Bernie Sanders sings, then mayor of Burlington, Vermont, sings into the microphone during a recording session on Nov. 20, 1987. The mayor, accompanied by a backup group of Vermont singers, put out a tape of five songs and a discussion of his philosophy. Sanders said at the time that music is a powerful way to communicate with the masses.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), once considered a long shot for president, has been gaining in recent polls in New Hampshire, a key primary state, and may present a serious challenge to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
A CNN/WMUR poll released Thursday shows that Sanders is just 8 percentage points behind Clinton. Among Democratic primary voters surveyed, 45 percent said that Sanders “cares the most about people like you,” while 24 percent said the same about Clinton. When asked which Democratic candidate “best represents the values of Democrats like yourself,” 41 percent said Sanders, and 30 percent said Clinton.
The results are consistent with other recent polling in New Hampshire. Two polls last week had Sanders within 10 points of Clinton’s lead, suggesting that Clinton, the presumptive favorite, may be vulnerable in the Granite State.
It helps that Sanders is from Vermont, New Hampshire’s neighbor. He also has benefited from a post-announcement bump. Sanders officially kicked off his campaign with a boisterous rally in Vermont at the end of May. He has drawn large crowds over the last few weeks at campaign events in key primary states, including New Hampshire, as well as Iowa and Nevada.
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With progressive icon Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) not running for president, Sanders has consolidated support among the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
Though describing oneself as a democratic socialist may appear to be a political liability, voters seem receptive to Sanders’ policy positions. Earlier this week, a Gallup survey found that 47 percent of Americans said they would consider voting for a socialist for president, including 59 percent of Democrats.
Though the poll numbers are encouraging for ardent Sanders supporters, it’s still too early to gauge how much support Sanders will have in New Hampshire, and things can certainly change before the primary in February.
Sanders continues to trail Clinton nationally. According to HuffPost Pollster, Sanders would get less than 15 percent of the vote nationally, compared with Clinton’s 59 percent. Even in the CNN/WMUR New Hampshire poll, when respondents were asked which candidate possesses “the personal characteristics and qualities that you think a President should have,” Clinton edged out Sanders.
The poll surveyed 1,010 New Hampshire residents via phone from June 18 to June 24, including 360 people who said they are planning to vote in the Democratic primary.
Tallinn (AFP) – The US will deploy heavy weapons in central and eastern Europe for the first time, Washington said Tuesday, in the midst of the worst stand-off between Russia and the West since the Cold War, triggered by the crisis in Ukraine.
“We will temporarily stage one armoured brigade combat team’s vehicles and associated equipment in countries in central and eastern Europe,” US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said at a joint press conference with three Baltic defence ministers on the eve of NATO ministerial talks.
“This pre-positioned European activity set includes tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, artillery,” he said, adding that Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania and Poland had “agreed to host company- to battalion-sized elements of this equipment” which would be “moved around the region for training and exercises.”
“While we do not seek a cold, let alone a hot war with Russia, we will defend our allies,” Carter added.
The Pentagon said the deployment of 250 heavy weaponry would include 90 Abrams tanks, 140 Bradley armoured vehicles, and 20 self-propelled howitzers.
“The American move sends a signal to Russia, US allies and other global powers that the US is a leading global military power able to counter Russian threats in the region — that it’s not a power in decline,” Marcin Terlikowski, a security analyst with the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), told AFP.
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The US announcement comes as NATO vowed Monday to step up its military presence in eastern Europe against the backdrop of the conflict in Ukraine.
Ukrainian rebels on Tuesday accused government forces of killing three civilians in attacks launched hours before the start of crunch talks in Paris on ways to halt the 15-month separatist war.
Kiev’s Western-backed military command meanwhile reported the death of one soldier and accused the pro-Russian rebels of heavy mortar and artillery fire.
The ongoing bloodshed underscores a repeated failure by diplomats to find a way out of a crisis that has killed 6,500 people in a little over a year.
Entering the Paris talks, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the recent deaths “shows that the ceasefire isn’t just fragile but that the daily violations are becoming more frequent.”
US Secretary of Defense Asthon Carter talks with soldiers of the German-Dutch Corps during his visit …
“Without a ceasefire, all the other factors won’t come together,” warned the minister ahead of talks with his French, Russian and Ukrainian counterparts.
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