Transcript: Sen. Bernie Sanders’s speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on April 12, 2014 – Part 2

Part 2 – Partial transcript of remarks by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on April 12, 2014:

What exists all over America today is that millions and millions and millions of people – working people, low-income people, young people – they look at the political process and they say, “Not for me. I don’t know what these guys are doing but it’s sure is not relevant to my life. And no, I’m not going to vote.”

And so we have millions of people who don’t vote. Or we do have other people who go into the polling booth, they hold their nose, and they vote for what they perceive to be the lesser of two evils. Or we have other people who will vote for this or that issue; somebody would get them going on this issue or that issue.

But what we did in Burlington – and it’s a lesson that I’ve never forgotten – is that if in fact you listened to what people have to say and what they need and you do your best – and it’s hard and you’re not perfect and you make mistakes and you can’t always do everything you want. But if people know you are listening to their needs and you fight for them, you know what? They participate in the political process. They come out to vote. [Applause]

And we ended up winning in Burlington. We took on Democrats. We took on Republicans. And we ended up winning 2 to 1 in the low-income and working class wards of the city.

And that lesson has always stayed with me. How in fact do you make government relevant to all of the people in a democratic society? How do you involve people in the process? How do you stand up and fight for ordinary Americans?


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