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The quick guide to America’s 2018 Vermont US Senate candidates

Complete list of the 2018 Vermont US Senate candidate political stances

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders’ political stances

Bernie Sanders was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Sanders has served as a U.S. Senator from Vermont since 2012. He represented Vermont’s at-large congressional district from 1991 to 2007 and served as the mayor of Burlington from 1981 – 1989. Sanders is an alumnus of the University of Chicago.

Social issues

What is your stance on abortion? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Pro-choice Source

Do you support NFL players “taking a knee” in protest of racial injustice and police brutality? stats discuss

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Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes, their services reach far beyond abortions and can save many lives through cancer screening, prenatal services, and adoption referrals Source

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should transgender people be allowed to serve in the U.S. Military? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should a business be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner’s religious beliefs? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No Source

Should Confederate monuments and memorials be removed from public grounds? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes, and move them to museums

Should health insurance providers be required to offer free birth control? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should “gender identity” be added to anti-discrimination laws? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes, and the government should do more to protect minorities from discrimination Source

Should universities provide “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” for students? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No Source

Should bakeries be required to make wedding cakes for gay couples? stats discuss

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Should AntiFa be declared a domestic terrorist organization? stats discuss

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Should marital rape be classified and punished as severely as non-marital rape? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes, preventing women from serving in combat roles is discriminatory Source

Do you support the death penalty? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No, too many people are innocently convicted Source

Should the government support a separation of church and state by removing references to God on money, federal buildings, and national monuments? stats discuss

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Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should states be allowed to display the Confederate flag on government property? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No Source

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should sports betting be legal? stats discuss

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Immigration issues

Should the U.S. build a wall along the southern border? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No Source

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes, as long as it is safe for them to return to their country Source

Should adults that are illegally attempting to cross the U.S. border be separated from their children? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No Source

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes, and grant them citizenship Source

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No Source

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into the country? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No Source

Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should immigrants be required to learn English? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No, we should embrace the diversity that immigrants add to our country Source

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government? stats discuss

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Should illegal immigrants be offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges within their residing state? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes, and they should also be eligible for financial assistance and scholarships Source

Should the U.S. increase restrictions on its current border security policy? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No Source

Should local law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes and transfer them to federal immigration authorities? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No, too many non-violent immigrants are being deported Source

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes, create a simple path to citizenship for immigrants with no criminal record Source

Should the government increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Decrease, companies are currently taking advantage of this program to decrease wages Source

Should immigrants be allowed to hold dual citizenship status? stats discuss

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Healthcare issues

Do you support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes, but a mandatory single payer system would be even better Source

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should health insurers be allowed to deny coverage to individuals who have a pre-existing condition? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No, it is immoral to deny health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions Source

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes, and legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana instead of criminalizing it Source

Should the government regulate the prices of life-saving drugs? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes, and we should socialize medicine and healthcare Source

Should the federal government increase funding of health care for low income individuals (Medicaid)? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes, but I prefer switching to a single payer healthcare system Source

Should there be more or less privatization of veterans’ healthcare? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Less Source

Should people be required to work in order to receive Medicaid? stats discuss

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Should the federal government be allowed to negotiate drug prices for Medicare? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals? stats discuss

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Economic issues

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No Source

Should the government raise taxes on the rich? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes, and make it a living wage Source

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Fewer Source

Should the government raise or lower the tax rate for corporations? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Raise Source

Should businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: Yes Source

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No, increase taxes on large multinational corporations instead Source

Do you support a universal basic income program? stats discuss

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Should the U.S. continue to participate in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? stats discuss

Bernie Sanders’ answer: No Source

Should the government prevent “mega mergers” of corporations that could potentially control a large percentage of market share within its industry?