The political journey of Bernie Sanders


-I think because Vermont
is so small, it takes a different kind
of candidate to do well here. You really need to go out there
and meet a lot of the people who are going to vote
for or against you. We tend to produce candidates who may be a little bit
rough around the edges but have that personal touch. -Bernie Sanders seemed to come
out of nowhere in 2015. He was an obscure senator
from a small state. And he shouted a lot. -You want to share it
with the American people! -But people were listening. -Bernie Sanders is the person I’ve
been looking for all my life. -I just like how he doesn’t lie. He tells the truth,
and he’s just about the issues. He’s not playing
a political game. -People were making fun of me
last summer, “He’s not gonna make it.” Look, here we are now,
this summer. We’re going. -For David Zuckerman,
it brought back old memories. -Bernie first inspired me
as a cynical college student back in the early ’90s. I thought that the
corporate money in politics, that the two parties
and the power structure was something I didn’t want
to get involved in. -But thanks to Sanders,
Zuckerman did get involved. He’s now Vermont’s
lieutenant governor. -I was incredibly impressed
with what he did a few years ago where basically that inspiration
for me I saw happen with millions of people
all across the country. -For many Americans,
it felt like Sanders had a fresh and urgent message. But it was the same message he’d
been running on for 40 years. -What we talk about is the fact
that in our society, theoretically
a democratic society, you have a handful of people
who control our economy. In the United States today, we have the most unequal
distribution of income and wealth
of any major country on earth. -When Sanders was elected mayor
of Burlington in 1981, it got national attention. -Face it, you don’t find
too many socialists in elective office
in this country, and one is elected mayor of a
sizable city, well, that’s news. -You try to make the story,
you know, Communist takeover. I said, “No, no, not at all.” -Garrison Nelson has known
Sanders since his earliest days
in politics. He says Sanders may have
talked like a radical, but he didn’t govern like one. -There’s no five-year plan. There’s no collectivize
agriculture. There’s no nationalizing,
you know, of industry. Every rich person
in Burlington remained rich. You know, no, they weren’t
driven out of the city by the lefty mayor. -Already gone through
and been approved. -No, Senate’s not in. -Bob Kinzel is one of Vermont’s
most well-known journalists. He’s covered Sanders
for decades. -Bernie’s got a lot
of philosophical ideas that are quite broad
and wide-ranging. And people say,
“Can he compromise? Can he work with people? Can he work with
the business community?” And as mayor,
he showed he could. -What is the history
of this problem? How long has this problem
gone on? Is it worse today than it was
20 years ago or what? -Well, the problem
has almost gone on forever. As long as Burlington has had
a sewer system, which probably dates from
about the middle of the 1800s, we’ve been dumping it
in the lake. -Now, if you look
at the old waterfront, you had these big oil tanks
out in the water, and the place was just a mess. And he worked with
the business community to say, “Let’s make the waterfront sort
of the jewel of Burlington.” -Sanders also increased funding
for the arts during his four terms as mayor. -So you had this sort of synergy
of lefty politics and then, you know,
artists and musicians, and the city just became
just vibrant, sort of mini mecca here
in the woods of New England. -Bernie Sanders.
It’s time for change. -In 1990, Sanders ran
for the House of Representatives as a member of the independent
party, and he won. In 2006, Vermonters
made him a senator. He spent much of his time
in Washington as an outsider, a third-party politician
in a two-party town and a champion of progressive
policies at a time when Democrats
were moving to the center. -As an independent, I have problems
with the Democrats’ bill. It does not go anywhere
near far enough. Let me describe very briefly
how, with a single-payer system, we can provide
quality healthcare to every man, woman,
and child in this country. We should be clear that a war and a long-term
American occupation of Iraq could be extremely expensive. Does anybody in America really think that the problem
in this institution now is that working people and
poor people have too much power? -If you keep pushing further
and further to the left, you start to drag the middle
in that direction, and I think that’s been his way of operating throughout
his legislative career. -Sanders has sponsored
more than 400 bills during his nearly 30 years
in Congress. But only seven of those bills
were passed into law. One protected a Vermont
mountain range. Another codified
a water-sharing agreement with neighboring
New Hampshire. Two of the bills expanded
government support for veterans, while two others simply
renamed Vermont post offices. -He hasn’t done squat
for anybody. -Rob Roper leads a free-market
think tank in Vermont. -Are there more jobs in Vermont? Are there higher-paying jobs
in Vermont as the result of him
having been in office? -Sanders may have little to show
for his decades in Congress, but he has remained Vermont’s
most popular politician. -Bernie Sanders is a bulldog
for what he believes in. -What’s fascinating
about Bernie is that, yes, he has progressive voters,
yes, he has liberal voters, but he also has some very
conservative Republican voters. He can go up to
the Northeast Kingdom, the most rural part of Vermont,
and people will go, “Give ’em hell, Bernie.” -Chris Pearson saw it firsthand as a campaign volunteer
in the ’90s. -Aye.
-Now he’s a state senator. -I had only actually been
with Bernie a few times at this point,
and I’ll never forget this. This guy walks up,
kind of working-class guy, says, “Bernie, I disagree with you on
just about everything, and I vote for you every time.” And I’m looking at Bernie like, “Wow, how’s he gonna
answer this?” And Bernie says very frankly,
says, “Why?” And the guy says, “I know right
where you stand. These other guys,
I don’t have a clue.” -Consistency may be a strength
for Sanders, but he may need more than that to stand out
in a crowded Democratic field. -Given that there are
so many choices, it’s been more challenging
for him to not only grow
his pool of support, but to expand it, as well. -We need a lot of buses
to get to Washington. -And though he can certainly
electrify a crowd, he often struggles to connect
with people one-on-one. -When it comes to him
on the campaign trail, he does not tend to interact
on a one-on-one level with a lot of voters the way
that some other candidates do. -Hi, Senator.
-Hey, Nick. -How are you?
-Good. -Some Democrats I’ve talked
to say, “Look, Democrats want to know
their candidates. They want to see them. They want to talk
to them up close.” So that could be one of the
challenges that he faces as he tries to grow support. -Communities devastated,
the jobs moved overseas. -The Sanders campaign
is different this time around. -Real change never takes place
from the top on down. -More professional and better
organized than it was in 2016. But the man at the center
is likely to keep doing what he’s always done. -So much of the money
is going into the war effort and into the military
that we don’t have enough money to build all the housing
that we want built. -When you hear him speak, you are really getting
Sanders himself. He’s famous for scrawling
out his speeches on his yellow notepad. He’s been doing that
for decades. And, you know,
you can have consultants and you can have pollsters
telling him what to do, but he’s probably
not gonna listen. -Oh, who said they like coke?
-Me. -You tell me about that.
-I like Coca-Cola. -Oh, Coca-Cola. Alright, but who knows
about cocaine? Anyone ever seen cocaine? -Yes.
No. -Yes.
-Alright. Hold it.
One at a time. What about cocaine?
Good thing, bad thing, what? -Bad.
-Bad. -Why is it bad? -Because it has a bad effect
on the body. -That’s right. Do you know people
who take drugs? -No. -You don’t have to tell me who,
but I bet you do.

