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Why Bernie Sanders Is Running for President

Sen. Bernie Sanders is a political outsider. Why is he running for President of the United States?

The Anti-Establishment Candidate

Sanders succinctly explained why he is running for President in his opening remarks at the Democratic Debate last Saturday night: “It is too late for establishment politics and establishment economics.”

Sanders is running for President exactly because he is a political outsider.

Sanders does not have a campaign Super PAC. Sanders does not accept large sums of money from wealthy insider donors like Goldman SachsSheldon Adelson, the Koch Brothers, or The Donald. Sanders can’t be controlled by wealthy special interests.

(Yes… Donald Trump is running for President, too. In the past, he was a big donor to political candidates other than himself. He worked the “broken system,” expecting favors in return.)

The New York Times quoted Bernie Sanders as saying, “The truth is, you can’t change a corrupt system by taking its money.” This is what makes Sanders the real-deal anti-establishment candidate. This is what makes Sanders a rare phenomenon – one in 100 years.

Feel the Bern!

Bernie Sanders’ Opening Remarks

SANDERS: Good evening.

I am running for president of the United States because it is too late for establishment politics and establishment economics. I’m running for president because our economy is rigged because working people are working longer hours for lower wages and almost all of new wealth and income being created is going to the top one percent. I’m running for president because I’m going to create an economy that works for working families not just billionaires.

I’m running for president because we have a campaign finance system which is corrupt, where billionaires are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to buy candidates who will represent their interests rather than the middle class and working families. I’m running because we need to address the planetary crisis of climate change and take on the fossil fuel industry and transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy.

I’m running for president because I want a new foreign policy; one that takes on Isis, one that destroys ISIS, but one that does not get us involved in perpetual warfare in the quagmire of the Middle East but rather works around a major coalition of wealthy and powerful nations supporting Muslim troops on the ground. That’s the kind of coalition we need and that’s the kind of coalition I will put together.


Transcript: Read the Full Text of the Third Democratic Debate in New Hampshire,

The Third Democratic Debate (Full Event)

Watch all the candidates in this video of the entire third Democratic Debate. Is there a clear winner? Who is your favorite Democrat presidential candidate? Why?

Saturday night, ABC News [hosted] the third Democratic Party debate [of] the 2016 primary season. Establishment frontrunner Hillary Clinton [was] challenged by former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The event [was] held on the campus of St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire, just weeks before the official state primary on February 9.

ABC News’ David Muir and Martha Raddatz [were] the moderators for the event, which [was] cosponsored by the New Hampshire Union Leader. The event [began] on ABC Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET. […]

This [was] the third debate for the Democrats and the timing could not [have been] any more dramatic for the candidates on the left. On Friday, the Sanders campaign formerly sued the Democratic National Committee (DNC) after they restricted access to important voter data for the Senator’s camp. The move came after a young Sanders staffer was caught breaching a database of Clinton campaign information. While the DNC imposed restrictions on Sanders, the self-described Democratic-Socialist’s campaign alleges that the Committee and its Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz are simply favoring conditions for a Clinton surge.

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About The Author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Rajagopal

    Berning bright is Bernie Sanders, Jo Ann. But the sad reality is he may not make it at the hustings. I wish he was ten years younger to take on the rig ours of a tough campaign and present himself as a viable alternative to the usual rung of establishment candidates. Be that as it may, I like to take this opportunity to wish you happy holidays and an exciting 2016. Be as happy as you can be… Raj.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Come on, Raj, there is wisdom in those years. 🙂 Happy Holidays and a very blessed year in 2016!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for the reblog!

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