Bernie Sanders had officially announced his presidential candidacy for the 2016 U.S. elections. His announcement was made on May 26 at Burlington. He promised to lead the political revolution to transform the United States economically, politically, socially and environmentally.
Bernie Sanders presidential bid
“I am proud to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America,” Sanders said in the beginning of his speech.
He said that with his leadership, the people can tell the handful of U.S. billionaires that their reign is enough; America belongs to the people.
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Quotes from Bernie Sanders speech
On Income and Wealth Inequality:
“There is something profoundly wrong when one family owns more wealth than the bottom 130 million Americans. This grotesque level of inequality is immoral. It is bad economics. It is unsustainable.”
“This campaign is about those people and our struggling middle class. It is about creating an economy that works for all, and not just the one percent.”
On Citizens United:
“American democracy is not about billionaires being able to buy candidates and elections. It is not about the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and other incredibly wealthy individuals spending billions of dollars to elect candidates who will make the rich richer and everyone else poorer.”
On Climate Change:
“The debate is over. The scientific community has spoken in a virtually unanimous voice. Climate change is real. It is caused by human activity and it is already causing devastating problems in the United States and around the world.”
On Raising Wages:
“We must establish pay equity for women workers. It’s unconscionable that women earn 78 cents on the dollar compared to men who perform the same work.”
“This campaign is going to send a message to the billionaire class. And that is: you can’t have it all. You can’t get huge tax breaks while children in this country go hungry. You can’t continue sending our jobs to China while millions are looking for work.”
On Wall Street:
“Wall Street cannot continue to be an island unto itself, gambling trillions in risky financial instruments while expecting the public to bail it out.”
“As president, I will fight to make tuition in public colleges and universities free, as well as substantially lower interest rates on student loans.”
“We must be part of an international coalition, led by Muslim nations, that can not only defeat ISIS but begin the process of creating conditions for a lasting peace.”
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