Sanders, Buttigieg campaign hard in Nev.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., walks onstage to speak at a campaign event at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Democrat front-runners campaigned hard ahead of Saturday’s caucus in Nevada.

During a Friday night rally, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) revved up supporters by saying his campaign is different. He has said he doesn’t just want to beat President Trump, he wants to transform the economy and the way the government does business.

Sanders claimed the president is too dumb to understand that so-called climate change is real and has done devastating damage to the world as a result. The Vermont senator also promised he would not appoint judges who disagree with the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion in 1973.

“I will never nominate anybody to the Supreme Court or the federal bench who is not 100 percent pro-Roe v. Wade,” stated Sanders. “We will codify Roe v. Wade, put it into law, and we will significantly expand funding for Planned Parenthood.”

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg poses for a photo as he visits a caucus site Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Meanwhile, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg recently took a shot at the Trump administration. He claimed he would bring results-driven leadership to Washington rather than controversy.

“If only we (could) offer presidential leadership that can deliver,” said Buttigieg. “I think most Americans would be happy to have a president that you could look at on the news and maybe feel your blood go down instead of up through the roof – wouldn’t that be nice?”

The former mayor has said he’s not running for president to glorify himself, but to empower the American people. Both he and Sanders have earned the most delegates towards the Democrat nomination going into Saturday’s caucus.

A precinct leader records votes at a caucus location at Coronado High School in Henderson, Nev., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

According to a new poll by National Public Radio, socialism is highly unpopular among Americans. The survey, which was released earlier this week, revealed 28 percent of respondents viewed socialism favorably while 58 percent did not.

The new data has raised questions of whether or not Sen. Sanders, who is a self-declared democratic socialist, would be able to garner enough votes to beat President Trump if he wins the Democrat nomination.

Center-left organization Third Way has urged a number of candidates in the Democrat primary to step up their efforts against the far-left candidate. In a memo, the group warned Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that they could hand Sanders the nomination if they do not challenge him at the upcoming debate in South Carolina.

Third Way argued it’s “vital” they take on Sanders now because he could take a nearly insurmountable delegate lead on Super Tuesday.

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Sen. Sanders won’t disclose complete medical records amid health concerns

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Democrat presidential front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) has admitted he has no plans to release his complete medical records.

During a town hall on Tuesday, the senator claimed he did not think his campaign would need to release any additional records. He argued he’s already released enough to squash worries about his health.

“I think we have released a detailed report,” said Sanders. “I’m comfortable with what we have done.”

The 78-year-old suffered a heart attack back in October. Following the incident, Sanders vowed to be more transparent about his health.

However, his campaign seemed to walk back on that promise months later after many questioned the candidate’s health.

FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and businessman Tom Steyer sit together at the beginning of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)

Sanders campaign spokeswoman Briahna Joy Gray called questions over the senator’s fitness for office “unfair,” claiming they are a cloaked effort to smear his bid for the White House.

“It’s really telling, given that none of the same concern is being demonstrated for Michael Bloomberg, who is the same age as Bernie Sanders,” she said.

Gray was recently criticized for her defense of Sanders after she erroneously claimed opponent Michael Bloomberg had suffered “multiple heart attacks in the past.” She has since walked back that comment, but took heat a day earlier for also claiming that Bloomberg had been accused of more than five dozen instances of sexual assault.

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Bloomberg campaign: Sanders main rival in primary race

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Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign said it sees Bernie Sanders as the main opponent in upcoming primaries.

In a statement Tuesday, the Bloomberg campaign claimed the former mayor now holds a strong second place in nationwide polling, while other Democrats are stagnant or declining.

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Campaign officials said, only Bloomberg and Sanders are able to deliver a serious number of delegates on Super Tuesday.

A new poll from NPR, PBS and Marist suggested Sanders is supported by 31 percent of likely Democrat voters, while Bloomberg has 19 percent support.

The Bloomberg campaign also said Joe Biden continues to lose voter confidence after poor performance in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Bernie Sanders blasts money-driven politics in N.H.

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Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is denouncing the influence of “big money” in American politics. On Friday, Sanders took a swipe at his political rivals Michael Bloomberg and President Trump, saying they have billions of dollars to spend on their campaigns.

