Bernie Sanders
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"Bernard "Bernie" Sanders" is an American politician and the Seniority in the United States Senate/junior United States Senate/United States Senator from Vermont. Before serving in the Senate, he represented Vermont's at-large congressional district in the United States House of Representatives and served as mayor of Burlington, Vermont/Burlington, the largest city in Vermont.

Sanders is a self-described democratic socialism/democratic socialist, and has praised Nordic model/Scandinavian-style social democracy.Sasha Issenberg (January 9, 2010). [ Sanders a growing force on the far, far left]. Boston Globe. Retrieved August 24, 2013.

*“You go to Scandinavia, and you will find that people have a much higher standard of living, in terms of education, health care, and decent paying jobs.'’ – Bernie Sanders

Sanders runs for office as an independent (politician)/independent but Congressional caucus/caucuses with the Democratic Party (United States)/Democratic Party and is counted as a Democrat for purposes of committee assignments. He was the only independent member of the House during most of his service and is the longest-serving independent in U.S. Congressional history.

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I was privileged to have known the chief justice for many years and to have had the pleasure of serving with him on the Smithsonian Board of Regents. We also have shared a love for the beautiful land and the independent people of Vermont, a place that served as a special refuge for the chief justice and his family over the years.

You have given the wealthiest [portion] of the population a break, and now you are coming before the American people and saying, 'We don't have enough money to protect the sick and the old.

It is absurd that right now, on average, we in America are driving vehicles which get worse mileage than previously.

I'm glad to see that some banks are scaling back on this practice, but we've got to go forward with legislation, ... We can't bank on the goodwill and good intentions of these credit card companies.

Chief Justice Rehnquist has served his country in the highest court of the land for 33 years and his service is much appreciated. As a summer resident of Vermont I'm sure that his many friends in the Greensboro area will miss his yearly visits. I know that I join with all Vermonters in sending my condolences to his family.

It is simply unconscionable for a huge company like Nike to go to Third World countries -- about 97 percent of their workers are in poor, Third World countries, many of them are women -- and ruthlessly exploit these people, paying them 15 or 20 cents an hour.

It may not be everything I want but I think you will see action, if not for the right reasons, at least for political reasons.

We need an energy revolution by breaking our dependence on fossil fuels, polluting fuels, ... I am very, very confident our small state will lead this. We will be noticed by the country and the world.

This kind of support tells me that people want a strong voice in the United States Senate who will help lead the fight against the most reactionary administration in modern American history.