Born in Brooklyn, with an accent that coincided, Mr. Sanders ran smoothly in the 1970s as Governor and Senator of the United States in Vermont before being elected Burlington Mayor in 1981. For 16 years he was the only congressman in a state before being elected to the Senate in 2006.
Sanders was a humble legislator and a sort of lone wolf in Washington, encouraging to a large extent the same legislative agenda as a mayor since his early days. He voted against the war in Iraq, and in 2008 he is one of about twenty senators who vote against the rescue of large $ 700 billion dollars.
] Mr. Sanders is the longest-standing independent in the history of Congress, pride to him, but to the surprise and annoyance of some democrats who are rushing to assume he has no party interests. Some Democrats accuse him of losing Mrs. Clinton in 2016, saying his anti-establishment rhetoric during his campaign has sparked divisions in the party that have proved insurmountable.
Sanders is largely avoided during his presidential mandate in 2016, but is likely to face more direct attacks from his opponents and more attention from news media in the second White House bid.
One issue about the 2016 campaign that will surely reappear is its Record of Arms Control, Democrats say, given the intensity of the debate over gun violence after the recent mass shootings. In 2005, Mr. Sanders voted for a law that grants immunity to arms manufacturers and traders in most litigation cases. Mr. Sanders has also been fired for support he has received from the NRA. when he ran for Congress in 1990, partly because he had promised not to back a bill that would require a wait-and-see sale for a gun.
Although his message is well worn, Mr. Sanders said he was trying to overcome the weaknesses of his first presidential campaign. In recent months he made a series of trips to the south, where in 2016 he collected less than 20 percent of the votes in black. At Martin Luther King Jr.'s break this year he made a two-day move through South Carolina – where black voters accounted for about 60 percent of the Democratic Party's vote in 2016 – this included reversing supporters and students, and talks with MPs. 19659008]