I am a Democratic candidate for President of the United States. In 2006, I was elected to the U.S. Senate after 16 years as Vermont’s sole congressman in the House of Representatives. I am now serving my second term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2012 with 71 percent of the vote. Born in Brooklyn, New York, I attended James Madison High School, Brooklyn College, and the University of Chicago. After graduating, I moved to Vermont where I worked as a carpenter and documentary filmmaker. In 1981, I was elected as mayor of Burlington, the state's largest city, by a mere 10 votes.
“We are not going back to the days when women had to risk their lives to end an unwanted pregnancy. The decision about abortion must remain a decision for the woman and her doctor to make, not the government. We are not going to allow the extreme right-wing to defund Planned Parenthood, we are going to expand it.”
“In many states, it is still legal to fire someone for being gay. It is legal to deny someone housing for being transgender. That is unacceptable and must change. We must end discrimination in all forms.”
“Unless we move aggressively to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel, into energy efficiency, into sustainable energy, the planet that we are going to be leaving our kids is something that we should be ashamed of.”
“The last rating I got from the NRA ... was an F. ... In my state of Vermont we are a very rural state, but guns are about hunting, target practice, antique guns, and we have a pretty low crime rate. Guns in Baltimore and guns in Los Angeles are very different. I have voted against the importation of assault weapons and I understand that not every part of America is the state of Vermont.”
“Despite the central role they play in our economy and in our daily lives, undocumented workers are reviled by many for political gain and shunted into the shadows . . . It is time for this disgraceful situation to end . . . It is time to end the politics of division on this country, of politicians playing one group of people against another.”
“To be truly free you need economic rights as well. ... When I talk about 'Democratic Socialism' is to make sure in the richest country in the history of the world ... that everybody has at least a minimal standard of living and some dignity as a result of that.”
“[W]e need a progressive tax system in this country that is based on the ability to pay. It is unacceptable that major corporations have paid nothing in federal income taxes, and that corporate CEOs in this country often enjoy an effective tax rate that is lower than their secretaries . . . [W]e have got to demand that the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations pay their fair share in taxes.”
“We have more people in jail today than any other country . . . we have large numbers of lives that have been destroyed because of this war on drugs and because people have been caught smoking marijuana and so forth. I think we have got to end the war on drugs . . . I am not unfavorably disposed to the legalization of marijuana.”
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