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Leu2500
Leu2500

Last primary cycle, Bernie sat down at his alma mater for an interview with David Axelrod & to answer student questions.

Here’s the coverage in the UChicago magazine. It’s one of the best pieces on his background, his career, and his activism at UChicago in a time where this country dealt with some big, important, divisive issues (sound familiar.) https://mag.uchicago.edu/law-policy-society/political-education

I think this is the event I’m remembering; he’s actually been back for at least 1 other event. http://politics.uchicago.edu/news/entry/watch-senator-bernie-sanders

I want to highlight about his legislative accomplishments from the article, for those in the liberal establishment ho make a fetish out of “bipartisanship.”

He’s not as rumpled now. He’s a potential presidential candidate who was at the white-hot center of one of the most intense political issues of the summer: the scandal of the Department of Veterans Affairs falsifying records involving long waiting periods for care. The week I visited, Sanders had just passed a bipartisan bill he wrote with Republican senator John McCain to fix the broken federal agency. It allows veterans to opt out of VA care and receive private care if they’ve had long delays or live more than 40 miles from a VA facility; makes it easier to remove incompetent VA officials; and authorizes the construction of 26 new VA facilities in 17 states and Puerto Rico. The bill proved a rare nostalgic glimpse of the Washington of yesteryear, when Democrats and Republicans actually worked together to solve real problems.

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Here he’s speaking at Liberty University. Remember how the liberal establishment freaked out. https://youtu.be/p5ZB8Lg1tcA

And George Mason University. This is famous for how he responded to a question about how Muslims were/are being treated in the country. (Trump was only a candidate at this time). Spoiler: it was with referring to his family’s history. https://youtu.be/qf20rxq9m_w

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And Killer Mike’s “that GD fire wall has a crack in it” speech prior to the SC primary. This version has been edited to add stills from bernie’s Activism in Chicago & Hillary’s reaction when she was confronted by a #BLM activist. https://www.thefader.com/2016/02/29/killer-mike-hillary-clinton-black-activists

As a reminder: while Bernie lost big in SC, there was encouraging data in the exit poll results. The younger the voter the better Bernie did with A-A voters. Also, Bernie did better with male A-A voters, even older ones, than he did with female A-A voters, especially older ones. And finally, SC has one of the lowest internet coverage rates. Texting, phone banking, & canvassing are going to be even more important.

polarbear4

Thanks!

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