Maurice Vega

51 Responses

  1. If Americams choose as Bernie Sanders better elect Mr. Trump's he his better then him Trump's his the best Presidential for next election now he having more experience last 3 years he will take up USA to a excellent level no one done before in USA 👍✌👌

  2. Ha ha… Bernie is not good in one o one small talk haha….. he is not pandering you mean….it is not about him, it is the issues facing this country. He has more love in his body then the whole damn republican party. What the hell are you talking about.

  3. Wow!! Washington Post with an actual positive(and honest) piece on Uncle Bernie… shocked to say the least. Bezos has a soft spot for the Bern!

  4. Washington Post has lost all credibility. They're incapable of not showing their bias against Bernie. A once reputable news source.

  5. Bernie 'came out of nowhere' because Clinton wasn't making her poll numbers. Bernie Pied-Pipered the Left away to La-La Land so Clinton could jink Hard Right and poll her pro-Israel and pro-Warhawk role in the Obama Administration, going after the Bluebloods and the Chosen. Then Bernie drove the Leftist sheep into Clinton corral, and rolled over for his hoped-for SecState Cabinet future in her administration.
    75% of those who voted for Bernie said they will never be fooled again. He's not polling ANYWHERE near where he was in 2016, and has ALREADY PUBLICLY STATED HE WILL TURN HIS VOTES OVER TO BIDEN!
    Today he's spewing proven Big Lies about 'Increasing Hurricanes Are Caused By The Rich!" and 'Great New Deal', a $1,600 BILLION Socialist Wehrmacht that would be as big as Warfare + Welfare COMBINED, with a Fed Mil.Gov.Sci that is TWICE AS BIG, and an at least +30% increase in taxes ACROSS THE BOARD.
    It's all just self-promotion and self-aggrandizement, chasing after Leftist PAC $s like Arabella, which itself feeds on churn-cycles of End of Days media moghouls, one of the most profitable tropes since Star Wars.
    "Results take time, but I know we'll get there. God Bless America!' We are STILL paying for Reagan's Folly.

