Now a socialist in the Senate

PUBLISHED: 12:45 08 December 2006 | UPDATED: 19:53 01 June 2010

AMIDST the dog fight between Democrat and Republican in the US November mid-term elections, a remarkable result was barely covered – for the first time, ever; a socialist was elected to the US Senate. Bernie Sanders was elected to the US House of Represen

AMIDST the dog fight between Democrat and Republican in the US November mid-term elections, a remarkable result was barely covered - for the first time, ever; a socialist was elected to the US Senate.

Bernie Sanders was elected to the US House of Representatives as an independent 16 years ago. He has now won the Vermont seat in the Senate. In fact he romped it. Sanders won 170,000 votes against 84,517 for his opponent.

Sanders has built up a formidable following and support. An outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq, Sanders' demand that the US troops be brought home has overwhelming support.

And Bernie has as much support for his position on health, wealth, national minimum wage and the environment.

He has repeatedly led the argument for a national healthcare system which ensures every American gets free treatment.

He has led thousands of people across the Canadian border to protest and buy their prescription drugs there because they are a third of the price of US-bought drugs.

The people of Vermont have again put their faith in him and his socialist ideas. For the next six years he will represent them in the US Senate.

JOHN SMITHEE

Kingsley Avenue

Wisbech


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