Some think he is a socialist, others say he will get America back on track. We have compiled some of Bernie Sanders’ central positions:
Sanders is strongly pro-choice. As a Senate representative he has consistently voted to broaden access to safe and legal abortions and other birth control options. He has also voted to allow for embryonic stem cell research.
On Civil Rights:
Sanders’ voting record shows he is in favor of establishing a legal framework that allows same-sex marriage. He has voted against policies that would limit the legal rights of same-sex couples, including the right to adoption.
He is also in favor of maintaining affirmative action quotas at academic institutions.
On the Environment:
Sanders is a vocal advocate of the effects of global warming and was the top rated Senator on climate leadership in the 113th Congress, according to the Climate Hawks Vote.
He has voted in favour of conservation and has supported reductions and improved monitoring of carbon emissions.
On Health Care:
Sanders is a strong supporter of universal health care and has voted to defend the Affordable Care Act against Republican opposition.
Sanders supports immigration reform and voted in favour of Obama’s 2014 comprehensive immigration reform bill that shielded millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
He has stated that immigrant families should not be separated and that legitimate paths to citizenship need to be made available.
On the Economy:
Sanders supports increasing taxes on the wealthy and increasing government spending to generate jobs and rebuild infrastructure.
He has proposed breaking up the nation’s largest banks, claiming their monopoly and influence are harmful to the economy.