," he continued. "Thank God, I am very healthy. We will get our medical records out the same way that Secretary Clinton has gotten her records out. It is not a problem."

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Bits: Clinton Hammers Sanders on Guns As Polls Tighten

Posted By on Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 11:53 PM

A fight over firearm laws continued into its third day Sunday as former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) revisited the issue on the morning talk shows. 

Clinton has repeatedly criticized Sanders for a 2005 vote protecting gun dealers and manufacturers from legal liability. Though Sanders has said in recent months that he would consider revisiting aspects of the legislation, Clinton accused him Sunday of "refusing to say that he would vote to repeal" it. 

"You know, President Obama and I and Sen. Sanders were all in the Senate at the same time," she told CBS' John Dickerson on "Face the Nation." "Two of us voted against what the NRA says was the most important piece of legislation in 20 years for the gun lobby. Senator Sanders voted with them."

Speaking Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Sanders referred to the immunity law as "complicated" and said that there were "aspects of it ... that were wrong" and that he would like to "revise." But, he told host George Stephanopoulous, "There are parts of it that made sense to me."

"Look, George, if you have a small gun shop owner in northern Vermont who sells a gun legally to somebody and then, you know, something happens to that guy — he goes nuts or something  and he kills somebody — should the gun shop owner be held liable?" Sanders asked. 

As the two leading Democratic presidential candidates argued over the matter, a pair of polls released Sunday showed them statistically tied in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to vote next month. In Iowa, Clinton leads Sanders just 48 to 45 percent, according to a survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal, NBC News and Marist. Those same organizations found Sanders leading Clinton 50 to 46 percent in New Hampshire. 

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