He said he is proud of the six million contributions he has already received, which averaged less than $20 dollars each. The senator also called on the nation’s working class for support.

“Which side are you on?” asked Sanders. “Are you willing to take on the greed and corruption of the billionaire class and the one percent?”

His remarks come ahead of next Tuesday’s Democrat primary in New Hampshire, where he’s currently leading in some polls. Sanders reportedly retained 12 primary delegates following this week’s Iowa caucus.

At the most recent Democrat debate, the senator called out fellow presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who he claimed “gets a lot of money” from billionaires.

“Billionaires, by the dozen, are contributing to Pete Buttigieg’s campaign. Now, I like Pete. He’s a smart guy, he’s a nice guy. But if we are serious about political change in America, that change is not going to be coming from somebody who gets a lot of money from the CEOs of the pharmaceutical industry.” – Bernie Sanders, (D-VT.)

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Meanwhile, the premier of Ontario, Canada, has said Sanders’ presidential campaign is “scary.” Doug Ford slammed the senator on Friday, saying socialism and high taxes don’t work.

“Could you do me a favor and talk to Bernie Sanders about whether or not socialism works?” he asked. “That’s actually scary.”

He said he hopes this year’s presidential election in the U.S. “goes the right way,” and added, “literally, the right way.”

“You know, I always say socialism doesn’t work, raising taxes does not work,” said Ford. “Lowering taxes with people and with businesses, that’s how we thrive in our province and right across in the United States.”

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Sen. Sanders delivers own rebuttal to State of the Union

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) delivered his own rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union address. While speaking to supporters in New Hampshire Tuesday, he made his third annual rebuttal to the address.

The 2020 presidential candidate predicted this would be President Trump’s last State of the Union speech. The self-proclaimed Democrat socialist said while the economy is booming, it’s only booming for the wealthy. He also claimed the U.S. has the worst income inequality in a hundred years.

Sen. Sanders also questioned why the president didn’t mention so-called socialism in his address.

“How do you give a speech, State of the Union speech, and not mention climate change when the leading scientists of the world tell us that climate change is the greatest existential threat facing humanity?” he asked his supporters.

President Trump addressed the Democrat shift towards socialism in his address Tuesday, stating that his administration would never let socialism take away American’s choice for health care. It was the second year the president addressed the threat of socialism.

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Hillary Clinton says Bernie Sanders worked against her in 2016, lost her the presidential election

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Hillary Clinton is blaming her former presidential contender Bernie Sanders for working against her in the 2016 elections. During a podcast interview on Friday, Clinton stated Sanders and his supporters split the Democrat Party apart, which led to President Trump’s win.

She said he didn’t do enough to rally his base behind her after she won the nomination. Instead, she claimed many of his supporters encouraged others to vote third party, which ultimately took votes away from her.

“Unfortunately, you know, his campaign and his principle supporters were just very difficult and constantly not just attacking me, but my supporters,” said Clinton. “We get to the convention and they’re booing…it was very distressing.”

The former first lady went on to say that this kind of animosity between Democrat candidates cannot happen again in 2020.

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Meanwhile, congresswoman Rashida Tlaib slammed Clinton while speaking at a Bernie Sanders rally in Iowa. On Friday, Tlaib delivered remarks alongside Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

When asked how the group felt about Clinton’s recent criticism of Sanders, the crowd proceeded to boo. Tlaib quickly joined in, despite the moderator’s calls to keep it civil.

Since the video was released, the congresswoman has attempted to walk back her statement. She said her disappointment “got the better of her.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., far right, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., center, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. participate in a panel during a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Clive, Iowa. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Iowa caucus is set to take place on Monday. The most recent Iowa State University poll showed Sanders in the lead.

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Bernie Sanders pulls ahead of Democrat opponents

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Presidential candidate Joe Biden is saying Monday’s Iowa caucus will be a very tight race.

“I think it’s going to be really close, we’re neck and neck. Bernie’s up, I’m up. They’re basically a statistical tie, and we’ll see who shows up.” – Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States

His remarks came in response to a newly released Wall Street Journal and NBC poll, which showed 27 percent of Democrat primary voters nationwide favored Sen. Bernie Sanders. Biden followed closely behind with 26 percent of the vote. Sen. Elizabeth Warren garnered 15 percent support.

