Sanders stirs up 2016 speculation, says he's got a 'damn good platform' to run on
August 11th, 2014
11:15 AM ET
2 months ago

Sanders stirs up 2016 speculation, says he's got a 'damn good platform' to run on

(CNN) - Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says his brand of liberalism could serve as a "damn good platform" to run for president.

In an interview posted Monday to ABC/Yahoo News, Sanders, an independent who aligns himself with the Democratic Party, said income inequality is at its highest point in over eight decades - and the American people are ready to elect someone who's able to close that gap.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bernie Sanders • Hillary Clinton
June 1st, 2014
04:27 PM ET
5 months ago

Political Chatter: The politics of Bergdahl's release

The release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was detained by the Taliban for nearly five years, included a heavy dose of partisan politics Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after he was securely in American hands.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice was once again in the line of fire on the political talk shows, just as she was after the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

Bergdahl’s release has ignited the debate over negotiating with groups the United States has determined to be terrorists.

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May 25th, 2014
03:18 PM ET
5 months ago

Political chatter: On this Memorial Day, VA under the spotlight

(CNN) - As the country remembers service members who lost their lives this Memorial Day, the Veterans Affairs Department continues to face questions about hospitals where veterans died waiting for doctor’s appointments on long, secretive waiting lists.

If you are participating in your local parade, spending extra time with your loved ones or sleeping in, we’ll get you up to speed on the latest in Washington with this comprehensive roundup of all things political.

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May 25th, 2014
11:04 AM ET
5 months ago

Miller: VA issues 'much larger' than Shinseki

(CNN) - Congressional chairmen of the House and Senate veterans affairs committees are still backing embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, for now, amid a growing chorus of lawmakers calling for his resignation over the scandal that's rocked the agency.

Rep. Jeff Miller, a Republican from Florida and chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday that the issues with the VA are "much larger than the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs."

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NSA won't say whether it spies on Congress
January 4th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
10 months ago

NSA won't say whether it spies on Congress

Washington (CNN) - Congress is just like everyone else. That's the message the National Security Agency has for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The independent senator from Vermont sent a letter to the agency Friday, asking whether it has or is "spying" on members of Congress and other elected American officials.
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Filed under: Bernie Sanders • Congress • NSA
September 24th, 2013
08:16 PM ET
1 year ago

Bernie Sanders: Obamacare is a ‘good Republican program’

Washington (CNN) – Noted Senate liberal Bernie Sanders stood in support of Obamacare Tuesday even while saying the bill doesn’t go nearly far enough.

Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with Senate Democrats, reiterated his support of a universal single-payer Medicare for all, inspired by health care programs in Europe. On CNN’s Crossfire, he called the Affordable Care Act that Congress passed in 2010 a “good Republican program,” referring to the Massachusetts program introduced by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney that served as the blueprint for what has come to be known as Obamacare.
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Filed under: Bernie Sanders • Lindsey Graham
Sanders assails Wall Street CEOs for entitlement cuts
November 29th, 2012
08:48 PM ET
5 months ago

Sanders assails Wall Street CEOs for entitlement cuts

(CNN) – Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with the Democrats, derided Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, along with other Wall Street leaders, for pushing for cuts to entitlement programs as a part of the nation's budget negotiations.

"I do have a problem with wealthy CEOs from Wall Street who caused the recession now coming to Washington and saying, if you're old, if you're sick, or if you're poor, we're going to cut your benefits," the outspoken senator said Thursday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
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Filed under: 2012 • Bernie Sanders • Wall Street
Vermont's Sen. Sanders: Obama was 'listless' in debate
October 4th, 2012
08:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Vermont's Sen. Sanders: Obama was 'listless' in debate

(CNN) - Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, had some biting criticism for President Barack Obama's debate performance, saying Thursday that the president took a "disastrous" approach in his match-up against Mitt Romney.

Asked to describe the president's demeanor on stage, Sanders said Obama did "poorly."
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Filed under: 2012 • Bernie Sanders • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates • Vermont
Bernie Sanders on Ron Paul: He's 'out to lunch'
August 29th, 2011
07:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Bernie Sanders on Ron Paul: He's 'out to lunch'

(CNN) - Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont criticized Texas Rep. Ron Paul on Monday for blasting the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a useless entity.

"I like Ron Paul, but on these issues, he's completely out to lunch," Sanders told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, anchor of "The Situation Room."
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Filed under: Bernie Sanders • FEMA • Ron Paul • TV-The Situation Room • Vermont
Politically charged fundraising e-mail on Arizona shootings draws scrutiny
January 12th, 2011
08:22 AM ET
4 years ago

Politically charged fundraising e-mail on Arizona shootings draws scrutiny

Washington (CNN) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders told political supporters Tuesday that there needs to be a concerted effort by Arizona Republicans to help create a safe environment for people with opposing political ideologies, following the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona.

Sanders, an independent who aligns himself with the Democratic Party, went as far as to specifically call on his colleague, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, to lead the effort.

“First, this horrendous act of violence is not some kind of strange aberration for this area where, it appears, threats and acts of violence are part of the political climate,” Sanders wrote in note that also solicited political contributions. “Nobody can honestly express surprise that such a tragedy finally occurred.”
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Filed under: Bernie Sanders • Gabrielle Giffords