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More Americans say they would vote for a Muslim or an atheist for president than they would for a socialist, according to a recent Gallup Poll. Yet “socialist” is now how Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has described himself throughout his career.
Sanders has not run from the term, even as he surges in his race for president.
His socialist tag line first reached a national audience in the 1980s when Sanders became mayor of Burlington.
“They laughed at Bernie Sanders when he ran for mayor, not just because he was a brash outsider from Brooklyn, neither Republican nor Democrat, but because he was an avowed socialist,” said an NBC News report in 1985, the day Sanders was sworn in for his third term as Burlington mayor.
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