WINNSBORO – The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign paid a visit to Winnsboro recently to discuss community issues. Healthcare, education, and Social Security were the night’s main topics.
Dr. Willie Leggett, professor of political science at South Carolina State, was the guest speaker on behalf of Sanders.
Leggett said one of the biggest draws for him was Sanders’ work over the past several decades to promote civil rights and racial equality.
“(Bernie Sanders) raised questions about basic inequality in American society,” Leggett said during the event held last Tuesday.
It is those inequalities that Sanders is aiming to address in bid for President. Sanders has spent much of his time focusing on wage inequality, the need for universal healthcare, and providing higher education at no cost to students.
Many of the examples these policies were based on focused on western European nations which have already implemented them.
The biggest question facing Sanders is how to fund the projects when the nation is trillions of dollars in debt.
Leggett said “one of the ways that he has proposed to pay for get higher education is a greater tax on Wall Street.”
Sanders has been adamant in saying that the top one percent of earners do not pay their fair share of taxes and he wants to see that change.
While Sanders has gained in popularity over the recent months, he still does not have much presence in the south. Some voters had not heard of Sanders until the Oct. 13 Democratic debate. The community issues meetings have been a way for campaign staff to get out in the communities and try to spread awareness.
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