Do you think Bernie Sanders has a shot?

@norcal (3272)
Nevada City, California
November 7, 2015 10:13pm CST
I saw him interviewed by Charlie Rose a few days ago. Sanders was talking about his support for Social Security and social programs, and Charlie said "But that doesn't make you a socialist, lots of people support those things." Sanders stood by his stance that he is a socialist. Do you think that's a dirty word, and is it hurting his chances of being elected?
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@DeborahDiane (15857)
• Laguna Woods, California
8 Nov 15
I am not bothered by the fact that he calls himself a Democratic Socialist. That describes most of the countries of Europe. However, I do think it will hurt him with many older Americans.
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• United States
8 Nov 15
I'm not sure what you consider older, but the older ones I know are supporting him. Would you want to age under a Sanders Administration or a Tea Party administration that wants to cut benefits.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Nov 15
Yes, it will ruin his chances and the chances for the Demo party should he get the nomination, which I do not think he will.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Nov 15
@NeldaHoxie The word that he wears so proudly will kill his chances. I predict that Bernie will end up endorsing Hillary.
• United States
8 Nov 15
Bernie is a Democratic Socialist, and he has proudly worn that label. But Charlie's right, most people don't understand what Democratic Socialism actually is and they don't know that a lot of our most beloved programs are technically "socialist". There has been a deliberate effort to confuse "socialism" with communism, authoritarianism, or dictatorships. You'll hear people talk about Stalin, who was definitely NOT a socialist. Unfortunately, I don't think enough people can be educated about this word between now and the election, and I think the word "socialist" does hurt him with those who don't know.
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@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
6 Apr 16
Here we are, several months later, and I think he's done a great job of getting his message out. Much better than I expected when I first wrote this post.
@LadyDuck (118309)
• Switzerland
8 Nov 15
We are experiencing the so called "Socialism" in Europe, I cannot say that it's something I appreciate.
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@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
6 Apr 16
So, what is it that you don't like Anna? Please elaborate.
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@LadyDuck (118309)
• Switzerland
7 Apr 16
@norcal I should write a book to explain, too long and time consuming, but we were wealthy and happy and now we almost have no money to reach the end of the month and people are unhappy.
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@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
7 Apr 16
@LadyDuck - Perhaps you could write a few discussions about some of the effects of socialism on Switzerland.
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@NeldaHoxie (1422)
• United States
8 Nov 15
Hey, good to see you again! I think Sanders keeps saying it so it will become no big deal. If he says it enough, when the republicans say it, everyone will shrug. I do think he has a chance. There is something magical happening. First the country fell in love with Sen. Elizabeth Warren for telling the truth. When she wouldn't run, they found Sanders.
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@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
8 Nov 15
You are probably right, he's beating them to the punch and taking away the negative connotations of the word. If people listen to what he says, they like him.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Nov 15
That word is deadly. If he got the nomination, the GOP would beat him to a pulp with that word and we would end up with one of those bozos running for the Republican ticket.
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• Canada
6 Apr 16
I'm sure they'll try but when people listen to the difference between what he and Trump say, I think they'll be more likely to vote for Bernie anyway. HIllary has shown herself to be not exactly trustworthy.
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@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
6 Apr 16
@Sheilamarie78 Bernie has done amazingly well. I would love to get a chance to cast my vote for him.
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• Canada
9 Nov 15
Bernie Sanders makes more sense than anyone else in the election. No matter what you call him, his stance has more humanity than most others. I do think the word "socialist" was a poor choice, though, considering how the American people perceive that word.
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@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
6 Apr 16
I took an online test to see which candidate has views I agree with. It selected Bernie Sanders for me.
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• Philippines
9 Nov 15
I've watch some of his interviews and debates. He's views against corporations and media could back fired. I remember when CNN calling Facebook a social site for kids when they realized Bernie Sanders were the top of the surveys
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@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
6 Apr 16
I appreciate the fact that he says what he thinks instead of what he thinks will get him elected.
@jstory07 (56983)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Nov 15
I am not sure who I am going to vote for yet.