The data showed Sanders has a remarkable lead among young Democrat voters, whereas Biden’s support came mainly from older Democrats. Sanders polled nearly 30 points ahead of Biden with Democrat voters under age 50 and nearly 40 points higher with those under age 35. As for Democrat voters over 50 years old, the former vice president held a strong 25 point lead.

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When asked whether or not he had fallen out of touch with today’s politics, Biden said that’s not the case.

“The next president, from day one, is going to have to stand on that world stage and not have any time for on the job training,” he said, “I’m running because of the fact I have this experience, not in spite of the fact I have this experience.”

Candidate Pete Buttigieg polled at seven percent, Sen. Amy Klobuchar captured five percent and Andrew Yang drew four percent of the support. The survey was conducted across 428 registered voters earlier this month.

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Sanders once touted support for Biden’s 1994 crime bill

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Uncovered video shows that Bernie Sanders once backed Joe Biden’s controversial 1994 crime bill. He went as far to say the U.S. needs more jails and tougher crime penalties.

The Vermont senator made these remarks during a 1994 press conference posted by CNN on Sunday. The video shows Sanders touting support for the bill, which many criminal justice experts have claimed contributed to mass incarcerations that unfairly affected black communities.

Sen. Sanders is now saying the bill is “terrible” and he regrets ever voting for it, which is a stark contrast from his previous views on the crime bill.

Meanwhile, fomrer Vice President Biden has come under fire for playing a major role in writing and passing the nations most expensive crime bill in history.

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AOC, campaigning for Bernie Sanders, says it would ‘be an honor’ to be VP

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., said it would "be an honor to be vice president” in a recent Spanish-language interview Sunday before headlining a Las Vegas campaign event for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The 30-year-old freshman congresswoman quickly pointed out that she falls five years short of the constitutional age limit to be vice president. The vice president – and president – must be at least 35 years old.

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“It’d be an honor to be vice president,” Ocasio-Cortez told "Noticias Telemundo" correspondent Guadalupe Venegas in Las Vegas. “I can’t because I’m not old enough.”

Ocasio-Cortez gave a keynote address at Sanders’ Spanish-language town hall in Las Vegas on Sunday. She endorsed him for the White House in October and could play a key role for the Vermont independent in seeking Nevada’s large Latino vote, differentiating himself from fellow progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“I was a community organizer in the Bronx for Sen. Sanders during the last presidential campaign,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “That was my first experience, organizing right there in the street for an election.”

“Before that, I did community work in education, with the Latino community and with the National Hispanic Institute, but that was my first time organizing for an election. It was an experience that I will never forget,” she continued. “It was an important part of my experience when I decided to run for Congress. I learned that there was another way of doing politics here in the U.S.”

Also in her interview with “Noticias Telemundo,” Ocasio-Cortez, whose mother is Puerto Rican, reiterated how important it was for her to continue to practice her Spanish.

“If we are first- or second-generation, it is important that we cultivate our language. I must speak and practice more to improve my own Spanish. Our language is the link with our families and our communities,” Ocasio-Cortez said. She had tweeted that she was "nervous" to host the town hall in Spanish because she doesn't speak the language often.

She also spoke about how far she’s come over the past year and a half, since ousting a powerful incumbent Democrat in New York's 14th Congressional District in a June 2018 primary and then defeating a Republican in the general election that November.

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“Last year I worked in a taqueria, as a waitress and as a bartender, and now I am a congresswoman,” she said. “That is a huge change. But my values are the same. And we are saying the same thing we were saying last year: that we must fight for working families, for health insurance, for education for all children and a fair salary.”

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Bernie Sanders, AOC hit the beach with LA rally, take swipes at Buttigieg over ‘wine cave’ fundraiser

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Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a swipe at South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at a presidential campaign rally in Los Angeles on Saturday.

"We don't have a Super PAC, we don't want a Super PAC. We don't go to rich people's wine caves,” Sanders told the crowd in a reference to an elite California fundraiser Buttigieg held in a Napa Valley wine cave last weekend, KABC-TV of Los Angeles reported.

