Born in Brooklyn, with a fitting accent, Sanders unsuccessfully joined Vermont Governor and United States Senator in the 1970s before being elected Mayor of Burlington in 1981. For 16 years he was the only congressman in the state before being elected to the Senate in 2006.
Mr. Sanders was a modest legislator in Washington and a kind of lone wolf who has largely driven the same legislative agenda since he was first elected mayor. He voted against the Iraq war and was one of about two dozen senators in 2008 who voted against the $ 700 billion bailout of major banks.
And although he is often regarded as a nervous left-wing fighter, so is he. It is known to get across the aisle and worked on legislation with Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Senator John McCain of Arizona, both Republicans , He rationalized the vote for the 1
Mr. Sanders avoided an in-depth review during his presidential candidacy in 2016, but is likely to face more direct attacks from his opponents and more news media attention in a second bid for the White House.
A 2016 campaign that will almost certainly reappear is his According to Democratic strategists, the debate over the violence after the recent mass shootings is more intense than ever. In 2005, Sanders voted in favor of a law granting weapon manufacturers and traders immunity from most liability proceedings. Mr. Sanders is also due to support he received from the N.R.A. when he ran for Congress in 1990, in part because he vowed not to support a bill that required a wait for the sale of handguns.
Although his message is worn out, Mr. Sanders has indicated that he is trying to eliminate weaknesses from his first presidential campaign. In recent months, he has made a number of trips to the South, where in 2016 he received less than 20 percent of the black vote. On the holidays of Martin Luther King Jr. this year, he made a two-day detour through South Carolina, where in 2016 around 60 percent voted in the Democratic primary. These included black voters who dealt with supporters and students and spoke with legislators.