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Wed Jul 8, 2015, 12:54 PM

Sanders's integrity and honesty worth more than Clinton's billions

July 08, 2015, 07:30 am
By H.A. Goodman, contributor

While CNN published an article headlined "Poll: Clinton's honesty and trustworthy problem extends to swing states," the former secretary of State's main challenger for the Democratic nomination doesn't have a trust problem with voters. The Boston Globe writes that during a campaign visit to Iowa, a former Marine drove six hours to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speak and another Iraq War veteran stated, "He's the first politician that I've believed in my life." Sanders is down by only 8 points in New Hampshire, primarily because he's championed progressive causes long before they were popular. The man once stated that he's a "democratic socialist" (very different from the Fox News meaning of socialism), so Americans know that Vermont's junior senator doesn't have a public relations machine vetting his every word.

As a result of his refusal to take a poll-driven and centrist viewpoint on major issues like foreign policy and the economy, Sanders must wage a grass-roots campaign for the White House. NPR reports that his recent total of $15 million came from "250,000 donors making nearly 400,000 contributions of $250 or less." However, Sanders has the trust of the average American, and while Hillary Clinton has amassed $329 million in her career (three of her top five donors are Citigroup, Goldman and JP Morgan), some things can't be purchased with money. The integrity, honesty and bold stances of Sanders might make him a real threat to Clintonís campaign and he's earned something that billions in campaign fundraising can't buy: the trust of the average American.

In contrast, Clinton has similar positions to Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on war and Wall Street; previously expressed support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership; previously said she was "inclined" toward the Keystone XL pipeline; and up until 2013, opposed gay marriage, yet is expected to raise $2.5 billion from Democratic supporters. As for her rapport with the average American, Clinton's campaign is running more like a corporation than anything that could be described as "grass-roots." In Orwellian irony, the Clinton campaign recently held business round tables with "everyday" Iowans who also happened to be "selected to attend her events." In addition, her recent Twitter campaign proudly asks, "If you won a dinner with Hillary, what would you ask her?" but doesn't elaborate if Clinton would answer questions about her Iraq War vote, evolution on gay marriage or any other controversial topic. Nonetheless, Clinton is raising hundreds of millions, even though Vice News, the Associated Press and others have sued the State Department for access to her emails as secretary of State (31,830 of which she unilaterally deleted from a private home server without the oversight of a third party).

Sanders, on the other hand, is the antithesis of Clinton. When 72 percent of Americans supported the Iraq War in 2003, Sanders not only voted against the invasion, but foreshadowed its unintended consequences and never allowed intelligence reports to influence his decision-making ...

Much more here: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/247140-sanderss-integrity-and-honesty-worth-more-than

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Reply Sanders's integrity and honesty worth more than Clinton's billions (Original post)
TBF Jul 2015 OP
merrily Jul 2015 #1
HFRN Jul 2015 #2
TBF Jul 2015 #3
appalachiablue Jul 2015 #5
merrily Jul 2015 #6
HFRN Jul 2015 #7
merrily Jul 2015 #9
appalachiablue Jul 2015 #4
TBF Jul 2015 #10
ptw632 Jul 2015 #8
raouldukelives Jul 2015 #11

Response to TBF (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 01:00 PM

1. All else aside, if this country of over 300 million people ends up in another Clinton Bush election,

we're a laughingstock of a nation. Twenty years of a Clinton or a Bush? Clintonites staffing Obama's White House, too? Why did we even bother to adopt the 22nd amendment?

But yes, on other grounds, Sanders is preferable to Ms. Clinton.

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Response to merrily (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 01:02 PM

2. nixon/ford's staffs were in the Bush WH for years

 

cheney, rumsfeld et all

Bush sr was a nixon appiontee

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Response to HFRN (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 01:08 PM

3. True - Poppy Bush had a hold on the White House

for far too long. His own wife, in a moment of candor, stated that there are other families in this country that could do the job. I tend to agree.

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Response to TBF (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 01:27 PM

5. Barbara Bush, the Silver Fox was right, "we've had enough Bushes", April, 2013.

JEB! = Just Elect Bernie!

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Response to HFRN (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 01:29 PM

6. That's pretty much part of my point. What is yours?

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Response to merrily (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 01:43 PM

7. that i was agreeing with you

 

if you'll allow that

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Response to HFRN (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 04:12 PM

9. I'll have to take that under advisement.

j/k

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Response to TBF (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 01:13 PM

4. K & R. Integrity, honesty and bold stances, Sen. Sanders is like clean air and sunlight

in the midst of smog from political pollution.



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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 06:09 PM

10. Exactly - I know it's nothing new to anyone

in this group but it's still nice to see it in print

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Response to TBF (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 01:56 PM

8. BS

He has been consistent throughout his entire career

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Response to TBF (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2015, 12:51 PM

11. K&R

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