Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders: You Decide 2016
Current position: U.S. Senator from Vermont
Career: U.S. Senator 2007 to present, U.S. Representative 1991-2007, Burlington mayor 1981-1989.
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Family: Married to Jane O’Meara Driscoll, has four children and seven grandchildren
On the issues:
Economy: Sanders is in favor of increasing taxes for large corporations, bumping the minimum wage to 15 by 2020, and reversing policies like NAFTA, CAFTA and PNTR. He wants to provide universal childcare and prekindergarten programs.
Education: The U.S. Senator would like to make tuition free at public colleges and universities, stop the federal government from profiting on student loans and cut interest rates on student loans. His plan would be paid for by taxes on Wall Street speculators.
Environment: Sanders wants the U.S. to move away from fossil fuels and towards sustainability. He opposes the Keystone XL pipeline and previously secured billions to reduce greenhouse emissions and installing solar energy systems.
Gun control/rights: In the past, Sanders has voted against some types of semiautomatic weapons and against loopholes that allow people to buy guns at shows without background checks.
Health care: “Access to health care is a human right,” says Sanders. A key point to his health care policy is making prescription drugs affordable. That includes the federal government negotiating with drug companies for lower prices and allowing imported prescriptions from Canada. He supports expanding funding to Planned Parenthood.
Immigration: As president, Sanders says he will expand President Barack Obama’s DACA program to united families. He also wants to crack down on employers who are abusing illegal immigrant workers.
National security: He supported the deal with Iran, although he says the U.S. should prevent the country from getting a nuclear weapon. He supports a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, recognizing both groups. Sanders voted against the Patriot Act.
Social issues: Sanders says the U.S. should ban all forms of discrimination. He supports extended family and medical leave.