The Sanders for Senate Committee is starting to put together the strong grass-roots effort we will need in order to win in November. I want to thank many of you for your financial support in helping us make this effort possible. The strength of our campaign will be a huge volunteer effort which will bring together the many elements of our progressive coalition. By the end of our campaign we intend to have knocked on tens of thousands of doors. We will also be holding dozens of rallies in every corner of the state from our largest cities to our smallest towns.
One of the immediate tasks of the campaign will be to gather the signatures we need to get on the ballot as an Independent. The deadline is June 15. While only 500 signatures are legally necessary, we want to gather far more than that in order to demonstrate the strength we have throughout the state. We intend to get signatures on street corners, at farmers markets, door-to-door and on our college campuses.
Please support these efforts by making a contribution to my re-election campaign today.
FIGHTING FOR A PROGRESSIVE VISION
While we continue to do everything we can during the next six months to defeat Republican right-wing extremism, it is also important that we never lose sight of the progressive vision that we are fighting for. If we don't know where we want to go, it will be impossible to get there. Some of the issues that I intend to raise during this campaign are:
Not only must we resist cuts in Social Security, we must lift the cap on taxing higher incomes so that Social Security will be strong for the next 75 years.
Not only must we oppose cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, we must see health care as a right of all and continue the fight for a Medicare for All Single Payer health care system.
Not only must we oppose placing the burden of deficit reduction on the backs of working families, we must demand a progressive tax system in which the wealthy and large corporations start paying their fair share of taxes.
Not only must we oppose those who deny the reality of global warming, we must demand the transformation of our energy system away from fossil fuels into energy efficiency and such sustainable energies as wind, solar, geothermal and bio-mass.
Not only must we oppose cuts in unemployment compensation, we must fight for a jobs program that creates the many millions of jobs our country desperately needs.
These are pivotal
times in the history of our country. I have been extremely proud to have
represented Vermont in the Senate for the last five years and to have worked
with you in the fight to protect and expand our progressive vision.
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