Vote Chooser 2016

Quiz Candidates Issues

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders (Democrat, born September 8, 1941) has served as a U.S. Senator representing Vermont since 2006. He considers himself an independent, but is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in the 2016 election. He is a self-described democratic socialist. He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years. (Wikipedia)

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Sanders's positions on the issues:


Is it important to tax the rich more to reduce the wealth gap?

Sanders says: Yes.

From "Today, we live in the richest country in the history of the world, but that reality means little because much of that wealth is controlled by a tiny handful of individuals. The issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time, and it is the great political issue of our time."


How should we deal with illegal immigrants?

Sanders says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From "As President, Senator Bernie Sanders will [s]ign comprehensive immigration reform into law to bring over 11 million undocumented workers out of the shadows. We cannot continue to run an economy where millions are made so vulnerable because of their undocumented status."

The Deficit

Should the government be allowed to borrow more money even though it is already in debt?

Sanders says: Yes.

From Sanders' Senate Website: "I find it incredible that every Republican voted against a motion to even let the Senate consider legislation to pay our bills and prevent a default. We are entering very dangerous territory."

Health Care

How should the government ensure that Americans receive health care?

Sanders says: The government should pay for health care for everyone.

From Sanders' Senate Website: "I voted for ObamaCare, but to be very honest with you I'm not going to argue with anyone who says that it is too complicated. I am an advocate of a Medicare for all, single-payer program."

Gun Control

What should be done to prevent more mass shootings in America?

Sanders says: Better enforce existing gun control laws.

From NPR: ""So obviously, we need strong sensible gun control, and I will support it," Sanders told Greene. "But some people think it's going to solve all of our problems, and it's not. You know what, we have a crisis in the capability of addressing mental health illness in this country. When people are hurting and are prepared to do something terrible, we need to do something immediately. We don't have that and we should have that.""

Criminal Justice

Is police brutality against African Americans a problem?

Sanders says: Yes.

From "It is an outrage that in these early years of the 21st century we are seeing intolerable acts of violence being perpetuated by police, and racist terrorism by white supremacists... We must demilitarize our police forces so they don't look and act like invading armies."


Should the government do more to prevent climate change due to burning of oil and gas?

Sanders says: Yes.

From "The United States must lead the world in tackling climate change, if we are to make certain that this planet is habitable for our children and grandchildren. We must transform our energy system away from polluting fossil fuels, and towards energy efficiency and sustainability."

Gay Marriage

Gay marriage should

Sanders says: Be legal.

From "Sen. Sanders is currently a cosponsor of the Equality Act, which would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other anti-discrimination laws to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. He has consistently supported legislation that would guarantee LGBT Americans would be treated as equal citizens, and has a lifetime perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign."


How should America fight ISIS?

Sanders says: Airstrikes and support for other countries to fight ISIS.

From "As a member of Congress, I have supported the use of force only when it was a last resort and America's vital interests were at stake... The United States should be part of an international coalition, led and sustained by nations in the region that have the means to protect themselves. That is the only way to defeat ISIS and to begin the process of creating the conditions for a lasting peace in the region."


How should America respond to Russian aggression?

Sanders says: Impose economic sanctions only.

From Sanders' Senate Website: "The entire world has got to stand up to Putin. We've got to deal with sanctions. There are a number of things that you could do. But this is what you don't do: You don't go to war. You don't sacrifice lives of young people in this country as we did in Iraq and Afghanistan."

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