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“This is a campaign of the working class of this country, by the working class and for the working class," he said.

Thousands showed up to the beachside Venice rally just two days after the Democrats debated at nearby Loyola Marymount University.

"Our campaign is not only about defeating Trump, our campaign is about a political revolution,'' Sanders said, according to KABC. "It is about transforming this country, it is about creating a government and an economy that works for all people and not just the one percent.''

Ocasio-Cortez, who introduced the senator, endorsed him in October and has accompanied him at several of his rallies, including a large "Bernie's Back" gathering in New York City in October that came after Sanders recovered from a heart attack.

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Buttigieg is leading Sanders in a new Iowa poll, 24 percent to 21 percent, according to The Hill.

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Bernie Sanders’ awkward ‘And I’m white as well’ remark draws mixed — and puzzled — online reactions

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Sen. Bernie Sanders sparked a range of responses on social media after Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles with a comment he made as a moderator was asking him about recent comments by former President Barack Obama.

“Senator Sanders, you are the oldest candidate onstage … ” Politico magazine’s Tim Alberta began.

"And I’m white as well," the 78-year-old Sanders interjected before Alberta could finish.

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"Yes," Alberta replied, amid what seemed like an awkward silence at Loyola Marymount University. Alberta then continued with his question.

“How do you respond to what the former president had to say?”

Alberta had asked Sanders to respond to comments Obama made in Singapore earlier in the week.

“Former President Obama said this week when asked who should be running countries that if women were in charge you’d see a significant improvement on just about everything,” Alberta pointed out. “He also said, ‘If you look at the world and look at the problems, it’s usually old people, usually old men not getting out of the way.'”

Sanders responded: “I got a lot of respect for Barack Obama. I think I disagree with him on this one," prompting some audible laughter from the audience. “Maybe a little self-serving, but I do disagree.”

He then said the U.S. was becoming an "oligarchy" with an economy that serves only the "one percent."

“Here is the issue. The issue is where power resides in America. And it’s not white or black or male or female. We are living in a nation increasingly becoming an oligarchy. We have a handful of billionaires who spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying elections and politicians.

“You have more income and wealth inequality today than at any time since the 1920s. We are the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care for all people, which is why we need Medicare-for-all. We are facing an existential crisis of climate change…

“The issue is not old or young or male or female,” Sanders continued. “The issue is working people standing up. Taking on the billionaire class. And creating a government and an economy that works for all. Not just the one percent.”

But some critics on social media fired back at Sanders, saying his age, gender and race were all factors that helped him become wealthy.

“But @BernieSanders would like us to believe that being a White male doesn't give him and his ilk any systemic advantages,” one Twitter user wrote.

Others accused Sanders of being a hypocrite — given he criticizes the rich but reportedly owns three homes.

Several pointed to what they described as “awkward silence” and “crickets” in the crowd after Sanders’ “I’m white as well,” quip failed to resonate. But mostly people online seemed unsure what the comment meant. Some asked Sanders to explain what he was trying to say while others had their own interpretations.

“Does this count as "White Supremacy" ???” one user wrote, tagging Sanders and Obama.

Another user asked: “Can you elaborate as to that response?”

“Oof! "And I'm White As Well" is not the bumper sticker Bernie Sanders needs,” a third chimed in.

One user seemed to defend Sanders, saying that being a white man was now considered "political baggage."

"Of course white men have privilege. But in today's environment, it's political baggage as well. It was a question about diversity and on that page, all that goes against Sanders. It was a self deprecating moment," she wrote.

One person applauded the remark, saying Sanders was acknowledging his own “white privilege.”

“Bernie Sanders, so far, is the only white candidate to say this tonight and recognize white privilege. I think that's worth something,” Charlotte Clymer wrote.

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Another user said Sanders' remark was "his middle finger to the gender and racial purity test of the left. Basically saying, stop getting (fake) distracted on what gender or race I am and listen to what I have to say."

The debate came a day after a highly contentious vote to impeach President Donald Trump, which showed in dramatic relief how polarized the nation is over his presidency. With the Republican-controlled Senate likely to acquit him, the stakes are high for Democrats to select a challenger who can defeat Trump in November.

