Bernie Sanders is, by far, one of the most left-wing members of the Senate. After having represented Vermont in Congress for decades, the self-proclaimed Socialist is now seeking higher office and is running for president as a Democrat.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Sanders confirmed his plans to formally join the race Thursday. Although he faces a massive uphill battle against pro-abortion Hillary Clinton, Sanders seems to think he will do better than expected, possibly gaining the support of voters on the far-Left who somehow think Clinton is not liberal enough.
“People should not underestimate me,” Sanders said. “I’ve run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates and, you know, I think the message that has resonated in Vermont is a message that can resonate all over this country.”
“So to me, the question is whose views come closer to representing the vast majority of working people in this country,” Sanders said. “And you know what? I think my views do.”
“But can we raise the hundreds of millions of dollars that we need, primarily through small campaign contributions to run a strong campaign? And I have concluded that I think there is a real chance that we can do that,” he said.
The 73-year-old politician has a longstanding pro-abortion view.
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Out of 101 votes on a wide range of pro-life issues, as scored by the National Right to Life Committee, Sanders has a six percent pro-life voting record. The only times Sanders has ever voted pro-life were times when he supported a ban on human cloning. Otherwise, on issues from abortion funding to banning partial-birth abortions and pro-abortion Obamacare to pushing abortion on an international scale, Sanders has been a staunch abortion activist.
Sanders employes the typical war on women arguments when defending abortion.
“The decision about abortion must remain a decision for the woman, her family and physician to make, not the government,” he says. “The right-wing in this country is waging a war against women and, let me be very clear, it is not a war that we are going to allow them to win. But if they want political warfare, we must expand the field of battle, and we must be on the offensive. We are not going back. Not only are we not going to retreat on women’s rights, we are going to expand them. We are going forward, not backward.”