Sanding It Clean
- Sanders is at the helm of a campaign to raise the minimum wage for workers to $15
- He co-sponsored the Freedom of Choice Act in 1993 to fight for reproductive rights for women
- Sanders also wants to decriminalise substance abuse and see it treated as a public heath issue
Bernie Sanders is not afraid to wear his political conscience on his sleeve. The 74-year-old Vermont Senator, a self-declared democratic socialist, has been a crusader against the rising wealth gap in the US for decades. Yet, Sanders has so far remained mostly on the fringes of American politics, despite being a seven-time Congressman and two-term Senator. So what explains his sudden rise to the national political stage in the US where talks of his winnability for the Democrat presidential nomination poses a serious challenge to an established act like Hillary Clinton?