The forum highlighted the choice Democrats will have to make between progressive and moderate, older and younger, men and women and the issues that will sway the small but critical segment of voters who will determine the election. The candidates sharply disagreed about the role of money in politics, the value and meaning of experience and the direction of the American health care system

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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AOC, Sanders, Warren back legislation seen as ‘first step’ towards decriminalizing sex work

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Prominent progressives are calling for additional scrutiny over anti-sex trafficking legislation by supporting a House bill which is seen by its sponsor as a potential first step to decriminalizing sex work.

The SAFE SEX Workers Study Act, sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., would study the effects of two anti-sex trafficking bills — the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act [SESTA/FOSTA] — that became law last year. Opponents say the new law makes consensual sex work more difficult. According to Khanna’s office, the law has forced sex workers off of online platforms and into more dangerous situations.

“Sex workers have relied on such internet platforms to screen clients and negotiate boundaries for consensual, transactional sex services, including condom use and other harm reduction strategies,” Khanna said in a press release on Tuesday,

“While SESTA/FOSTA was intended to curb online sex trafficking, by banning the ‘promotion of prostitution,’ a host of internet platforms relied on by sex workers have shut down,” he added.

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Khanna’s legislation has received support from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. — all of whom have expressed openness to decriminalization. According to the release, Sanders is an original co-sponsor. The bill, introduced on Tuesday, also received backing from Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Pramilia Jayapal, D-Wa., and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.

While the release didn’t specifically call for decriminalizing sex work, Khanna’s office confirmed that the congressman saw the study as a “first step” towards decriminalization.

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A spokesperson for Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who sponsored the original legislation, suggested the study would help facilitate illegal activity.

“We have no interest in doing a study on how to facilitate any further illegal activity,” spokesperson Emmalee Kalmbach told Fox News.

Portman defended the legislation in a statement provided to Fox News.

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“Passage of SESTA was an important milestone and hard-fought victory for the victims and survivors of online sex trafficking. In this century, in this country, no man, woman, or child should be subjected to sex trafficking,” he said.

“Thanks to the enactment [of] SESTA, prosecutors can now go after these online traffickers, victims of this abhorrent crime can now have their day in court, and websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking are being shut down and being held liable for their actions.”

Spokespersons for Sanders, Warren, and Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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A man took the microphone at a Sanders rally in Iowa on Saturday and started praising President Trump.

A Trump supporter took center stage at an Iowa campaign rally for 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Saturday, where he stood up and delivered a message to President Trump.

Sanders sensed trouble from the beginning when he saw the young man approach the microphone and said, "Oh, he's looking at his phone. I'm in trouble."

After being given the mic to ask Sanders a question, the man addressed the commander in chief directly, offering him words of encouragement.

"Mr. Trump, keep going man. You're doing a good job," he said. "You know what, I'm a liberal."

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The man was then briefly cut off by boos from the crowd before Sanders urged them to let him finish. The man said he voted for Sanders during the 2016 Democratic primary but is now fully behind the president.

"I don't agree with anything you say. I used to. I voted for you in 2016," he said. "And I've been to Vietnam and seen what socialism has done. It's destroyed the lives [of many]."

The crowd mockingly laughed at his claims before he hit back, and reiterated the failures of socialism.

"You can laugh all you want," he shouted. "Donald Trump is helping our country. All right? He's a good man… Socialism does not work."

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Bernie and the unidentified man continued to shout over one another until the man was escorted out of the room by what appeared to be law enforcement.

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Cenk Uygur says he won’t accept endorsements anymore after Sanders backlash

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Liberal host-turned-congressional hopeful Cenk Uygur announced Friday he will not accept endorsements anymore following Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., receiving backlash for announcing his support of the candidate.

Uygur, a former MSNBC host who founded the progressive digital outlet The Young Turks, formally launched his bid last month to take over California's 25th Congressional District seat left vacant by Democratic Rep. Katie Hill, who resigned amid multiple sex scandals.

On Thursday, Sanders had formally endorsed Uygur's congressional bid.

"I’m endorsing Cenk because I know he will serve ordinary people, not powerful special interests. He is a voice that we desperately need in Congress & will be a great representative for CA-25 and the country," Sanders said in a statement released by the Uygur campaign.

