While Jane O'Meara Sanders has supported her husband's political ambition throughout
their 27-year marriage, she was reluctant to embark on this presidential run. She
said they agonized for weeks about the decision. 'We had been back and
forth, back and forth,' she said. 'I know how ugly politics can be.
And our grandchildren, we want to spend some time with them and our kids.'
As the Sanders debated their future on April 18
over breakfast at a South Burlington Denny's, a disabled veteran approached
their table to thank the senator for the help his office provided in securing
benefits. Sanders' eyes welled with tears as she recalled what the man said
next: 'You've changed my life and if you run for president, I think that
would be the best thing for the country.' As the man left, she remembered
saying to her husband, 'Okay, I think you have to do it.'
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