What Are Some Comparisons Between Bernie Sanders and John Edwards?


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Both Bernie Sanders and John Edwards have a passion for addressing poverty in America, for highlighting gender income inequality and fighting to end poverty in America. Bernie Sanders and John Edwards have advocated that a country as rich as the United States should not tolerate any of its citizens living in poverty.

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Many political commentators and political writers claimed that John Edwards did not fare well in the 2004 presidential election because of his singular focus on helping the poor. The issue of poverty in America is discussed in many presidential elections, but political writers comment that using poverty as a main issue never wins a presidential election.

In 2004, John Edwards had position papers on many relevant topics including social issues, international relations and economics, but his campaign is primarily remembered for spotlighting impoverished Americans. In the 2016 presidential campaign, John Edwards is not running, but Bernie Sanders has the same focus on socioeconomic issues that doomed John Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign.

Like Edwards, Sanders also has position papers and talking points about many other relevant subjects, but many political commentators pigeonhole Sanders’s presidential campaign as a rerun of the John Edwards presidential campaign. The Bernie Sanders campaign feels that this is not a John Edwards do-over, but that eradicating poverty will be a more relevant issue in the 2016 presidential election.

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