by Joseph Gresser
NEWPORT — Vermont’s junior U.S. Senator, Bernie Sanders, has spent most of his career in Washington as something of an outsider. An Independent who describes himself as a democratic socialist, Senator Sanders hardly could be called mainstream.
Even after his strong showing in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, which showed a sizeable number of people responded to his policy proposals — raising taxes on corporations and billionaires, adding eye glasses, dental work, and hearing aids to Medicare benefits, and raising the minimum wage, among others — he seemed to have little influence in the corridors of power.
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