Democratic Candidate Focus: Bernie Sanders

The Vermont senator calls himself a Democratic Socialist, and many of his views match those of the Democratic left, where he has found a still small yet devout following. Sanders says his purpose in running is to fight planned trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and to overhaul business tax rules, thus fighting economic inequality.

The Senator, born in 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, has been in politics for some time, winning his first election in 1981 – as mayor of Burlington, Vermont – by a mere 10 votes, but he has only begun to receive wide press coverage since announcing his candidacy for President in April of this year.

The Senator has proposed several initiatives to rebuild America’s middle class, including investment in crumbling infrastructure; developing programs to establish world leadership in reversing climate change; raising the minimum wage to a living wage; supporting pay equity; making higher education affordable; strengthening the social safety net and switching to a tax system based on ability to pay.