Video: Sanders tries out his stump speech on Vermont Democrats

If his performance at the Vermont Democratic Party soiree last week is any indication, Sen. Bernie Sanders has honed his presidential stump speech.

Sanders, I-Vt., has had plenty of opportunity: Over the past few months, he has tested the waters in New Hampshire, Iowa and North Carolina with his hallmark message on the growing gap between the rich and poor in America and how big money has tilted the electoral process.

The junior senator from Vermont, who was one of the opening acts of the evening, upstaged Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, with his brief, podium-pounding talk to a crowd of 900 Democratic supporters Friday in Essex Junction.

He laid out the most serious problems America has faced in modern history.

“The reality is the middle class in America is disappearing,” Sanders said. “The reality is that we have more people living in poverty today than any time in the history of the United States. The reality is, in America today there is more income wealth inequality than any major country on Earth.”

Unemployment rates nationwide are 6.2 percent, but if people who have given up or work part time are included in the statistics, the rate jumps to 12 percent, he said.

Thousands of young people can’t afford to go to college, without going $25,000, $50,000 or $100,000 into debt, he said. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people, Sanders said, and billionaires are now able to buy elections and buy and sell politicians. That’s why we have to overturn Citizens United, he said.

“What we are engaged in right now is not just an economic struggle and a political struggle, but it is most profoundly a moral struggle,” Sanders said. “My colleagues in the House tell us that while there has been a huge increase in inequality, the most pressing problem in American is to give more tax breaks for the wealthy in this country.”

Anne Galloway

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  • Paul Lorenzini

    Please, D/P’s, throw every cent you have into Bernies presidential goal.

  • Paul Lorenzini

    Why doesn’t Bernie recognize the same problems here in VT? Beecause his lifelong wish is to be president, El Presidente’ Sanders!

  • yup, Bernie will just slap those Wall Street people down, make them give back the “to big to fail” money they stole and undo all the Executive Orders made by Obama. He’ll close and secure the boarders and put a stop to the Global Warming/Carbon Tax scam. Then he’ll stop all the proxy wars in the Middle East and after that he’ll balance the budget (17 trillion) and bring manufacturing back to the States. Yup, Bernie will make it all better because darned Capitalism, darned Corporations, and darned Conservatives are ruining his Socialist Ideology. Equally distributed misery.

  • Paul Lutz


    How much money do you donate every year in extra taxes?? You make well ovr 6 fugures. Why dont you lead by example and tell us how much extra in taxes YOU paid.

    Bernie has made a living spending other peoples money, tell people how to spend their money, bashing anybody that makes money, all the while getting rich himself. he is the ultimate scam artist.

  • Carl Marcinkowski

    The trolls are out in force today. A bunch of crybabies with NO IDEA what to do about much of anything but complain. Where is your candidates and their message? Same thing, no ideas, just crying.

    • Paul Lutz


      If we don’t agree with your far left views we are trolls. If liberals complain they are seen as doing their duty.

      I think liberals are ironically the most intolerant group of people I have ever meet.

    • Glenn Thompson

      Since when should anyone be called a ‘troll’ for having a different viewpoint on any topic?

  • Chet Greenwood

    Bernie is a bit of a hypocrite- to put it mildly.
    If you add up all the union funds used in the last election they far exceed Citizens United or the Koch Brothers.
    SEIU, AFSCME, NEA, Am Fed’n of State, County & Municipal Emp, Electrical Workers, UAW, Teamsters, Communications Workers, AFTeachers, Carpenters Union, Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO and United Food Workers- not to mention George Soros.

    Are we going to limited these organizations?? I think not!

    And for education- there are alternatives to getting an education without going through a 4 year on campus program that certainly does not automatically get you a job.

    • Paul Lutz


      You didn’t even mention the biggest contributors of all; the Main Stream Media.

      This is why you have a generations of people who THINK they are democrats. This effect on elections can not be overstated.

      The liberal media provides free PR and coverage for the democrat party. That cost should be accounted for.

      • Paul Lorenzini

        It is up to the taxpayers to hold them accountable as we should with Bernie. There are 3 types of folks…..
        Those that get paid by the taxes, 40% or so.
        Those that get paid by those, 40% or so.
        Then there is the 20%, maybe less then that that actually pay taxes and are vilified by Sanders and company.

  • Paul Lorenzini

    Maybe Bernie should run for governor, if he truly loves VT so much.

  • Paul Lorenzini

    I love America, it is the world that drives me crazy, you think?

  • Paul Lorenzini

    I just googled my idea and it is out there, so ther is hope, 3 sided.

  • patrick cashman

    “The reality is that we have more people living in poverty today than any time in the history of the United States.” – Perhaps in total numbers since the population has grown. However when viewed as a percentage of the population this is either a factual error, or a great big whopper.

    From the Pew Research Center’s Who’s poor in America? 50 years into the ‘War on Poverty,’ a data portrait: “Critics note that the official poverty rate, as calculated by the Census Bureau, has fallen only modestly, from 19% in 1964 to 15% in 2012 (the most recent year available). But other analysts, citing shortcomings in the official poverty measure, focus on a supplemental measure (also produced by the Census Bureau) to argue that more progress has been made. A team of researchers from Columbia University, for example, calculated an “anchored” supplemental measure — essentially the 2012 measure carried back through time and adjusted for historical inflation — and found that it fell from about 26% in 1967 to 16% in 2012.”

  • Paul Lutz

    Bernie stated

    ““The reality is the middle class in America is disappearing,” Sanders said. “The reality is that we have more people living in poverty today than any time in the history of the United States. The reality is, in America today there is more income wealth inequality than any major country on Earth.”

    Living in poverty, with a 60” plasma, and Obama phone, more weekly income from welfare than the greatest generation earned in a month. Can we keep this in persepective?

  • Nancy Gardner

    Unlike the new GMO law, unlike a final court ruling on gay marriage, twenty years ago this month, the US Supreme Court ruled on and approved of worldwide combined reporting – a state developed method of taxing the income of multinational corporations. In their Barclays Bank and Colgate-Palmolive decisions, by votes of 7-2 and 9-0, the court opened the door for any state to level the playing field and treat all corporations the same – big, small, based in Vermont, based anywhere. Worldwide combined reporting is fair and it works. So why did Vermont adopt water’s edge combined reporting in 2004? And why aren’t Bernie and Elizabeth and others supporting the court approved worldwide combined reporting method at the state level???

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