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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) formally ended his campaign on Wednesday after over a year of vying for the Democrat Party’s nomination, leaving a number of key moments on the campaign trail that will likely live in presidential campaign infamy.
Sanders launched his presidential bid in February 2019, largely channeling the same progressive, grassroots movement that propelled his failed bid against Hillary Clinton in 2015 and 2016. He conceded on Wednesday that a viable path to the nomination no longer exists but encouraged supporters to continue to fight, emphasizing that the “struggle continues.”
Sanders presented a historic proposal to address climate change — something he called the “single greatest threat facing our planet.” He took the original progressive call for a Green New Deal and turned it into a series of policy proposals estimated to cost $16 trillion. His plan contained a swath of big government ideas — from “investing $1.12 billion in ‘tribal land access and extension programs,'” to providing “oral translation assistance to USDA, FDA, and DOJ offices for non-English speaking farmers ‘”– and vastly expanded existing entitlement programs, like SNAP.
As his bid went on, Sanders routinely modified his climate change doomsday timeline, going from 12 years, to eight or nine years, to “right now.”
Sanders told viewers of CNN’s March debate that we must address the climate change “crisis” with the same urgency as the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
Cardi B's nails are juuuust a little different than mine. Our views on the issues are pretty similar. pic.twitter.com/PhA2wXnkpy
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 15, 2019
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