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Who do you want to be president—Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump?

Sen. Bernie Sanders is running his 2020 campaign as an extension of his failed 2016 campaign. Sanders is continuing to promote Medicare for All and recently rolled out an ambitious plan to cancel all student loan debt. Sanders has maintained his formidable fundraising apparatus and highly activated supporters, catapulting him to the top of the candidate list. Many worry he is too divisive to succeed and is courting only his white, male base. Would you support his candidacy over the current president?

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On poll after poll, Democratic voters say the ability to unseat Donald Trump in a general election is the quality they value most in a Democratic candidate. As of June 2019, the field is lead by former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. We want to know who you would vote for over President Donald Trump in the general election. 

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One of Bernie Sanders' selling points for his supporters is his consistent adherence to his beliefs. While some Democratic candidates with long careers are struggling with their shifting stances on issues, Sanders has remained largely steadfast in his views since he entered public life. Rolling Stone reports Sanders has built his career on working to shift money and power from the wealthiest Americans to the middle class. 

When Sanders, the democratic socialist, preaches “revolution,” he is talking about wresting power and wealth from the billionaire class to create security and opportunity for working people and “an economy that works for all.” Sanders is targeting the wealth of America’s oligarchs, and has proposed hiking the estate tax to 77 percent on the fortunes of the very wealthiest, aiming to raise “$2.2 trillion from the nation’s 588 billionaires,” including $74 billion from the Koch brothers alone. “If the Koch brothers and the billionaire class hate my guts, I welcome their hatred,” Sanders has long said. It’s a line he cribbed from FDR, from whom he has also taken the idea of an Economic Bill of Rights, calling for, among other things, the government to guarantee a “decent-paying job” to everyone who can work. “A job guarantee will lower the crime rate, improve mental health, and create a stronger sense of community,” Sanders has said. “It will create a much healthier and happier America.” He’s also been a longtime proponent of raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour (a “starvation wage”) to $15 per hour, insisting: “It is not a radical idea to say a job should lift you out of poverty, not keep you in it.”  
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Sanders has been on the leading edge of liberal policies for decades, coming out as an early supporter of the Green New Deal. Per Vox

Sanders has a long history of talking about climate change. You can find videos of him talking about it going back 30 years. In the Senate, he’s introduced carbon-pricing legislation and pushed for a carbon tax to be part of the Democratic Party platform.
On the campaign trail, Sanders has been strongly supportive of the Green New Deal. His campaign has called for more investment in infrastructure to deal with climate impacts like flooding and wildfires. In tandem, Sanders wants to ban new fossil fuel development in the United States and end exports.
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Sanders has also been leading the way on the newly popular Medicare for All plan. Vox explains the details of his plan: 

Eventually, though, they would all end up in the same plan, which includes an especially robust set of benefits. It would cover hospital visits, primary care, medical devices, lab services, maternity care, and prescription drugs as well as vision and dental benefits.
...[T]he Sanders plan does not subject consumers to any out-of-pocket spending on health aside from prescriptions drugs. This means there would be no charge when you go to the doctor, no copayments when you visit the emergency room. All those services would be covered fully by the universal Medicare plan.
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Sanders has long advocated for college debt relief. Recently he released a plan which surpasses Sen. Elizabeth Warren's own plan for debt relief, wiping  out all existing student loan debt from both public and private sources for all Americans. The Washington Post Editorial Board argued this would help predominantly some of the wealthiest Americans, including doctors and lawyers, whose large student loan debt is typically offset by large salaries. 

In short, the democratic socialist candidate is running on a plan to bail out doctors, lawyers and their children to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars — while touting it as middle-class payback for the 2008 Wall Street bailout. Yes, Mr. Sanders would pay for his plans with a tax that fell mostly on the investing class; the point, however, is not the origin of the money but the alternative uses to which the money might be put. In that regard, it makes no sense to transfer so much of the revenue from one group of well-off people to another, when you could spend the $2.4 trillion on, say, pre-K schooling for poor children, college assistance for low-income young adults — or any of several other worthy public purposes whose benefits would reach a needier swath of the American population.
Genuine progressive policies focus federal resources on those who need the assistance most. Ms. Warren limited her plan’s benefits to households earning $250,000 or less. Even that is far too high on the income scale, but at least she acknowledged that people who can afford to invest in their own higher education, including those who voluntarily took on debt to do so, should be expected to contribute. It is an important distinction that Democrats can and must honor if they are truly the progressive party.
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Sanders has also faced criticism for entering the race as a Democrat despite not belonging to the party. The Boston Globe reports some people are concerned about whether he is a part of the Democratic primary in order to undermine the party, not to genuinely participate in party politics. 

At a CNN town hall last month, Sanders was asked why he was running as a Democrat even though he has never run as a Democrat except in the last presidential race.
“Let’s set the record straight. I am a member of the Democratic leadership in the United States Senate. I’ve been a member of the Democratic caucus in the Senate for the last 13 years and in the House for 16 years before that. [I] won the Democratic nomination in my state, but in Vermont, I have chosen to run as an independent because it goes way, way back,” Sanders answered.
...As Sanders tries to unite the party around him, it would be smart for the Vermont senator to put his dual partisan affiliations to bed, said Roger Lessard, the Hillsborough County Democratic Committee chairman who backed Sanders in 2016.
“By and large, more people would feel comfortable with backing him if he were an actual Democrat this time,” Lessard said. “I think a lot of people would wish he stopped playing around about it, especially now.”
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Many people are concerned about Sanders' age—at 77 he would be the oldest president. Per the Washington Post:

The brain ages. It slows down. It forgets. I know men in their 90s — Henry Kissinger comes to mind — who seem as sharp as they’ve ever been, but they are not the rule. It is not necessary to have great mental energy to get elected — President Trump is an intellectual sloth — but it helps. Old age can turn the delight in doing certain tasks into a plodding burden.
FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Who do you want to be president—Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump?
#TrumpOverSanders
A festive crown for the winner
#IWantPresidentBernie