By a vote of four-to-one, The Hill Talk’s editorial team has chosen to endorse Independent Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for President.
The vote broke down to four votes for Sanders and one vote for Martin O’Malley.
The first reason why Sanders won the endorsement is his track record as a principled and genuine political actor.
Whether you agree with his policies or not, Bernie Sanders has never been afraid to articulate his stance on an issue and stand by it.
Contrast this with his main political rival, Hillary Clinton. Sanders criticized Clinton’s closeness to Wall Street during an early primary debate, Clinton then responded with an Op-Ed piece in The New York Times on how tough she would be on Wall Street as President.
Hillary has young stars like singer Demi Lovato attend her rallies to draw the youth vote.
Young Americans are flocking to Bernie Sanders, yet he doesn’t feel the need to pander to them. He is comfortable with having artists of his youth like Simon & Garfunkel.
Sanders is true to himself and true to his ideas. A refreshing contrast in today’s political climate made all the starker when compared against Hillary Clinton.
Sanders’ focus is to deliver on his policies. Clinton’s focus is to win the White House.
The most deserving leader is not the one who covets an office or a title, it is one who has a set of commitments which he believes will better the lives of his constituents.
The focus of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the campaigns of many other politicians is to convince the people to vote for them.
By contrast, Bernie Sanders doesn’t feel the need to convince people to vote for him and does not want people to vote for him.
Sanders is trying to sell his policies, the same policies that he has stood by throughout his political career.
It is this kind of principled politician that America needs today, and is the reason why The Hill Talk endorses Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for President.
Note: The Hill Talk will be endorsing a Republican candidate on Super Tuesday.
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