  6. This video is great, but I still find subtle mistruths throughout. They misrepresent Sanders' legislative background in Congress by showing how many Bill's he personally passed. He did the most legislative work by putting amendments (that spoke to his issues) on other bills that were all PASSED by Congress. This dubbed him the name "the amendment king". It's Bernie 2020 baby!!!

  7. He did the most legislative work by putting amendments (that spoke to his issues) on other bills that were all PASSED by Congress. This dubbed him the name "the amendment king". It's Bernie 2020 baby!!!

  8. This played automatically after another video and after hearing some words I thought "I bet this is the washington post" hahah

  9. The classic dinosaur. All his ideas are prehistoric failures. FREE……  Anyone that does not earn (work)
      what they have will never appreciate what they get for free. It doesn't even make sense to obtain or get freebies. Individual responsibility is never a topic of discussion amongst these liberals. It's non existent when in fact it is the most important aspect of ones dignity and self respect. Show me an individual who gets a pass on earning a living through individual motivation/desire and I'll show you an individual with entitlement issues that transcends there ability to get off the couch. Bernie represents a crowd that does not take inventory of there own decisions and take responsibility; rather points the finger outward towards those that had absolutely nothing to do with the situations they find themselves based on the decisions they made. Most people want to work hard (even if it's a struggle) and grow develop and climb the ladder as they go through there lives and obtain self respect and dignity raising a family or being able to take care of themselves. Dignity is spawned via individual responsibility win/loose or draw. The nation should not take Sander's and his supporters as the rule but rather the exception and outlier that should not drive the momentum of the country's sentiment.

  10. Stupid empty head jerks. They have no brain and IQ lower than dogs and cats. Stupid fools. They just talk and talk and talk. Fools.

  11. lol ironic the motto of your "news organization" is "democracy dies in darkness" while you guys also are owned by Jeff bezos and act as corporate propaganda

  12. The WaPo Creative Team: "Some of our criticisms of Bernie have been too obviously biased. Let's make a video which seems like a puff piece but ultimately undermines his candidacy."

    "How about some anecdotal evidence from a Koch-backed think tank?"

    "That's perfect!!"

    "What if we interview Sean, who covers Bernie's campaign worse than some conservatives."

    "LOL! Great idea!"

    "Let's take his career out of context to make it seem like he is a failure even though the Center for Effective Lawmaking has consistently given him a grade of "meets or exceeds expectations."

    "…they will never see it coming."

  13. No matter how bad you paint Bernie Sanders he will become the nominee. He doesn't need to grow others need to catch I don't mean polls. The election is fluid because the media are in a struggle to accept Bernie Sanders has been the leader of the democratic party since 2016. He had 13 million last time. I think he will get close to 20 million now. Can any other candidate get more than that?

  14. "and he shouted a lot" lmao why dont you guys speak actual substance?? hahahah right because your daddy Bezos is scared of finally paying taxes 😂 Bernie 2020 🔥

  15. "If you, if we don't elect Bernie Sanders for president in 2020, we would have failed again, just like what we have now, Trump."
    Special invitation to Pennsylvania, Truckers and Farmers, come over to the right side. Elect Bernie Sanders as your president in 2020. He may not have a cure all, but he will bring a balance, just what we need. Youth Black & Brown people take this chance and make the right decision and vote for Bernie Sanders. He has a heart of a lion, and he has true conviction. He's for the people. Remember before Biden Warren Harris Bernie Sanders had a agenda for the USA. He still has an agenda for the USA, let him deliver. Wake up, it's your time to shine.

    "BRING IT."

  16. Bernie didn't come out of "nowhere". Progressive activists fighting for all kinds of issues have been following Bernie for years. I've been listening to Bernie for almost 2 decades now. He's amazing and people have wanted him to run for President for a very long time. Ecstatic to have him as a candidate!!

  17. Bezos owns WAPO. Guess who'd be cracking down on Amazon and Bezos? Bernie.
    So it serves their interest to smear.

  18. 1- love you berniw… 2- WP u should apologies for the FAKE "fact check"….. just bad bad coorporate journalism….stick to real facts please

  19. This is the guy that will make the democratic party grow. This is the guy that WILL walk the walk, not just talk the talk like all the bought republican and democratic politicians.

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