Bernie's Journey: From 'Sanders the Socialist' to Commander in Chief?

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Bernie's Journey: From 'Sanders the Socialist' to Commander in Chief?

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It’s been a long, strange trip for Bernie Sanders, and now the U.S. Senate’s most outspoken independent is considering a run for president. How did he get this far? Retrace “Bernie’s Journey” — from mayor of Burlington, Vermont, to skilled senatorial soloist — through the eyes of the state’s independent alternative media. Original material from more than 30 years of Bernie-watching tells the real story of the outsider who would be president. Browse this timeline for a virtual whistle-stop tour of Bernie’s colorful political career.


  • Greg Guma, author of The People's Republic: Vermont and the Sanders Revolution, helped compose this feature.
  • CCTV Center for Media & Democracy contributed archival video footage to the feature. Visit their video archives to order additional Bernie Sanders footage.
  • To reuse archival photos from this feature, please contact photographers Matthew Thorsen (802-318-3056) and/or  Rob Swanson (802-355-1929).

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