US Senator Bernie Sanders’ Political Revolution

dateline: 10 February 2016/English Club

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • political revolution: a new system of government
  • Democratic: representing the US Democratic Party (as opposed to the Republican Party)
  • primary: an early vote that helps decide a political party’s leader before a presidential election
  • corruption: dishonest behaviour
  • influence: to have an effect on

US Senator Celebrates Start of a Political Revolutionbernie-40hr-work

US Senator Bernie Sanders declared the beginning of a political revolution this week after winning an important preliminary election against Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. The 74-year-old senator, who says he wants to give the government back to the people, received over 80% of the young vote (ages 18-29) at the New Hampshire primary. his presidential , Sanders has been speaking out against corruption. Sanders says that the billionaire class, also known as the 1%, funds and influences political decisions. The senator hopes to win the election with small contributions from everyday Americans. He also wants to make public colleges and tuition free.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Bernie Sanders?
  2. Why does the report mention Hillary Clinton?
  3. What two words are used to describe the super-rich?bernie-all-do-well

Discussion Questions: Young people often rebel against their parents but respect the opinions of their grandparents. Do you think this is why so many youngAmericans are rallying around a 74-year-old presidential candidate?

 

ANSWERS

US Senator Celebrates Start of a Political Revolution
US Senator Bernie Sanders declared the beginning of a political revolution this week after winning an important preliminary election against Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. The 74-year-old senator, who says he wants to give the government back to the people, received over 80% of the young vote (ages 18-29) at the New Hampshire primary. Throughout his presidential campaign, Sanders has been speaking out against political corruption. Sanders says that the billionaire class, also known as the 1%, funds elections and influences political decisions. The senator hopes to win the election with small contributions from everyday Americans. He also wants to make public colleges and universities tuition free.

  1. Bernie Sanders is a US senator who hopes to be chosen as the Democratic leader in the next presidential election.
  2. The report mentions Hillary Clinton because she is Bernie Sanders’ Democratic opponent. She is also running for president and hopes to win the Democratic nomination.
  3. The terms “billionaire class” and “1%” are used to describe the super-rich.

 

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