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As A Progressive I am Leaning Toward Senator Sanders And Here Is Why

As a devoted progressive I am still torn by who to support in the Democratic Primary.

I know that during the Clinton administration, Americans did very well. The middle class grew, we reduced poverty, and even the bankers were happy as Wall Street soared.

I am also deeply concerned that Congress is moving us in the wrong direction. They are opposing every idea we put forward that is a time tested solution to fixing our broken economy and lifting the wages of millions of hungry families.

I find myself being drawn to Senator Bernie Sanders more and more.  I openly admit that I am one of those outspoken, unabashed liberals from the “Liz Warren wing of the party” and I am proud to say so.  Senator Warren is one of the smartest people I have ever met, and listening to her speak is inspiring.

Senator Sanders has been fighting for the middle class his entire life and throughout his career as an elected leader in all levels of government.

Before you jump to the conclusion that I am endorsing Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton, let me say this.  Both candidates have the potential to President, and both will make excellent Presidents.  They are very similar on many of the issues: raise the minimum wage however they seem to differ on the amount we should increase the federal minimum wage too, climate change, workers rights though I feel Bernie Sander’s work opposing the TPP and fighting for the Employee Free Choice Act lifts him above Hillary on this issue, and LGBTQ rights.

The main thing that seems to separate the two candidates in Money in Politics, guns, and Wall Street.

Hillary has come out and said she supports overturning Citizens United though she is collecting massive donations to her Super PAC while Bernie is collecting near record donation from small individual donors and refuses to have any Super PAC at all.   If campaign finance reform and destroying the “too big to fail” banks is your number one issue, then it is obvious that Bernie is your man.

Bernie has issues too.  Many people have criticized Bernie for his very lax position on guns.  Almost every day another tragedy related to gun violence leads the evening news.  I have been active in helping to push for stronger gun reforms in hopes to reduce the number of gun deaths in our country.  Hillary is a much stronger candidate on this issue and others have seized the opportunity to attack Senator Sanders for his vote against background checks.

After you watch this video below you can see why I am being drawn to Bernie’s campaign.  It is too early for me to truly decide but I am obviously leaning one way.

If his speeches are not inspiring and mesmerizing, why are tens of thousands running out to see him in deeply red states too? Watch and see for yourself.

 

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Matt Murray is the creator and an author on the NH Labor News. He is a union member and advocate for labor and progressive politics. He also works with other unions and members to help spread our message. Follow him on Twitter @NHLabor_News
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