Who is Bernie Sanders? A man of the people

Nicolas Guadagnino, Managing Editor

Bernie Sanders is a current U.S Senator from Vermont and has hopes to be the Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential election. 

Sanders, 78-years-old, recently suffered a heart attack and had to take a minor break from his campaign. However, this did not stop him from participating in the Democratic Presidential Debate on October 15th. Sanders has many opinions that make him a unique presidential candidate. 

Sanders believes in universal health care for all Americans, a tuition-free public college, promotes gun safety and wants to help protect the world from climate change. 

“I’m running for president so that, when we are in the White House, the movement we build together can achieve economic, racial, social and environmental justice for all,” said Sanders.

On Oct. 18, he tweeted, “Medicare for all will boost pay and benefits for workers across this country. That’s why unions are organizing to get rid of corporate greed in our healthcare system.” 

Over 30 million Americans suffer from not having any healthcare provider. 

“We say to the private health insurance companies: whether you like it or not, the United States will join every other major country on earth and guarantee healthcare to all people as a right. All Americans are entitled to go to the doctor when they’re sick and not go bankrupt after staying in the hospital,” said Sanders

Sanders also believes in free public college for students. “Today, we say to our young people that we want you to get the best education that you can, regardless of the income of your family. Good jobs require a good education. That is why we are going to make public colleges and universities tuition-free and cancel all student debt,” responded Sanders. 

Over 45 million people hold over 1.6 trillion dollars in student loans. Sanders recently tweeted on October 19, “Imagine canceling all student debt and making every public college tuition-free, so that the rich aren’t vacationing off the backs of struggling students. Now stop imagining. Let’s tax Wall Street and do it.”.

Sanders also wants to create stricter gun laws that he hopes will prevent some of the dangers of mass shootings. 

“When we are in the White House, we will move aggressively to end the epidemic of gun violence in this country and pass the Common Sense gun safety legislation that the overwhelming majority of Americans want,” noted Sanders. 

Sanders also has goals to improve the environment and help end climate change. 

“The climate crisis is not only the single greatest challenge facing our country; it is also our single greatest opportunity to build a more just and equitable future, but we must act immediately,” said Sanders. 

Sanders wants to improve the middle class. “In order to reduce the outrageous level of inequality that exists in America today and to rebuild the disappearing middle class, we must establish an annual tax on the extreme wealth of the top 0.1 percent,” said Sanders.

Sanders is one of the more well-known candidates for the 2020 election and has hopes of being the next president. If elected president Sanders will pass former President Ronald Reagan for being the oldest president ever elected. For more information about the election go to BernieSanders.com