Candidate Profile
Bernie Sanders

Democrat

Biography

Name
Bernie Sanders
Party
Democrat
Race
President of the U.S.
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Very Liberal

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2017-18:  50%
Freedom Index, 2019:  28% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  28% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  23% (cum.)
NumbersUSA, 2019:  0%, 19% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  17%
FreedomWorks, 2019:  11% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2018:  26%, 9% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  0%, 9% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  8%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2018:  9%, 7% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2018:  7%
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  3%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  8%, 3% (cum.)
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  3%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  0%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2017-18:  0%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  0%
Christian Coalition of America (CCA), 2014:  0%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  0%
FRC Action, 2018:  0%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  0%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  0%
National Taxpayers Union, 2017-18:  F

9%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Alliance for Retired Americans, 2018:  100%, 100% (cum.)
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  100%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  100%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  100%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  100%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2018:  100%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  100%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  100%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  100%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  100%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  A
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  100% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2018:  100%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  A
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  100%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  100%, 99% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  100%, 98% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  95%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  100%, 92% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  86%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  85%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  53%

96%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Liberals

14
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, California Young Democrats (CYD), Democratic Socialists of America, Ilhan Omar, Mike Gravel, National Nurses United and 8 more

Others

1
United Teachers of Los Angeles

Selected Contributions

Conservative

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
2
Nan Baker (2020), Pat Browne (2016)

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
20
AAPI Victory Fund (2019), ActBlue (2020), Alan Franken (2014), Bruce Braley (2014), Democracy Engine (2020), Democratic National Committee (2017) and 14 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
140
AAPI Victory Fund (2019), ActBlue (2020), Airline Pilots Association (2006), Aloha PAC (2006), Amalgamated Transit Union (2015), America Works PAC (2018) and 134 more

Summary

99%

LIBERAL

1%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

(Did not answer)

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Fully fund Planned Parenthood, Title X, and other initiatives that protect women’s health, access to contraception, and the availability of a safe and legal abortion." "Title X funds provide much-needed family planning services for millions of people around this country."  Source  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

(Did not answer)

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  No. Voted against S. 311.  Source


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Healthcare is a human right." Sanders introduced the Medicare For All Act (S.1129).  Source  Source

What changes should be made to the tax code?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "As president, Bernie will raise up to $3 trillion over 10 years by repealing all of the disastrous corporate tax breaks enacted under Trump, closing corporate tax loopholes, and demanding that large corporations pay their fair share of taxes." "With more brackets for individuals and families, Sanders’s proposal is estimated to raise $1.6 trillion more in revenue than Warren’s plan over 10 years."  Source

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "We have got to expand social security benefits by lifting the cap on taxable incomes."  Source

What is your position on the minimum wage?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "It is time to raise the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour."  Source

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Sanders refers to himself as a "democratic socialist." "Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont offered a vigorous defense of the democratic socialism that has defined his five decades in political life on Wednesday..."  Source


Religious Liberty

Government should not discriminate against individuals, organizations, or business owners who affirm marriage as between one man and one woman.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Sanders promises to “end all forms of discrimination,” including discrimination with regard to employment, housing, military service, and marriage. “And it means being able to buy a wedding cake at any bakery in America,” he added.  Source

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "We must not end the separation of church and state."  Source

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

(Did not answer)


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Sanders supports Medicare for All, which would mandate a public health care program.  Source

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "We are going to pass Medicare for All ..."  Source

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "You're damn right we're going to get rid of greedy health insurance companies. We need a health care system that guarantees affordable health care to all, not one designed to make huge profits for corporations."  Source


National Security

What is the best way to maintain peace and protect national security?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "What we need is a foreign policy that focuses on diplomacy, ending conflicts by people sitting at a table, not by killing each other. As president of the United States, I will go to the United Nations and not denigrate it, not attack the UN, but bring countries together in the Middle East and all over the world to come to terms with their differences and solve those problems peacefully."  Source

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "We can defeat ISIS without getting ourselves involved in perpetual warfare in the Middle East."  Source


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "...We must focus on comprehensive immigration reform and treating those seeking asylum with dignity—not spending billions on a wall."  Source

Children covered by DACA should be granted legal citizenship.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "As president, I will provide immediate legal status for Dreamers."  Source

How would you re-write immigration laws?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Completely reshape and reform our immigration enforcement system, including breaking up ICE and CBP and redistributing their functions to their proper authorities."  Source


Education

How would you improve the quality of education in the United States?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "1. Triple Title I funding to ensure at-risk schools. 2.Mandating that charter schools comply with the same oversight requirements as public schools. 3.Rethink the link between property taxes and education funding. 4.Significantly increase teacher pay by working with states to set a starting salary for teachers at no less than $60,000 tied to cost of living, years of service, and other qualifications; and allowing states to go beyond that floor based on geographic cost of living."  Source

I support charter schools.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Sanders would ban for-profit charter schools.  Source


Values

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Everyone, regardless of sexuality or gender identity, must be guaranteed equal protection under the law. The Supreme Court must protect those rights, and we must end discrimination in all its forms."  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Sanders is Jewish.  Source


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "The United States must join almost every other advanced country on Earth and abolish the death penalty."  Source

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "We need real, comprehensive criminal justice reform. We must invest in jobs and education, not more jails and incarceration."  Source

How would you address the overcrowding of jails?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Sanders vowed he would halve the prison population through measures including ending mandatory sentencing minimums." He would shift from “an overly punitive approach” to one that focuses on preventing crime and rehabilitating “people who have made mistakes.” He also promised to legalize pot and establish “safe injection sites,” stating on his website, 'The disastrous policies that make up the War on Drugs have not reduced drug use and violent crime.'"  Source


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Arming teachers is not the answer to our country’s gun epidemic."  Source

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "We should be working to: expand background checks, end the gun show loophole, end the so-called 'straw man' provision, ban the sale & distribution of assault weapons."  Source


Other Important Issues

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  No. "Moderator April Ryan asked the presidential hopeful why he was against 'reparations for descendants of African slaves.' 'Here’s my fear about reparations, and I understand the issue, and I’m on board the legislation that will study the issue,' the Vermont independent said at the Wednesday event. 'Here’s my fear: The Congress gives the African American community a $20,000 check, and says, 'Thank you, that took care of slavery, we don’t have to worry about anything more.' I think that’s wrong, I want to build, rebuild the distressed communities in America.'"  Source

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Sanders says that whenever someone hurts or kills someone because of their skin color, that's it's "not just a hate crime," but that it is also "domestic terrorism."  Source

The United States should not have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "When we take back the White House, we will not only rejoin the Paris Agreement. We will launch the decade of the Green New Deal to lead the world in averting the climate crisis and create 20 million new jobs."  Source

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Says he does not support the BDS movement, but voted "No" on the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S.1).  Source  Source

The Electoral College should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Abolish the Electoral College."  Source

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Co-sponsored the "Voter Empowerment Act of 2019," which, among other things would allow an individual to vote if they submitted a sworn testimony saying they are eligible to vote. "As president, I will implement a simple process: If you are a citizen 18 years or older, you are eligible to vote. End of discussion."  Source  Source


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