"Cenk has been a strong advocate of Medicare for All and believes that healthcare is a human right, not a privilege," Sanders had said. "He understands that climate change is an existential threat to our country and the planet, and will fight for a Green New Deal."

The presidential hopeful added: "For years, Cenk has inspired people all across the country to organize against corrupt forces in our politics, and now he’s organizing the people in his district to do the same."

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However, the 2020 candidate faced a fierce backlash among other progressives for endorsing Uygur. They referenced the candidate's history of controversial remarks — including derogatory comments about women, his repeated use of the N-word and past comments expressing support for bestiality.

Amid the pile-on, Uygur announced he would not accept any endorsements.

"I can't tell you how much I appreciate the endorsements of Bernie Sanders, Ro Khanna, Nina Turner & local progressive groups that gave me their support. Their stance took real courage in the face of the corporate media and Democratic establishment onslaught," Uygur said Friday. "I want to be free of any influence other than the voters of CA-25."

"I will not be beholden to corporations, lobbyists or special interest groups, and I will not stand by while those groups attack my political allies," he continued. "That’s why I have decided that I will not be accepting any endorsements."

"My job is to represent the voters and the voters alone. The only endorsements I'll be accepting going forward is that of the voters of CA-25," he added.

Sanders formally retracted his support in a statement Friday.

"As I said yesterday, Cenk has been a longtime fighter against the corrupt forces in our politics and he's inspired people all across the country," Sanders said. "However, our movement is bigger than any one person. I hear my grassroots supporters who were frustrated and understand their concerns. Cenk today said he is rejecting all endorsements for his campaign, and I retract my endorsement."

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Also vying for Hill's congressional seat is former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. The special election is scheduled for March.

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Sanders calls Omar ‘extraordinary’ as he teams up with ‘Squad’ member in New Hampshire

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Rep. Ilhan Omar endorses Bernie Sanders, says he will fight against 'western imperialism'

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders returned on Friday to the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House with freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, the high-profile and progressive firebrand member of Congress.

After introducing Sanders at a campaign event at Southern New Hampshire University, the populist senator from Vermont called the controversial Minnesota lawmaker “one of the most extraordinary people in American politics.”

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It was the congresswoman’s first time on the campaign trail with Sanders since she formally endorsed his Democratic presidential nomination bid at a rally in Minneapolis last month.

In her speech introducing Sanders, the congresswoman highlighted how she and Sanders have been labeled by the media and many political pundits as radicals.

Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota joins Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at a campaign event in Manchester, NH on Dec. 13, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota joins Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at a campaign event in Manchester, NH on Dec. 13, 2019

“If believing that 500,000 Americans should not be forced into medical bankruptcy every single year is radical, then we’re proud to be radical,” Omar said as she continued to list a number of examples of why “we should all be proud to be radicals.”

Omar is a member of a group of first-term female progressive House members of color who are collectively known as "the Squad." In addition to Omar, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan have also endorsed Sanders.

The fourth member of the group — Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — has endorsed Sanders' populist rival for the nomination, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Pressley was set to speak later Friday at the same event where Sanders and Omar were also speaking: an awards and fundraising gala for the New Hampshire Young Democrats.

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Omar has repeatedly been embroiled in controversy during her brief tenure in Congress — including over comments about Israel and Jewish Americans that many Republicans and some Democrats considered anti-Semitic. Her comments have also created division among Democrats regarding U.S. policy toward Israel.

There were no demonstrations against Omar at the Southern New Hampshire University event, and people in the mostly pro-Sanders crowd that Fox News spoke to didn’t appear concerned or bothered that the senator was accompanied by the controversial congresswoman.

On the eve of the arrival of Sanders and Omar in New Hampshire, the state GOP issued a statement from a Republican state representative criticizing state Democrats.

"New Hampshire Democrats have really gone too far," Rep. Judy Aron said. "By bringing noted anti-Semite and opponent of Israel Rep. Ilhan Omar to New Hampshire, Democrats are showing how anti-Israel the modern Democrat base is.”

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Sanders mostly delivered his standard stump speech, but he did take aim at President Trump over climate change — specifically at the Republican incumbent’s criticism on Thursday of Greta Thunberg, the teen climate change activist who was named Time’s Person of the Year.

Trump, who was named Time’s Person of the Year in 2016 and was on the shortlist for this year’s honors, took to Twitter to mock the Swedish teenager after she beat him out for the honor.

“So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!” Trump tweeted.

Thunberg, who has Asperger's syndrome, has spoken publicly about the social challenges it creates.

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Taking aim at Trump at his event in New Hampshire, Sanders said: “On this issue, what he is doing by claiming that climate change is a hoax, by actually attacking Greta Thunberg — what he is doing is not only endangering our country but the entire world."

Sanders' mention of Trump’s jab at Thunberg elicited boos from the crowd.

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Warren slips as Buttigieg, Biden, Sanders battle for lead in latest New Hampshire poll

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Pundits say Warren slipping

Medicare plan finally draws spotlight.

MANCHESTER, N.H. – A new poll in New Hampshire — the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House — indicates an airtight contest among South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

And the MassINC Polling Group survey for WBUR released Wednesday also points to a deterioration of support for another top-tier contender for the Democratic presidential nomination – Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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Buttigieg, a one-time longshot who’s soared in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire this autumn, stands at 18 percent among those likely to vote in the Granite State’s Feb. 11 Democratic presidential primary, with Biden at 17 percent and Sanders at 15 percent. Taking into account the survey’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points, the three candidates are basically all tied up for the top spot.

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg shakes hands with voters after filing to place his name on New Hampshire's primary ballot, in Concord, NH on Oct. 30, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg shakes hands with voters after filing to place his name on New Hampshire's primary ballot, in Concord, NH on Oct. 30, 2019

"What's remarkable about this is how close it remains," MassINC president Steve Koczela noted. “We've got three candidates, all within three points of each other — and Elizabeth Warren not that far behind, right there in that top tier.”

Koczela emphasized that the race for the New Hampshire primary “could go in any direction."

Warren – who like Sanders hails from a neighboring state to New Hampshire – stands at 12 percent in the poll. Since this is the first time the pollsters put out a survey this cycle in the New Hampshire presidential primary, no direct comparisons can be made. But her standing in the new poll is in line with her support in other surveys the past month in the New Hampshire primary. Warren registered from the upper teens to around 30 percent in most Granite State polling conducted from September through early November.

Warren has also seen her standing in the polls in Iowa and nationally deteriorate over the past month. The drop came after increased scrutiny of Warren's plans to pay for and implement a government-run, "Medicare-for-all." The populist senator continued to swear off raising middle-class taxes to pay for the high price tag attached to the single-payer health care system (roughly $20 trillion in new spending over a decade). And she broke with fellow progressive champion and 2020 rival Sanders — who wrote the "Medicare-for-all" bill in the Senate — over implementation. Warren's transition play would delay the immediate end of privately held insurance.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang – who’ve both spent a lot of time meeting voters in New Hampshire – each register at 5 percent in the poll.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and billionaire environmental and progressive activist Tom Steyer each stand at 3 percent, with former New York City mayor and multi-billionaire media mogul Mike Bloomberg at 2 percent. Bloomberg – who jumped into the race late last month – is skipping Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, the first four states to hold contests in the presidential nominating calendar. Instead, he’s campaigning in the delegate-rich states that vote on Super Tuesday in early March, and beyond.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and best-selling spiritual author Marianne Williamson are each at 1 percent in the survey, with everyone else in the still large field of Democratic White House hopefuls registering less than 1 percent. That includes former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who last month declared his candidacy.

The poll also indicates that President Trump remains the overwhelming favorite to win New Hampshire’s Republican presidential primary. Trump grabs the backing of 74 percent of those saying they’re likely to vote in the state’s GOP primary. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld – who’s been campaigning in New Hampshire nearly every week since launching his long-shot primary challenge to Trump in April, stands at 9 percent. Former Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois – a very vocal Trump critic – registers at 4 percent.

The MassINC Polling Group survey for WBUR was conducted Dec. 3-8, with 442 likely Democratic presidential primary voters in New Hampshire questioned by live telephone operators.

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